So this is an extremely delayed post, but I made these right before Christmas to bring to a neighborhood party and they were a huge hit! They are just so extremely cute as well as decadent…it’s hard not to love them.
Just look at ’em 🙂 little cutie pies.
Now for this neighborhood party I made chocolate covered pretzels as well. Super easy.. get pretzel rods, melt chocolate (whatever kind floats your boat) dip into the chocolate and lay on wax paper to set. I covered some with rainbow sprinkles, others with chocolate chips and drizzled others with melted peanut butter. Yum yum yum.
Chocolate Fudge Cookies:
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 Tbsp butter
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup mini chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup butter
- 2.5 – 3 cups powdered sugar
- 3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-2 tbsp milk (I used 2%)
- 1/2 cup candy cane dust (about 8-10 candy canes pulverized in a food processor or smashed with a rolling pin- it’s fun)
1. So first we’re starting with the cookies. In a large bowl sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt.
2. Melt the chocolate in the microwave, it takes a few go arounds, but start with 1 min. Stir, and if needed add another 30 seconds. In a small bowl beat the butter until smooth, adding the sugars after. It will be very granular. Mix in the eggs and vanilla until incorporated. Add the chocolate next, and then start adding the dry ingredients! Fold in the chocolate chips and voila, you have your batter.
3. Chill dough for at least a half hour- it’s just so much easier to handle this way. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Scoop a small ball of dough and roll into a slightly flattened ball. You’ll want to make sure you’re cookies are about the same size because you’re making sandwiches! Bake for about 10 min, they will still be a little soft but will firm up quickly.
4. Now for the buttercream! YUM. Beat the butter until smooth first, then slowly add the powdered sugar. Add the vanilla extract, salt and 1 tbsp milk. You can beat for 1 min with an electric mixer, but I prefer to do everything by hand. Definitely manually stir in the candy cane dust. *if your buttercream needs to be thicker, add more powdered sugar, if it needs to be thinnger, add milk, if too sweet add salt!
5. Frost the bottom of a cookie and top with another to make a sandwich! Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat and up to five days! Enjoy!