Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tasty Tuesdays: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I don't know about you, but who doesn't love collecting Christmas cookie recipes.  I think one of the most fun holiday party ideas is to have a cookie exchange.  You can get a few friends together and ask each to bring a dozen cookies along with enough copies of their recipes to pass along to each guest.  Then you can taste an assortment of yummy baked goods and add to your recipe collection.  

I love these since they are one of my favorite dessert combinations - chocolate and mint.  Mmmm...  York peppermint patties, mint chocolate chip ice cream, and thin mint cookies, oh my!  Plus, just look how festive they are!  

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
Makes 6 dozen
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for surface
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract
8 large candy canes or 30 peppermint candies, crushed
2 pounds white chocolate, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed for 1 minute. Reduce speed to medium-low, and add egg, then yolk, beating well after each addition. Beat in peppermint extract. Slowly add flour mixture, and beat until just incorporated. Shape dough into 2 disks, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days).

Roll out 1 disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Using a 2-inch round cutter, cut out circles, and place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Roll and cut scraps once. Freeze cookies until firm, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining disk.

Bake until cookies are dry to the touch, about 12 minutes. Transfer parchment, with cookies, to wire racks, and let cool. (Undecorated cookies will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.)

Sift crushed candy, and separate larger pieces from dust, reserving both. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water. Remove from heat. Dunk cookies into melted chocolate. Using a fork, turn to coat, let excess drip off, and gently scrape bottom against edge of bowl. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, and sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of either candy pieces or dust on top. Repeat, sprinkling half the cookies with pieces and the rest with dust. Refrigerate until set, up to 3 hours. Decorated cookies are best served the same day.


  1. These look delicious and so festive.

  2. I will be making these for sure. I am looking to make some changes to the cookie platter this year. Yum. Thanks for sharing!

  3. DON'T be pregnant over the holidays because its a recipe for disaster- I bought peppermint bark ice cream, white fudge covered oreos, and ingedients to make a gingerbread cake and 2 types of cookies all in ONE visit to the grocery store! I'm ho-ho-hoing all the way! :) Would love to make these, too. The background makes it hard to read... would you mind letting me know where you cut and pasted the recipe from? Thanks for sharing! :) Sharon

  4. These look delicious! I have to try the recipe! Kori xoxo


  5. Um... I'm pretty sure I'm going to attempt this recipe this weekend!!

  6. These looks so good and festive. I will definitely have to give them a try!


  7. Thanks again, Jen! I just made these.... they do not look anything like the picture, but they are good and will be festive in my cookie-giving boxes. I burnt TWO batches of white chocolate and finally decided to only coat the front of the cookies. Happy to have someone share things that inspire me to do new things- THANKS!

  8. Ok, where were you a few days ago when I was making my must-make Christmas cookies list? These sooo need to be added!



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