This is one of my husband’s favorite Christmas cookies.
It kind of surprises me because he’s usually all about anything with chocolate or peanut butter in it. While he likes mint, he doesn’t usually choose it if he has any other choice. But here we are, years later and every year, regardless of whatever other cookies I bake for the season, I have to make sure I make these Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies for him.
The good news is that he always steps in to help me with this recipe. When it’s time to scoop the dough and roll them into balls, he’s Johnny on the spot, scooping the dough into equal portions while I quickly roll them up and place them on the cookie sheet. I don’t generally gravitate towards making sandwich cookies because I hate that you end up with half of what you baked. So, you roll 80 perfect little balls of dough and poof! Now they are 40 sandwiches. Don’t get me wrong. It’s all worth it, but when I’m cranking out hundreds and hundreds of cookies in December each year, I’d like my 80 to stay 80 which means I then need to double the recipe so that I end up with the 80 that I think I deserve. (And let’s not even talk about the 160…)
That’s why he helps me. If I can get the recipe done in half the time, then I think he believes my perception will change on the whole effort reward issue with sandwich cookies. It’s just a math thing. I don’t want to divide my yield by 2. One of these days I’ll get over it because I really like sandwich cookies and it’s nice to put something a little bit different on a cookie tray.
The cookie itself is a tender chocolate dough. Not crispy, but tender and soft. After you roll the balls, you press them flat with the bottom of a sugar coated glass, then bake. A couple of years ago, I realized that I had a glass with a design on the bottom. Now I only use that glass and it makes for a very pretty cookie!
The filling is minty and fudgy. A generous dollop goes on each half and then with a swirling pressing motion, the filling makes its way to the outer edges and you end up with a delicious, soft, chocolaty cookie filled with a fudgy, creamy, minty center.
They are a favorite of more than just my husband’s. I have a few friends that would not be happy if these didn’t show up on the tray each year. For me, they’ve simply become a new tradition. I have my own favorite minty cookie that I’ll be posting next week, so I generally offer to split one of these in half with my husband, opting to spend my “whole” on another minty favorite.
Now that math works just fine for me.