Friday, December 14, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These ... cookies ... are ... amazing!

They are sweet, chewy, chocolatey, fun to make, and perfect for the holiday season.  I am not always a big fan of hard chocolate cookies (yes - I know that is a shameful thing to admit), but I love that these cookies are soft and chewy on the inside with a nice hard coating of white chocolate and peppermint on the outside.  Not only are they delicious, but they make an impressive addition to any cookie swap or holiday party - as long as you don't eat them before you have to take them out of the house.

These cookies do have a few extra steps, but the final result is well worth the effort, and if you have little helpers around, they will love crushing the peppermint and dipping the cookies in the melted chocolate.


Ingredients

Makes about 30 cookies (or more cookies bites if you make them small)  The better quality chocolate you use, the better the cookies taste.

2 C flour
2/3 C unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 C sugar
2/3 C softened butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 lbs of white chocolate
peppermint pieces or candy canes

  1. Grease a baking sheet and preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and mix to remove any clumps
  3. Cream butter and sugar together.  Add eggs and extract, and mix well
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix until flour is just combined, add in chocolate chips
  5. Drop cookies on the cookie sheet leaving room for the cookies to spread.  I made the cookies with about 2 tablespoons
  6. Bake cookies for 12 minutes - don't overcook or they will dry out and become hard


Once the cookies are done, cool them and put them in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.  Meanwhile melt the white chocolate and crush the peppermint into small pieces.  Dip the cookies into the chocolate until they are covered and then lift them out with a fork and let them drip before placing them on parchment paper.  Sprinkle peppermint on top of cookie,


Let the cookies cool completely before removing them from the parchment paper.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!  Have a wonderful holiday season.







2 comments:

  1. Yummy! I've never had any cookies like this before. They look so delicious!

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  2. Hi Gretchen,
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