Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Holly's Christmas Cookies

Holly's Christmas Cookies



Do you love 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.

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