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Dec 17 2012

Peppermint Topped Chocolate Cookies

The delicious mix of peppermint and chocolate is perfect for the holidays. I included these in our neighbor gifts this year . I found this recipe in a pile of recipes written on scrap paper. I swear one day I will get them all sorted, typed and put in a proper notebook, LOL :-)

chocolate and peppermint cookies Katherines Corner

 

What You Need

1 Cup flour

1/2 Cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/3 Cup butter (unsalted  room temperature)

3/4 Cup sugar

2 Large eggs ( I egg whole 1 egg yolk)

11/4 tsp. Peppermint extract

2 Lbs. White chocolate (chopped)

10 Large candy canes (crushed)  or you can use crushed peppermint bit from the baking section of your market

Sifter

2  Baking sheets

Parchment paper

2 Large mixing Bowls

2 Small bowls

Electric mixer

Plastic wrap

Rolling pin

2 Inch round cookie cutter or drinking glass

Wire cooling rack

Cooking safe bowl

Saucepan (the bowl can rest in WHEN filled with water)

Before You Start- This recipe requires refrigeration and freezing of cookies on baking sheets. Make sure you have plenty of room in your fridge and freezer prior to baking. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper, lay to large pieces of plastic wrap out flat on countertop.

Lets Make It! Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt into one bowl. Add butter and sugar to the other bowl and using an electric mixer beat on medium high speed for about a minute then reduce speed to medium low. Add egg and egg yolk and continue mixing well. Add in peppermint extract. Slowly add flour mixture, and beat until incorporated. Remove from the mixer and separate into 2 piece of dough, make large flattened disks, place each one on the plastic wrap and and wrap tightly. Place in the refrigerator until firm, at least two hours

Lightly flour a clean cutting board or counter. Using a rolling pin (lightly dusted with flour) roll out one disk of dough to about a 1/8 inch thickness place on the baking sheet and put in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Using your cookie cutter (or glass) cut out circles, and arrange them to be about one inch apart on the parchment lined baking sheets. Discard scraps. Freeze cookies until firm, about 15 more minutes. Repeat with remaining dough.

Preheat oven to 350°.    Bake about 12 minutes (until cookies are dry to the touch, careful they are hot). Transfer the parchment paper with cookies, to wire rack, and let cool. Let baking sheets cool and place new parchment paper on them. Sift crushed candy and separate larger pieces from peppermint dust into separate bowls. Melt chocolate in a cooking safe bowl placed 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 clean and cool 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, about 3 hours.

Serves about 48 cookies

 

 

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Do you like the mix of chocolate and peppermint? Does Peppermint make you think of the holidays?

 

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  1. Ms. A

    I DO like the mix of chocolate and peppermint! These sound great, but I’d never have room in my fridge, or freezer, to pull this one off.

  2. Danielle

    Making these should get me into the holiday spirit!!

  3. Missy

    I’m a scrap paper recipe hoarder also! That’s why when I make something I like, I try to put it on my blog so I can find it again! LOL

  4. Jamie "ChatterBlossom"

    These look so tasty (and really pretty too!). Neat idea!
    Thank you for visiting my blog! ;-)
    Your newest follower,
    Jamie
    http://chatterblossom.blogspot.com/

  5. Heather @ new house, new home, new life

    Chocolate and peppermint are one of my all time Christmas favorites. This looks yummy!!

  6. Alex J. Cavanaugh

    I bet those are good for after Christmas when you’re trying to get rid of a hundred candy canes.

  7. Melissa B

    Your cookies look so good! =)
    Have a great day!

  8. Judy Haughton-James

    I love chocolate and peppermint Katherine. Peppermint certainly reminds me of the holidays. I just love candy canes and these cookies I am sure are so delicious! Perfect for Christmas! Thanks for sharing on Creative Monday. Have a wonderful day.

  9. Snoodles

    Yum! Do the cookies go directly from the freezer to the oven? I wasn’t sure…..Thanks for the recipe!

  10. Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods

    I’ve never actually had chocolate and peppermint together, but I bet it is delicious! Your cookies look so yummy. I’m like you with the recipes. I have a manilla folder filled to the max with scraps of paper stuffed inside! I need to get more organized!

  11. Marla Martenson

    Very pretty!!!!

  12. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Chocolate and peppermint are perfect this time of year and these cookies look very festive. :)

  13. Kristy, Life-n-Reflection

    These are so pretty, love your display too!

  14. Winnie

    These cookies look amazing!
    I love chocolate and peppermint, although I have to admit I haven’t baked such cookies before. Would looooooove to try

  15. Rosey

    These look great. One of my favorite things about the holiday is peppermint everything!

  16. Grey

    I am more of a chocolate, caramel and pecans person, Ha! These would be terrific for a holiday party ! Thank you for the recipe.

  17. Diane | An Extraordinary Day

    Oh Katie! Those look so yummy and festive!
    I love peppermint at Christmastime!!

  18. Jill

    Oh they look good Katherine! I have the same pile of recipes on papers and bits ripped from magazines! One day I’ll get them sorted…

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

  19. clairejustineoxox

    Wonderful and Christmasy,thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays last week. Featuring this week,hope you can stop by and link up again ? Merry Christmas …

  20. Myjuicingweb

    Wow, hi Kathrine, you make pretty chocolate cookies. I need to try this. So yummy..

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