You might remember Christmas in a Bowl. Layers of homemade brownies, white chocolate peppermint mousse, and dark chocolate pudding. It’s decadent, rich, and a must-have this time of year. But I’ve decided to extend the Christmas in a Bowl family. At 12:25 early yesterday afternoon, Christmas in a Cookie was born. The labor was quick. Much faster than Christmas in a Bowl. She’s tiny but packs a festive punch.

She may look a bit familiar as I based her off of her cousin—Salted Dark Chocolate Nutella Cookie. She lost her nutella filling, rightly so, and gained a white chocolate peppermint ganache. I think, if Christmas were a cookie, it would taste something like this.

Christmas in a Cookie

Yield: 18 sandwich cookies

Christmas in a Cookie

Ingredients

Cookie
1 1/4 c. all-purpose unbleached flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 c. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 egg
sea salt
Filling
10 oz. white chocolate
1/4 c. crushed peppermint, plus more for garnish
2 tbsp. salted butter, room temperature
2/3 c. heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Make cookies. Preheat oven to 375°. Line baking sheets with Silpat or parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in egg.
  4. Slowly mix in flour mixture until evenly incorporated.
  5. Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Flatten balls with the bottom of a glass, about 2 1/4-inches in diameter. Use extra flour on the bottom of the cup if sticking occurs. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake 12 up on a sheet leaving 1-inch space between each cookie. Minor spreading will occur.
  6. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool for 1 minute on baking sheet and carefully transfer to a cooling rack.
  7. Allow to cool completely.
  8. Make ganache. Add white chocolate chips, peppermints, and butter to a heat proof bowl. Heat cream in a saucepan over medium-high heat until simmering.
  9. Pour over chocolate chip mixture and whisk until combined. Allow to cool and thicken, about 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
  10. Spread ganache over half of the cookies. Sprinkle with additional peppermints. Top with cookie. Store in an airtight container. Cookies are best after resting overnight. The ganache softens them up nicely.

Notes

• White chocolate can be finicky. If it doesn't melt completely, add mixture back into the saucepan and continue to heat.

• Small candy cane crush the easiest. Use the flat side of a meat mallet to crush.

• To speed up the ganache cooling process, set over a bowl of ice water.

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