Monday, December 10, 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Recipes

Holiday Cookie Time. There's nothing quite like Chocolate and Peppermint to evoke the holidays. Here are two wonderful recipes for totally different Chocolate Peppermint Patty Cookies. Make one or both recipes! You'll love these.

This first recipe is adapted from Sunset Magazine and uses their Chocolate Decadence Cookie recipe.

1. Chocolate Peppermint Patty Sandwich Cookies

COOKIES
Ingredients
10 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup sweet butter, cut into chunk
3 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt

Directions
Put chocolates and butter in medium metal bowl set over pan filled with simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until melted, then remove from heat and let cool slightly.
Whisk in eggs and sugar, mixing until combined.
Whisk in flour, baking powder, and salt.
Chill dough, covered, until firm, about 2 hours.
Let dough sit at room temperature 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350° and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Scoop 1 Tbsp portions of dough, rolling each into a ball, flatten into 1/4 inch thick rounds with palm of hand and put on sheets 1 inch apart.
Bake cookies until they no longer look wet on top, about 8 minutes.
Let cool on baking sheets.

FILLING
In bowl, mix 3 cups powdered sugar, 4 tbsp. milk, and 3/4 tsp. peppermint extract.
Spread 1 heaping tsp. peppermint icing onto flat side of 1 cookie.
Top with flat side of second cookie to form sandwich, pressing together to squeeze filling to edge. Roll edge of cookie in crushed and sifted candy canes.
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I've also made this amazing recipe for Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe by Garrett McCord on Simply Recipes. To make these cookies, you can purchase peppermint bark or make your own.

2. CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT PATTY COOKIES

Ingredients
1 cup of butter
3/4 cupbrown sugar
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened DARK cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tps baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup peppermint bark, broken into little chip size pieces

Directions
1 Preheat oven to 350°F.
2 Creambutter and sugars together for about two minutes at medium speed or until well incorporated and light in color.
3 Add egg and vanilla extract until well incorporated, about minute. Be sure to scrape down sides and bottom of bowl halfway through.
4 Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder. Add to butter mixture slowly, and beating at medium speed, stopping once all is incorporated (do not overmix).
5 Fold in peppermint bark chips.
6 Take small spoonfuls of dough and roll into one inch sized balls and place onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for -12 minutes. Let cool on pan forfew minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely.