Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Starlight Peppermint Cream

These are the most decadent fudgiest cookies you will ever eat. I think of them as a cookie that eats like a brownie. Starlight peppermints have been a favorite of mine since childhood. My mom and I would start making candy wreaths in September so we could give everyone in our neighborhood "a Starlight gift"

Recipe courtesy Hedy Goldsmith
TOTAL TIME: 2 hr 5 min
Prep: 45 min
Inactive Prep: 1 hr
Cook: 20 min
 
YIELD: 26 cookies
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

FUDGE COOKIES:
  • 2 1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 14 1/2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped (2 1/2 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons ground espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup mini dark chocolate chips
PEPPERMINT CREAM FILLING:
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 6 tablespoons crushed peppermints (about 18 candies)
  • Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
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Directions

Special equipment: You'll need a piping bag with a plain 1/2-round tip.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line three sheet pans with parchment.

Make the cookies: Melt the butter over simmering water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once melted, remove from the heat, add the chopped chocolate and stir until melted. Set aside in a warm place.

In a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, whip the brown sugar and eggs on high speed until thick and ribbony, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground espresso and both extracts and whip for another 3 minutes. With a rubber spatula, fold in the warm chocolate/butter mixture. Stir to combine.

Sift together the flour, salt, cinnamon and baking powder. Fold the dry ingredients into the chocolate mixture, then fold in the chocolate chips.

Using a small ice cream scoop or a heaping teaspoon, scoop the cookies onto the sheet pans, leaving 2 inches in between. Bake until the tops become shiny and start to crack, 7 to 8 minutes. Do not overbake. Let the cookies cool completely on the pan before filling.

Make the peppermint cream: Heat the cream in a small saucepan over low heat until it comes to a simmer. Do not boil. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chocolate, both extracts and the salt. Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator for about 1 hour. Check the texture-it should be pudding-like.

In a stand mixer fitted with the whip attachment, whip the chocolate cream on medium speed until slightly firm peaks form. With a rubber spatula, fold in the crushed peppermints.

Spoon the filling into the piping bag and pipe it on the undersides of half of the cookies. Arrange another cookie on top. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar.

Once filled, serve the cookies right away. If there are leftovers, store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 1 day. Store unfilled cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

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