Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

For good measure, let’s go with one more peppermint recipe 🙂 Last year I was bound and determined to come up with a chocolate peppermint cookie. I love that combination of flavors and everything I came across online fell short of what I was looking for. So, by combining a couple recipes and experimenting a bit in the kitchen, I came up with this delicious cookie, which has become my favorite Christmas cookie to date.

The recipe is easily adaptable so you can make it heavy on the peppermint if that’s your preference, or heavy on the chocolate if that’s more your style. Just get creative. Enjoy – and have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Yield: 3-4 dozen

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter
1 and 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 eggs
2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 and 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

12 oz. semisweet chocolate
1 tablespoon shortening
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Peppermint flavored sprinkles

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the sugar, butter and water, stirring occasionally until melted.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in the chocolate chips until melted and set aside to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl, and beat in the eggs one at a time.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a different bowl, and then stir into the chocolate mixture.
  5. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and grease your cookie sheets.
  7. Roll cookie dough into walnut sized balls and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven – be careful not to overbake.
  9. Melt the 12 oz. chocolate in a saucepan with the shortening and peppermint extract. Stir frequently to avoid burning the chocolate.
  10. Spoon the chocolate on top of the cookies and spread around with the back of a spoon.
  11. Sprinkle some red and white peppermint flavored sprinkles on top before the chocolate has set.

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