Peppermint And Cream Cheese Mix To Make Magic

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Day 5 of our Christmas Cookie Celebration is about a pretty, festive little cookie that pairs peppermint and cream cheese to make a magical combination. They also make for a stunning presentation when gifted to someone on a platter!

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups cake flour, more for dusting

2 tsp cornstarch

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup vegetable shortening, room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 large egg white

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Frosting

4 oz cream cheese, softened

4 Tbsp unsalted butter

1/2 tsp peppermint extract

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Crushed candy canes, for topping

Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder and salt into bowl, whisk a few times and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, on medium speed, whip together butter, shortening and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add egg and mix until combined, then add egg white, vanilla and peppermint extract and mix until combined. With mixer running, slowly add in dry ingredients. Transfer dough to an airtight container and refrigerate 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 during the last 10 minutes of refrigeration.

Scoop dough out about 3 Tbsp at a time and roll into a ball. Place dough ball on a lightly floured surface, sprinkle top lightly with flour, then using something flat and smooth (like your container lid), press and evenly flatten dough to 1/2" thick. Transfer flattened dough to parchment paper lined baking sheet and repeat process with remaining dough. Bake in preheated oven 9 - 11 minutes. Allow to cool a few moments before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Cream Cheese Frosting and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.

Frosting:

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip cream cheese and butter until pale and fluffy. Add peppermint extract and powdered sugar and mix.

-Amber

Amber Saleem