Holiday Baking Spectacular: Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Get ready. You're in for a between holiday card design deadlines and other important stuff, I've been making a mess in the kitchen. A holiday baking spectacular...multi-tasking, perhaps, but I just can't help myself (it's been rainy around here, too, which makes me even more inspired to bake!)

In day one of my holiday baking spectacular I made Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. Now, I LOVE Girl Scout Thin Mints, but I can't stomach the minty green color of Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream (like a certain little brother I know that eats it for breakfast regularly). These rich, dark chocolate delights are subtly minty. Just perfect for the holidays.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

from Joy the Baker

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks (8 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 teaspoons pure peppermint extract
2 large eggs
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into chips, or 2 cups store-bought chocolate chips or chunks.

Getting ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.

Whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda and keep close at hand.

Working in a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter on medium speed for about 1 minute, until smooth. Add the sugars and beat for another 2 minutes or so, until well blended. Beat in the peppermint. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat for 1 minute after each egg goes in. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients in 3 portions, mixing only until each addition is incorporated. On low speed, or by hand with a rubber spatula, mix in the chocolate pieces. (The dough can be covered and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen. If you’d like, you can freeze rounded tablespoons of dough, ready for baking. There’s no need to defrost before baking – just add another minute or two to the baking time.)

Spoon the dough by slightly rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between spoonfuls.

Bake the cookies – one sheet at a time and rotating the sheet at the midway point – for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they are set around the edges; they may still be a little soft in the middle. Pull the sheet from the oven and allow the cookies to rest for 1 minute, then carefully, using a wide metal spatula, transfer them to racks to cool to room temperature.

Repeat with the remainder of the dough, cooling the baking sheets between batches.

Bonnie Faitak –   – (December 21, 2010 at 10:55 AM)  

these look delicious! peppermint + chocolate = perfect holiday treat

Karen Kawaguchi –   – (January 3, 2011 at 10:03 PM)  

I'm making these right now and the kitchen smells insanely good!

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