12 Days of Cookies: 12 Drummers Drumming

12 Days of Cookies: 12 Drummers Drumming
Servings: 12 Yield: 3 dozen Chill 2 hrs in refrigerator Bake 375°F 12 mins Cool 2 mins

Ingredients

Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
Filling:
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • Candy canes, crushed

Make It

Prepare dough:

1. In medium bowl, combine flour and cocoa. Set aside. In large bowl, with mixer on high, beat butter and sugar until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in egg until blended. With wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until dough forms. Divide dough in half, and shape each half into 9-inch log. Wrap and refrigerate 2 hours.

Make filling:

2. In large bowl, with mixer on high, beat powdered sugar, butter, milk, and peppermint extract until fluffy. Place in resealable plastic bag, and snip off corner.

3. Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Slice cookie logs into 1/2-inch slices and place 1/2 inch apart on baking sheets. Bake 12 minutes. Cool 2 minutes and transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

4. Pipe filling onto 36 cookies. Top with remaining cookies. Decorate with crushed candy canes as desired.