Chocolate & Candy Cane Sandwich Cookies

Submitted by: Aademy Canada Culinary Class
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Difficulty: Easy
Prep Time: Fifteen Minutes
Total Time: More than 1 hour

2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
2 cups icing sugar, sifted
2-3 tbsp water
2 candy canes, crushed
Preheat oven to 375F. Sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda. In another large bowl, cream butter, both sugars and vanilla. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour mixture and blend well (do not beat). Drop by the tablespoonful onto a parchment-lined pan (should be at least 24 cookies) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on a rack. For the filling: Using the paddle attachment on low, cream together the shortening and butter with the vanilla and almond extract. Add the icing sugar and continue blending while adding one tablespoon of water. Allow the mixture to fully blend and then turn the mixer on high to whip and lighten the filling. If itâs too thick to whip, add a little water at a time until itâs loose enough to whip. Not too much, though â you want the filling to be thick. Lather filling on one cookie and top with another; fill the cookie sandwiches so that a little filling squeezes out through the sides. Roll this excess filling in the crushed candy canes. Yield: 1 dozen

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