Chocolate and Peppermint Stars

Chocolate and Peppermint Stars
Chocolate and Peppermint Stars

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

40

cookies

PREP TIME

25

minutes

TOTAL TIME

45

minutes

SERVINGS

40

servings

Ingredients

  • 20

    round hard peppermint candies

  • 1 1/4

    C all-purpose flour

  • 3/4

    C unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder

  • Salt

  • 1 1/2

    sticks unsalted butter, room temp

  • 1

    C sugar

  • 1

    large egg

  • 1/2

    t. pure vanilla extract

Directions

1. Finely grind peppermint candies in a food processor. 2. Whisk together flour, cocoa and 1/8 t. salt in bowl. 3. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed until combined, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg, then vanilla and beat for 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in flour mixture until combined, about 2 minutes. Shape dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. 4. Roll out dough to a 1/8 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes. 5. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut out star shapes using 2 1/2, 4 1/2 and 5 inch cookie cutters. Cut a smaller star from the center of each cookie using cookie cutters that are about 1 inch smaller than the larger cutter used. Transfer cookies to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each 1 inch apart. Bake until slightly firm, 12-15 minutes. 6.Fill the center of each cookie with ground peppermints. Bake until candy melts, about 6 minutes. Let cookies cool on sheets set on wire racks for 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and let cool completely. MAKE AHEAD: Dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks and frozen for up to 1 month. Store cookies at room temperature for 3 days.

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