Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - Top

Festive and delicious and right on time for any Christmas celebration, these cookies include chocolate and cocoa, peppermint and vanilla extracts, and a nice crunchy taste attributed to crushed  peppermint candy.

Ingredients

1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon of baking soda
½ cup of unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
4 ounces of milk chocolate
4 ounces of unsalted butter
3 large eggs
1 ½ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract
45 peppermint candies, crushed

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - Ingredients

Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place racks on lower and upper thirds of the oven.

In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, cocoa and baking soda.

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - Mixing Dry Ingredients

Melt chocolate and butter in a heat-proof mixing bowl over a pot of simmering water.

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - Melting Chocolate and Butter

My Kitchen Aid stand mixer has a heat-proof mixing bowl, so I directly transferred it to the stand mixer.  Use the paddle attachment to beat in the eggs, sugar, vanilla and peppermint extracts on medium-high speed.

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - Mixing in Sugar and Eggs into Melted Chocolate Mixture

Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture and 1/3 of the crushed candies.

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - Mixing in Dry and Wet Ingredients

Cover bowl with plastic and refrigerate cookie dough for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - Mixing in Crushed Peppermints into Cookie Dough

Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper. Using a small cookie scoop, form balls of dough and dip the top of the ball in the crushed candy. Place cookies on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches space between cookies.

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - Cookies Ready to Bake

Bake cookies for 15 minutes, changing position of the sheets in the middle of the cooking time.

Cool cookies on the sheets on the wire racks.

Smell of Rosemary – Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

This recipe will make about 35 cookies.

Active time: 10 minutes not including cooling time

Baking time: 15 minutes per batch of cookies

Cookies will stay fresh for 3 days at room temperature, in an air-tight container.

Inspired by a recipe found at www.marthastewart.com

 

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