Dec 16, 2013

Chocolate Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cookies

The dough for these chocolate peppermint and chocolate chip cookies contains mini chocolate chips and crushed candy canes. Making these cookies reminded me that I really should bake more with chocolate and peppermint.

Chocolate Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cookies


The dough is really easy to work with and is not very persnickety. I broke all of the baking rules and used a cold egg and microwaved the butter to soften it. The hardest part is keeping track of the timing of each baking sheet... bake for 8 minutes, add the topping, bake for another 2 minutes, cool for 4 minutes.. I used two timers to keep track and only got confused once.

The result? A totally delicious cookie. Chocolatey, pepperminty, buttery, and a just enough salt to give it that salted chocolate taste that is soooo good.

Chocolate Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint and Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes about 40 to 45 cookies

Ingredients

9 ounces semisweet mini chocolate chips, divided
1 C crushed candy canes, divided
1 3/4 C unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 C minus 1 T Dutch process unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 C unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 T vegetable oil
3/4 C sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the upper third of your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F and line 3 baking sheets (you don't necessarily need 3, but this worked for me to always have a cool baking sheet) with nonstick parchment paper. 
  2. In the bowl of a food processor, add 3/4 C of the chocolate chips, 1/3 C of the crushed peppermint candy, all of the flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Pulse a few times, and then process until everything is finely ground.
  3. Place the butter, oil, and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the paddle attachment until fluffy and light colored. 
  4. Add the egg, salt, and vanilla and mix until incorporated. 
  5. Using a rubber spatula, mix in the flour mixture and the rest of the chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop out the dough to from 1 1/4 inch balls and place them about 2 inches apart on the parchment. 
  7. Press them down with your fingers or the bottom of a glass to a 2 inch round.
  8. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 8 minutes. Remove the sheet from the oven, and sprinkle each cookie with some of the crushed peppermint. Spray the bottom of a glass with spray oil, and press the candy into the cookies. Return the sheet to the oven and bake for 2 minutes more. 
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 4 minutes. Move the cookies to a rack and cool completely. 
  10. Repeat with the rest of the dough. 
  11. You can keep these in an airtight container for up to 10 days! You can also freeze them for a month. 
This recipe is slightly adapted from The All-American Cookie Book. I've loved everything I've made from this book.

16 comments:

  1. Yum! Can't go wrong with chocolate and peppermint. I feel like I make so many variations of chocolate peppermint cookies by the end of the season. These look wonderful! And I'm sure they taste as delicious as they look! :)

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    1. Thanks Sophia. They kind of look like yours but without the lovely frosting!

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  2. I really like the sound of your cookies.

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  3. Mmm. Love the idea of the mini chips of chocolate and peppermint mixed together, Karen. Perfectly festive for Christmas, too...I agree that our venture is a good reminder to bake more with peppermint and chocolate. It doesn't have to be Christmas =)

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    1. Exactly, although I'm going to have to hoard candy canes =)

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  4. Great combination, Karen! Peppermint and chocolate is classic and these would be a big hit at our house!

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  5. Perfect for Christmas! I think these would be so festive on a dessert buffet table.

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  6. Love your photos and the cookies! It sounds like you were very organized in keeping track of what had to happen and when. Peppermint and chocolate is a match made in heaven and this has been a great month for cookies.

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  7. Delicious! I am obsessed with all things peppermint--these sound fabulous! And I just bought pre-crushed candy canes (is it sad that by my least favorite part of using smashed candy canes is having to deal with smashing them?).

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    1. I don't think that's sad at all! I wish I could have found some!

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  8. Chocolate + peppermint = AWESOME. These are like the candy cane ice cream I've been eating all week, but way more portable...

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