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Homemade Peppermint Joe Joes

Homemade Peppermint Joe Joes

If I were superwoman, I am convinced that my kryptonite would be Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe Joes. (My thighs and rear are SO grateful that they're only in stock during the holidays. Good gracious.) I love Candy Cane Joe Joes so much that I decided to make my own this year...and believe me, these things are JUST as good (if not better) than the original!


I'm all about shortcuts these days, so I decided to make the cookie base with a boxed cake mix. I also thought these would be extra deadly with a dip in white chocolate--you can leave this step out, or toss your pre-Christmas diet to the wind like I did...


HOMEMADE TRADER JOE'S PEPPERMINT JOE JOES
INGREDIENTS

(For the cookies):
--1 box dark chocolate cake mix
--2 eggs, beaten
--2/3 c. shortening

(For the filling):

--1/4 c. salted butter
--1/4 c. shortening (you can measure it by filling a Pyrex cup to 3/4 cup with water, then adding shortening until the water level reaches 1 cup)
--2 c. sifted powdered sugar
--4 regular sized candy canes, crushed
--1/4 tsp. peppermint extract

(For the white chocolate coating):

--1 package white almond bark or white chocolate chips
--1 Tb. shortening
--4 regular sized candy canes, crushed

DIRECTIONS

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 cookie sheets.

2.  In a large bowl, stir together the cake mix, eggs and shortening until well blended.

3.  Roll the dough into TINY, TINY, quarter-sized balls (the cookies spread while cooking.  A lot.  And you want these cookies to bake to the size of an Oreo cookie, which is pretty small.  Experiment with your preferred size.).

4.  Place the cookies 2 inches apart onto the cookie sheet.

5.  Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in your preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

6.  While your cookies are cooling, crush your candy canes by placing them in a plastic bag and using a meat tenderizer or rolling pin. Make sure not to over crush--you don't want a fine powder, but rather small bits that leave a little "crunch" in your frosting.


7.  Combine the butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and mix until incorporated.

8.  Slowly beat in the powdered sugar until incorporated. Add the peppermint extract, beat until combined, then add your candy cane bits and stir until just combined.

9.  To assemble the cookies, match your cookies with a pair of roughly equal size and shape.  Pipe the filling onto the center of the cookies using a pastry bag and 1/2 inch pastry tip.  Sandwich the frosting side cookie with a matching cookie.

10.  OPTIONAL: Melt the almond bark or white chocolate and shortening in double boiler.  When melted, dip cooled cookies about 1/3 of the way into the melted chocolate.  Set on wax paper and sprinkle liberally with candy cane or sprinkles.  Let dry for 30 minutes.

11.  Try to restrain yourself.


Good luck Peppermint Joe Joe-ing, Sisteroos!

3 comments:

Lawyer's Husband said...

Yumaroo says the hubaroo! These are the best cookies ever...if everyone made these TJ's might just go out of business. :o) You are amazing sweetheart!

Husband's cuz said...

If I didn't love you, I'd hate you. Wow.

Anonymous said...

mmmmm.....these look scrumptious, lawyer. i'm going to make some myself this evening after work...

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