Monday, December 10, 2012

Giant Peppermint Oreos


I've been trying to schedule my posts for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday early in the morning, but my mom and dad came down to do their Christmas shopping this past weekend. We pretty much did nothing but shop, go out to eat, and relax. Can't really complain about that...but I didn't get much blog work done.

On the plus side, our house was oddly clean.

Even though we shopped almost all day on Saturday, all I bought was 2 pairs of socks. Boring. I guess I shop better under pressure, but I'll probably be super annoyed with myself in a week and a half. I guess it's the super frugal part of me that's been hard to shake. When we were younger, my sisters would get so mad at me because I'd come home from a trip with more money than I took! I'm still not sure how I pulled that off.

We went to Cheesecake Factory on Saturday night, which is always a success. (Any one else love that their burrito is as big as your forearm?) Although I did end up getting a massive headache and didn't dig into my cheesecake until yesterday. I have figured out that the perfect storm for me getting a headache is being dehydrated and going too many days without an adjustment. I really have no excuse for the adjustment because Nick's a chiropractor and we have a table in our living room. On a related note, I'd love if somebody came to decorate my place! The decor is mixed/dysfunctional at best. I have the tree part handled, but the rest could sure use a boost.


Last week while shopping at Trader Joe's we picked up some peppermint Joe Joe's. Obviously, they tasted really good, which inspired me to make a homemade version. If somebody has seen a recipe for the ginger white chocolate-dipped version, let me know! I tried one of my mom's and would love to have a recipe!




Peppermint Oreos
Adapted slightly from this recipe
Makes about 16 large sandwich cookies

Filling
About 1 cup of vanilla buttercream frosting (I used a portion of this recipe) 
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 
10 Andes peppermint crunch thins, finely chopped 

Cookie
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon strong coffee, optional
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon sea salt

In a small bowl, stir the frosting, peppermint extract, and Andes together.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla, and coffee until fully combined.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and sea salt.

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter until fully incorporated.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface until about 1/8- to 1/4-inch thick. Using a circle cookie cutter, cut out circles and transfer to parchment-lined cookie sheets.

Bake for 12-14 minutes and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

Once cookies have cooled, put a heaping tablespoon of filling in the middle of a cookie, top with another cookie, and slowly press together, moving the cookies in small circles to spread the filling. Once you do this once, you'll see what I mean.

They are best served at room temperature. If you store them in an airtight container, they will soften slightly, but still be pretty crisp.



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Sweet 2 Eat Baking

27 comments :

  1. You are a very talented photographer! And yummy, I'll have to try these now.

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    1. Coming from you, Brita, that'a a really nice compliment! Thanks for checking out my blog!

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  2. Ooo, these look so good. We don't get peppermint Oreos, or pretty much any of the festive confectionary you get over there so I'm so going to have to try these. I've not heard of the Joe-Joes, but I'm assuming these are pretty much the same as Oreos? Beautiful photos too. I also *try* to schedule my posts for Mon/Weds/Fri but like you, life sometimes gets in the way.

    -Lisa.
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    1. Yup, Lisa! Joe Joe's are pretty much like Oreos, but a store brand. I have not been able to put these things down...

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  3. I've been making many-a oreo this season and thought I was the only one! We are meant to be friends :)

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    1. We could all use more friends that make homemade Oreos! At least that's how I feel...

      Thanks for coming by Melissa!

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  4. These look amazing. I just pinned it. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

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    1. Thanks for pinning Debi! I always appreciate a little pin love...

      I'll be sure to check out your link party tomorrow. I have to get to bed before I collapse!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Ohhhh these look perfect! I love the chocolate peppermint combo and your photos are lovely too!

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    1. Thank you so much. Learning more about photography has been the most challenging and rewarding part about this blog. Thanks for checking them out!

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  6. shop, eat, relax. I couldn't think of a better way to spend my weekend!! Plus, baking a batch of cookies. Yep, that's how I'd like to spend every weekend! Loretta. these homemade oreos are perfection. They look incredible and so easy to make. I ADORE peppermint Jo Jos!! I love your photos :)

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    1. I know, Sally! All it was missing was a little self-pampering (massage, maybe) and it would have been the ultimate!

      I know I'm not ready for peppermint and chocolate to go away yet, so I'm glad we still have another month...

      And yeah. Joe Joe's. Those are some dangerous cookies to have around!

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  7. The cookies look wonderful. Perfect for the holidays!

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    1. El, if you brought these to a party, I have a feeling they wouldn't last too

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. They look so beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Karianne's! I love chocolate and peppermint and haven't seen a recipe like this one yet!

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    1. You're sweet! Thanks for coming by and commenting! I'd love to hear what you think if you try them.

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  9. Wow! Your photography is AMAZING! These are so pretty! And easy and fun (the perfect combination for me)! I think I'm going to make them.....I'll let you know how they turn out!

    Have a blessed and totally awesome day!

    karianne

    PS Totally sharing them on Facebook!

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    1. Oh thanks Karianne! One piece of advice: make sure you have someone to share them or they'll 'disappear' on you. I know this from experience...

      Thanks for sharing them on Facebook.

      Have a great weekend!

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  10. These also look so amazing! Wish I had one now =)

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    1. If I could, I'd give you a few! I ate way too many!

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  11. I love these and wish I had one right now! I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring them this evening on Whatcha’ Whipped Up. Thanks for sharing and I hope to see you there again this week!

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    1. Thank you Dawn! That's so awesome of you! I'll be linking up again for sure...

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  12. The recipe does not have the cocoa listed so I don't know how much to use. If it was listed in the comments I didn't read it. Please assist.

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  13. So sorry, I found it.

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    1. Ok, good! You had me running for my notebook there for a second!

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  14. I like intense chocolat flavor, so I think I will try using Special Dark cocoa.

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    1. I love intense chocolate too, but last time I was out, I couldn't find it. Let me know how they turn out!

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