Monday, December 6, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things- #9



Chocolate and Peppermint
My mom and I, every year, comment about how much we love chocolate and peppermint together...especially during Christmastime. I used a recipe a few years back and tweaked it a bit. It is what I call now "Holly's Christmas Cookies". They are the perfect combination of chocolate and peppermint.

I am including the recipe for you...with one added comment. I love sprinkling crushed candy canes on the glaze before it sets...looks and tastes much more like Christmas! ENJOY!

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

Glaze:
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
2 drops mint extract, or more to taste
3 1/2 teaspoons water

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 as necessary. Add in the
vanilla. On a low speed beat in the flour mixture a little at a time. Gently
mix in chocolate chips.

On an un-greased cookie sheet, drop teaspoons of the batter about 2 inches
apart. Bake until just cracked on top, about 8 to10 minutes, rotating the
pan halfway through the cooking time. Cool completely.

For the glaze:
In a small bowl mix together the sugar; mint extract and water until smooth.
Transfer mixture to a medium resealable plastic bag and snip off the corner.
Drizzle glaze over cooled cookies. Let cookies stand until set, about 10
minutes.

This is also my contribution to Mel's Cookie Exchange over on The Larson Lingo!

4 comments :

Corinne said...

yummy peppermint and chocolate, a perfect combination

mel @ the larson lingo said...

Peppermint & Chocolate is my favorite combo!!! (Peanut Butter & Chocolate is second) These look great...my husband told me I have to make these, ASAP! Thanks for participating!

Tanya @ Life in 3D said...

The most fave cookies I made with my mom were mint and chocolate too :) I love the candy cane crumble! I'm going to try them, thanks!

TDM Wendy said...

My husband loves chocolate peppermint action. Our tradition is to make chocolate cookie sandwiches with a peppermint cream filling. And if I get my act together I will post the recipe for the exchange. In the meantime, I will just check out yours and teleport them to my husband!!!

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