Monday, December 1, 2008

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Peppermint is one of the first flavors that comes to my mind when I think of Christmas. I think because of it's color and because of Candy Canes. I love Peppermint ice cream - so much so, it caused me to get my bike stolen in the 7th grade (Libby can attest to the validity of this statement!)....but that's another story! So I decided I wanted to find a Peppermint cookie recipe that I liked. A quick search of the internet resulted in the following cookies from a recipe on FoodNetwork.

The family taste test after dinner last night ended with favorable results. Matt is not a peppermint fan - so he scraped the glaze off and said "The chocolate cookie is great!" MJ loved them so much her eyes rolled back in her head and she sighed. I am assuming MollyB liked them, as she keeps asking for more even now - 6:30AM the following morning. And Munchie, as a result of being fed a tiny bite and wanting more....said COOKIE for the first time!

I think that is evidence enough that these cookies are good! But just to be sure - I thought they were great too. The only thing I will change next time is the glaze. I wont tint it red. Just white. Matt commented that the red looked "pink" and I agreed. And I thought the two colors, plus the candy pieces on top was too much going on. The fact that it was a fabulous chocolate cookie underneath got lost! I thought the cookie tasted a little like a Thin Mint - but more chewy like a brownie. Overall, very yummy!

Ingredients

Cookies
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips

Glaze
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 drops peppermint extract, or more to taste
3 1/2 tsp water
2 large (or 8 small) Candy Canes

Directions

For the cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a mixer beat together the butter with the sugars until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until smooth after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl.
Add in the vanilla.
On a low speed beat in the flour mixture, a little at a time, until well combined.
Gently mix in chocolate chips.


On an ungreased cookie sheet, drop teaspoons of the batter about 2 inches apart.
Bake until just cracked on top, about 8 to 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking time.
Cool completely.

For the glaze:
In a small bowl mix together the sugar; peppermint extract and water until smooth.
Transfer mixture to a medium ziploc bag and snip off the corner.


Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Top with crushed Candy Canes.
Let cookies stand until set, about 10 minutes.
ENJOY!

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