Peppermint Crunch Alfajores

    Peppermint Crunch Alfajores
    Carolyng Gomes

    Whether you love the crunch of peppermint candy or are looking for a way to use those leftover candy canes, Peppermint Crunch Alfajores are the answer. A fluffy butter and peppermint filling with a touch of red food coloring is decorative and decadent.

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    Ingredients
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    2
    cups
    all-purpose flour plus extra for rolling
    1
    cup
    cornstarch
    1
    teaspoon
    baking powder
    1/2
    teaspoon
    baking soda
    1/8
    teaspoon
    fine salt
    1
    cup
    butter, softened
    1/2
    cup
    sugar
    1
    teaspoon
    vanilla extract
    4
    large egg yolks
    1/4
    cup
    peppermint candy, crushed, plus extra for garnish
    1/4
    cup
    heavy cream
    1
    teaspoon
    peppermint extract
    *
    red food coloring
    Directions
    Step 1
    Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mat and set aside. Sift flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a bowl.
    Step 2
    In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment beat 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time until fully incorporated.
    Step 3
    Alternate between adding flour and peppermint candy to wet mixture while beating on medium-low speed. If dough appears dry, add cream 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is soft. Divide into two pieces, cover, and chill for 1 hour.
    Step 4
    Preheat oven to 325F. While dough is chilling, make the filling. Using the whisk attachment on a stand mixer with a clean bowl whip remaining butter, 2 tablespoons cream, and peppermint extract on medium-low speed.
    Step 5
    Once cream is fluffy, add red food coloring one drop at a time until desired red is achieved. Chill until ready to use.
    Step 6
    Working with one piece of dough at a time, roll to 1/4-inch thick on a well floured surface. Using a 2 1/2-inch circular cookie cutter, cut rounds and transfer to baking sheets. Repeat with remaining dough.
    Step 7
    Bake cookies for 15 minutes. Transfer cookies to cooling rack and cool completely.
    Step 8
    Pair each cookie with another that is a similar shape and size. Add 1 tablespoon filling to the flat side of each cookie, then sandwich together. Press cookies together until cream begins to pillow out of the sides.
    Step 9
    Smear a bit of cream on cookies and top with a little piece of peppermint candy.
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    6
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    60 mins
    Prep Time: 
    45 mins
    Cook Time: 
    15 mins
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