It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
And all so can say is thank goodness. This year has been long and hard. It’s felt hard to stay hopeful. Something about having a tree lit up in the house makes things feel better. My morning cup of hot chocolate sets my heart at ease. I love the holidays and simply couldn’t need the Christmas cheer more this year.
If you know me, you know I’m obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED, with Trader Joe’s. I do just about all my grocery shopping there. At any given point I will always have their blueberry waffles and pizza mac and cheese in the freezer. So when I went to Trader Joe’s after work on Monday and saw a big sign in front of the peppermint JoeJoes limiting them to five boxes per customer, I knew I had to have some. These are a game changer.
One of the best things about Trader Joe’s is their seasonal items. These also double as the worst thing about TJs, once an item is gone it’s gone until this time next year. These were too good not to have all year, so I just had to experiment in the kitchen.
These cookies might be some of my favorites we I’ve ever made. While the chocolate cookie part isn’t as crisp as the signature crunch of a Joe Joe’s (or oreos), makes these into a whoopie pie. I’m not complaining. The cookie part is perfectly soft, the filling is perfectly sweet and tastes just like Christmas. Seriously. What more could you want?
These cookies are impressive, and so so easy to make! Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and prepare a baking sheet with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
In a medium mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugars. Stir in egg, milk, and peppermint extract. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
Scoop 1 tablespoon of dough, roll into a ball, and place on baking tray 2 inches apart. Bake for 6-7 minutes. Let cookies cool on the baking tray for 3-5 minutes after, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.
While cookies are cooling, beat butter until smooth and creaming. Beat in powdered sugar, milk, and crushed peppermints.
Spoon peppermint filling onto the bottom of a cookie, then place the bottom of another cookie on top of the filling, making a sandwich.
Sprinkle with peppermint dust or powdered sugar.
I hope this recipe brings you all some holiday cheer! I certainly need all of it that I can get. Let me know what kinds of recipes you want to see soon! Thanks for sticking around!
Peppermint Whoopie Pie
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp milk
- 1/2 cup crushed peppermints
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add peppermint extract and the egg. Mix until combined.
- Add in dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
- Scoop 1 tbsp on dough and round into a ball. Set dough 2 inches apart on baking tray. Bake for 6-7 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking tray for 3-5 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter on high until smooth. Mix in powdered sugar, milk, and crushed peppermint pieces.
- Spoon peppermint filling onto the underside of a cookie, covering it. Place the underside of another cookie on top of the peppermint filling to make a cookie sandwich.