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housewolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 05:43 PM
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Melissa's Delicate Mint Sandwich Holiday Cookies Recipe
Perhaps you'll remember when Melissa won the "Next Food Network Star" show a couple years ago. This is one of her recipes. I haven't tried them so can't vouch for the recipe, but it's so holiday-ish I thought you might enjoy it. They'd be wonderful as star cookies with little star cut-outs, some colored pink and others green.

Melissa's Delicate Mint Sandwich Holiday Cookies




Ingredients
Cookies:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Colored sugars, such as green, blue, red, silver and white

Mint Filling:

1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 or 2 drops mint extract
1 or 2 drops red or green food coloring
Confectioners' sugar, for dusting, optional

Directions

For the cookies: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until smooth using a handheld mixer in a medium bowl. Add the flour slowly, mixing on low, until incorporated. Scoop the dough into a ball using your hands and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until the dough has firmed slightly, about 30 minutes.

On a floured surface, roll the dough about 1/8-inch thick. Cut out as many rounds as possible with a small cookie cutter and transfer to ungreased baking sheets, leaving about 1 inch between each cookie. Re-roll the dough scraps and repeat until all the dough is used. Use a smaller cutter, about 3/4-inch, or cut freehand with a small sharp knife to punch a small window out of half of the cookies. Place the cutouts on the baking sheets and sprinkle all the cookies and cutouts with the colored sugars.

Bake until golden around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheets and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

For the filling: Place the sugar, butter, mint extract, food coloring and 1/2 teaspoon of water in a medium bowl and beat on medium speed until well combined and fluffy. Spread a thin layer of mint filling on the cookies without the windows and place the wafers with the windows on top. Sprinkle with the confectioners' sugar, if using, and serve the sandwich cookies with the cutout cookies on the side.
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 08:47 PM
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1. I'm lusting after the cookie...plain,.. with maybe an addition of some flavoring.
Almond...anise oil....vanilla...lotsa possibilities.

I love mint too...so the filling might be fun!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 03:57 PM
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2. I used an icing that was like that filling to frost brownies
which were finished off with a drizzle of chocolate. They were popular.
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Inspired Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 08:12 PM
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3. You could also replace the mint extract with almond extract. n/t
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