Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream.

Rich, fudgy chocolate cookies stuffed with candy cane buttercream. A festive favorite!

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I have a confession.  I bought 3 huge boxes of candy canes and am using them in recipes left and right. Hopefully you love candy canes as much as I do? Right?

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What we have here today is a fudgy chocolate cookie sandwich stuffed with candy cane buttercream in the center.

What is candy cane buttercream? Glad you asked.

The delightfully festive buttercream starts just as any basic vanilla buttercream – butter, vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and a touch of milk. I use this classic recipe anytime I want a vanilla frosting.

Simply grind up some candy canes and sift the candy cane “dust” into the vanilla buttercream. The dust gives the buttercream just enough peppermint flavor and a charming light pink hue, which I think is gorgeous paired with the dark chocolate cookies! I love a pretty cookie.

Confession.  I ate some leftover candy cane “dust bunnies” with a spoon ->  minty powdery perfection!  Candy cane dust will be the loudest, but sweetest thing you’ll food processor will ever make. ;)

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The cookies themselves are worth writing home about.  They have cocoa powder, rich melted chocolate, and mini chocolate chips in the dough – a triple chocolate threat.  Would you have it any other way? The cookies are rich and dense, just like brownies.  My version of a “brookie” - the brownie cookie.  This cookie dough recipe is same recipe I used for my York Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies and it never fails.

The cookies are a chocoholics pure dream and the perfect “bread” for the minty candy cane buttercream. The absolute best part of these cookies is that they stand the true cookie test – remaining soft, even the next day.  To keep the frosting fresh, be sure to store your extras in the refrigerator. If you have any extras, that is. {we didn’t} ;)

My intense fudgy cookies aren’t for the faint of heart and do require a few steps. For a short cut, try using my Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake Mix Cookies instead! Cake mix short-cut, I’m all about those sometimes.

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You and your family are going to just love these cookie sandwiches this holiday season!

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Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream

Rich, fudgy chocolate cookies stuffed with candy cane buttercream. A festive favorite!

Yield: 2 dozen sandwiches

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cookies

  • 1 cup + 1 Tablespoon (133g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (32g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I use 1 package Baker's Semi Sweet chocolate)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 Tablespoons (75g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (180g) mini chocolate chips

Candy Cane Buttercream Frosting

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2.5 - 3 cups (300-360g) confectioners sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-2 Tablespoons (15-30ml) heavy cream or milk
  • 1/2 cup candy cane dust, sifted (about 8-10 candy canes pulverized in a food processor)
  • crushed candy canes for rolling, optional

Directions:

Begin with the cookies. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir. Continue to melt in 30 second increments until fully melted and smooth. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Set aside. With an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and creamy – about 1 minute. Beat in the sugars, scraping down the sides every 10 seconds or so. The mixture will be granular.

Mix in the beaten egg/vanilla until incorporated. Add the chocolate in a steady stream and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients on slow speed. Fold in the mini chocolate chips. Do not overmix at any point in this process.

Chill dough for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop about 1 Tablespoon of dough and roll into a slightly flattened ball. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies have just begun to set with the centers still appearing very soft. They will firm up as they cool.

As the cookies cool, make the buttercream. Beat the butter for 1 minute with the paddle attachment on medium speed. Add 2.5 cups of sifted powdered sugar and slowly mix on low speed. Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 1 Tablespoon of cream/milk. Beat for about 1 minute. Manually stir in candy cane dust. If your buttercream needs to be thicker, add more powdered sugar. If your frosting needs to be thinned out, add remaining milk/cream. If frosting is too sweet, add a pinch of salt.

Frost the bottom end of a cooled cookie and top with another to make a sandwich. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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67 Responses to “Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Candy Cane Buttercream.”

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    Liz (Little Bitty Bakes)posted November 15, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    I love that you’re jumping right into holiday-themed desserts with the candy canes! I loooove candy canes and will be fully embracing them after Thanksgiving. That’s when I wave goodbye to pumpkin and say hello to mint and molasses. :)

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    • Sallyreplied on November 15th, 2012 at 8:52 pm

      i cannot get enough mint and molasses! although i do have a pumpkin recipe next!!! Thanks Liz, as always xo

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    Blog is the New Blackposted November 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Looks insanely delicious, and tomorrow I was planning on making fudgy brownies with almost this exact frosting! YUM!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 5:42 am

      can’t wait to see your brownies!! :)

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    Ikhlasposted November 15, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I love this cookie recipe…they were SO dense and fudgy when I made them. Can’t wait to try the buttercream with them next time! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 5:43 am

      so glad that you made the cookies before – they are SO good with the buttercream Ikhlas!

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    Dorothy @ Crazy for Crustposted November 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Ohmigosh. I want to lick my screen. That buttercream….yum. I need to make it, like, yesterday.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.posted November 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Fudgy cookies! And that purty buttercream?! Yes!

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    Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girlposted November 15, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    I looooove putting candy canes in my food processor. I use the leftovers in my coffee. :-) And this buttercream? Swoon. I am all.about peppermint. And stuffed in between chocolate cookies?!?!? You are the best!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 5:44 am

      Ashley! i am obsessed with your idea – the dust in my coffee!! I never thought of that! ok, doing that this weekend!!!

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    Loretta Eposted November 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    I love how buttercream is a blank slate for any flavor imaginable! Your peppermint version sounds divine!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 5:45 am

      hi Loretta! you’re right – it IS a blank slate for practically any flavor! I’m thinking of a dark chocolate buttercream next :)

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    luv what you doposted November 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I never bake with candy canes, but I need to start. These look so good!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 5:45 am

      i’ve been baking left and right with candy canes! lol

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      • luv what you doreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 9:19 pm

        I just picked up the candy cane white chocolate covered pretzels from Trader Joe’s. Not sure what I’m going to do with them, but I’m sure it will be yummy!

        • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

          candy cane white chocolate pretzels? those sound SO good! throw them in cookies :)

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    Jessposted November 16, 2012 at 12:36 am

    These are brilliant! They started randomly selling candy canes in July here in Bangkok (perhaps someone was confused?), but now I can’t find them! Fingers crossed that the stores figure out it’s time in the next couple weeks!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 5:46 am

      candy canes in July?? i don’t think i would complain! i hope they pop up again soon though Jess!

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    Nicole @ Lapetitebakerposted November 16, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Oh man, you just made my night with these cookies! They are the perfect PMS cure all.

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 5:47 am

      HAHAHAHHA yes!!!! exactly, Nicole – these should be made once per month. ;)

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted November 16, 2012 at 2:05 am

    Candy cane buttercream?! Yeah, I could swim in that. And bathe in that. And sleep in that. And then eat it all of course.

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 5:47 am

      Chung-Ah! You and I alike my friend. and i’m seeing your link for the lightened up pumpkin donuts – i am literally posting “lightened up pumpkin bars” on Sunday! we are practically the same girl :)

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    Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?!posted November 16, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Is it illegal to dip a spoon into the candy cane buttercream bowl? :)
    I’m afraid I’d have to make a double batch of the buttercream…half might not make it onto the cookies. ;)
    As always, another great recipe!

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    Elaineposted November 16, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Chocolate and peppermint screams Christmas! These are making me really excited for the holidays. They remind me of a sandwich cookie that my grandmother used to make, except hers weren’t as pretty (don’t tell her I said that!). And I think you are awesome for creating a new word-brookie! Haha love it!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 10:00 am

      i like your grandmother’s thinking Elaine! I won’t tell her though ;)

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    amy @ fearless homemakerposted November 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

    Chocolate + mint is one of my favorite combinations, so I know i’d love these! they look just wonderful, especially that candy cane buttercream. YUM! Wish you lived closer so I could volunteer myself as a taste-tester… =)

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    The Witch's Kitchenposted November 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

    oooooooohhhhhh

    these look dangerous!

    to my diet…

    WOW!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      a lot of my recipes this week have been dangerous t omy diet! i have a healthy one coming next ;)

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    Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted November 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Oh em gee. Candy cane buttercream–I don’t think it gets better than that! I love candy canes–the perfect low-cal treat this time of year. However, I wouldn’t mind sacrificing a few for these cookie sammies. They’re beautiful and look SO delish!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 16th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

      Do you think they make a candy cane chocolate pop tart Hayley?? Because umm – we can combine forces and make one serious fudge. :)

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    Cassie | Bake Your Dayposted November 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Candy cane dust…I must try that asap. This buttercream is amazing!

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    Erikaposted November 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Ho-ly cow. I’m actually not a huge fan of candy canes but omg you have totally sold me on these!! I’d be all over the triple chocolate cookies and the peppermint buttercream actually sounds like it would be just the perfect sandwich material :) And the color scheme is super cute!!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      i think this buttercream frosting would quickly turn you into a candy cane fan Erika! And the cookies are killer just by themselves! i hope you’re having a good weekend girl! I’m checking out your red velvet pancakes now!

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    Dinaposted November 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I love your receipes. They are always so inspiring to me. Thank you for sharing all that you do.

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    Dinaposted November 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Your receipes always are so inspiring to me. I am so making these for the christmas holiday. Do they keep well?

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    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Hi Dina! They do keep well – store them covered in the refrigerator. they keep up to 5 days.

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    Laura Dembowskiposted November 16, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Candy cane buttercream sounds like a winning recipe! You’re putting me in the holiday spirit.

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    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2012 at 11:37 am

      I’m glad Laura! I am all of a sudden in the holiday spirit as well! Can’t wait to see what you bake this season :)

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted November 16, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Those cookies look like BROWNIES!!! Can you just bake for me the whole holiday season? I would like everyone in my life to give me the gift of you living in my house baking cookies. Let’s make that happen.

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    Jaclynposted November 17, 2012 at 1:42 am

    It’s always bad news for me when I’m on here reading your blog at midnight =). I makes me want to get off my butt and bake all this deliciousness and stuff myself silly. Gorgeous pics, as always!

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    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2012 at 11:36 am

      Jaclyn! Anytime of day I visit Cooking Classy, I immediately have cravings for chocolate, buttercream, pumpkin, or pasta lol!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooksposted November 17, 2012 at 6:45 am

    They look so perfect for the holidays! The combo of chocolate + peppermint is always a win and love how thick the frosting layer is. True sandwich cookies – sandwiches made w/ frosting are the best kind :)

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    • Sallyreplied on November 17th, 2012 at 11:19 am

      Thank you miss Averie! I agree – frosting sandwiches are only the very best. You have to tell me all about Barbados when you get back!

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    Mercedesposted November 17, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I believe that these cookies are what dessert dreams are made of! That buttercream is gorgeous and I can think of about 100 uses for it! Very festive and beautiful cookies, Sally!

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    Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking}posted November 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    Shame on you for holding out on us, Sally! :)

    I’m completely candy cane obsessed by the way. I’ve never cooked with them though. I can’t wait to make these cookies!!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Bakingposted November 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Holy cow. These look incredible! I don’t usually like candy canes but these I’d definitely eat. Candy canes and similar kinds of candy don’t exist here but maybe a chocolate mint version would work. With chocolate sprinkles on the side! Yeah. :)

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    Becky @ Olives n Wineposted November 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

    These look amazing – I love holiday-themed baking! I am going to leave all of the baking to my husband’s grandmother this weekend but I will be making a cheeseball for a Thanksgiving appetizer because we all need to consume extra calories before the big meal :)

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    • Sallyreplied on November 20th, 2012 at 11:22 am

      ok i secretly LOVE cheeseballs! my friend made an outstanding one for a halloween party last month in the shape of a pumpkin! and leave the cooking to someone else… that is what I am doing!

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    Erinposted December 5, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I made these a few weeks ago. #1, my family and coworkers devoured them within hours. Some said they were the best thing I’ve ever made, and I’d like to think I’m a pretty well-seasoned baker. #2, the buttercream… deadly. I was eating it by the spoonful. Keep posting, not like I need to tell you twice. I love your recipes and your posts are fun to read. Thanks! :)

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    • Sallyreplied on December 5th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Hi Erin! Wow, this comment MADE my night. Because this candy cane buttercream is, by far, the BEST buttercream i’ve ever ever had. The flavor – it’s so sweet and minty and perfect. And so creamy! And easy to make. I am SO glad you enjoyed these cookies and that your coworkers loved them too! Thank you so much for reporting back – that really, really means a lot to me!

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    Ari @ Ari's Menuposted January 1, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Sally!!! I made a modified version of the cookie part of these last night and my husband took one bite and said “These are the best cookies you’ve ever made”. They came out sooooo amazing, and now I realllllly can’t wait to take more of your recipes to my kitchen. I knew they’d be good from your blog posts, but I was totally impressed!

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    • Sallyreplied on January 2nd, 2013 at 6:06 am

      Omg that is SO cool! I’m glad you made these – even a modified version! I can’t wait to see them if you post them Ari! Let me know if you make any other recipes of mine. Glad you were impressed with these – I LOVE the super decadent chocolate cookies here.

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    Annikaposted January 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    These were amazing! I wanted a new cookie to bake for my school’s Secret Santa, and I thought these would be perfect. And they were! Only, we had a snow day on the last day (when I was going to bring in the cookies). This meant my family got to eat them, instead, and they thoroughly enjoyed them. Now that my Christmas vacation is almost done, I’ll be making them once again. Thanks so much for posting and sharing.

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    • Sallyreplied on January 5th, 2013 at 9:00 am

      Thanks for coming back and letting me know, Annika! I haven’t made these cookies again since November. And I think that needs to change. I’m glad you got stuck eating them all with your family. :) Lucky you!

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    Ritaposted February 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    First time on your website and already addicted. Can’t wait to start baking :)

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    • Sallyreplied on February 21st, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Hey Rita! That’s so exciting! Let me know what you bake first =)

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    Terriposted December 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Hi! Just found this recipe! Its says you used 1 package of Baker’s semi sweet chocolate, chopped. The bars I found are 4 oz., So did you use 2 baking bars, or a bag/ 8oz of semi sweet chocolate chips?
    Thanks!!

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    • Sallyreplied on December 6th, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Hi Terri! Bakers used to sell 8 oz bars, but now they have been reduced to 4oz within the past year. So you’ll need two 4 oz.

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      • Terrireplied on December 6th, 2013 at 11:00 am

        Thank you so much for your quick reply! I bought all the ingredients for a double batch, including 4 of the 4 oz bars, just in case, but second-guessed myself and thought I should check with you. Can’t wait to make these for our cookie exchange! Merry Christmas-
        Terri

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    Beth Jessenposted December 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    OH MY!!!!!! Hubby said yes make these and they are just to almost die for! The cookie dough is one of the stiffest I’ve made BEFORE chilling, but oh the cookie is good by itself and almost heaven with the candy cane frosting. I do not recall if it has been on any of your recipes, but I do like it when they put in the calories, protein, etc of such recipes. Then one could say if your making something this good who gives a darn. LOL.

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    Erinposted December 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I made these last year as a senior in high school for my friend’s holiday cookie party and they were such a hit! Now we’re all back from college for the second annual cookie party, and I’m dizzy trying to decide which delicious recipe of yours to use this time around!

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    Katy Medleyposted February 1, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Sally! I found your blog via Pinterest and decided to have my daughter use this recipe for our local chocolate festival’s cookie baking contest. We decided to substitute chocolate buttercream for the peppermint, since it was a chocolate festival, and dipped the sides in heart sprinkles, but otherwise followed your recipe exactly. They turned out great, and she won first place for her age group!

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    • Sallyreplied on February 1st, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      That’s wonderful to hear about her cookies winning! Chocolate fudge cookie sandwiches with chocolate buttercream. Sounds like a winner to me!

      Reply

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