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Cookie Recipe to Put a Smile on Santa's Face

Leave something Santa will 'ho ho ho' about.

Wondering which treats to leave out for Santa this Christmas Eve? The Savory Spice Shop in Westfield has a recipe for a homemade alternative to a store-bought favorite.

Almost Oh-ree-oh!

Ingredients:

For chocolate cookies:

  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup black onyx cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsalted butter (1 1/4 stick)
  • 1 x large egg
  • For creamy filling:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

For creamy filling:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Set rack in middle. In mixing bowl, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoas, baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugars. After combined, on low speed, add the butter then the egg.

Continue mixing until dough comes together in a mass (about 3 minutes). Place 2 tsp. of batter on a parchment lined baking sheet, about 2 inches apart. With the bottom of a glass slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once. Set on baking racks to cool.

For filling, mix butter and shortening on low speed, gradually beating in the sugar and vanilla. When combined, turn mixer on high and beat for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. To assemble cookies, put filling in a gallon zip top bag. Squeeze all filling to one corner, and cut off the corner of bag. Pipe about 1 tsp. of filling into the center of one cookie. Sandwich with another cookie and enjoy!

Yields: 20 servings

Thanks to: Becky Schiffle, Savory Spice Shop customer

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