Posted by: scootrah | December 4, 2014

It’s National Cookie Day! Let’s make Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Not that I need a reason to bake or EAT cookies, but if there’s a whole day associated with it, let’s celebrate!

As for a bit of cookie history, they have their origins in 7th century AD Persia, shortly after the use of sugar became common in the region. They spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain, and by the 14th century, they were common in all levels of society throughout Europe. In most English-speaking countries outside North America, the most common word for this type of treat is biscuit and the term cookie is often used to describe only certain types of biscuits.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Now these cookies I’m going to share are in the classification of drop cookie, which is the most common style we make in the USA. This version is a bit of a family affair as they started life as my brother Todd’s famous chocolate, chocolate chip cookie recipe. A great cook, Todd is constantly experimenting in his kitchen and comes up with some great stuff, but this cookie recipe is his shining star. Family members often request a batch as a birthday or holiday gift, and his co-workers are constantly needling him to bring another plate of cookies to the office. So with such mouth-watering pedigree, I figured it would be easy to make a couple of substitutions and create a cookie with a holiday bite.

I love peppermint bark, so using the chocolate cookie with peppermint seemed like it should work. I replaced some chocolate chips for white chocolate chips, added some peppermint and topped with candy canes for crunch – delicious! The cookie isn’t overly sweet – the cocoa and dark chocolate chips create a rich cookie that will please any chocolate lover, the white chocolate is unexpected and a great complement to the dark chocolate, and the peppermint gives it a bright, holiday finish. My niece Nicole and I have added these to our annual “Holiday Cookie Making Day”, which we’re planning in a couple of weeks.

This is a quick and easy dough, and a great way to use up any leftover candy canes over the coming weeks. Make sure to get a good white chocolate chip – look on the ingredients list for cocoa butter – if it’s not there, the white chocolate is waxy and untasty. I used Guittard vanilla chips, but Trader Joe’s has their own brand which is good and a little cheaper. And make sure to store these in an airtight container once you’re done or the crushed peppermint candy will soften and you’ll lose the crisp crunch.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 1/4 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips – milk and/or dark
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 or 3 candy canes, crushed or 1/3 cup crushed peppermint candies
  1. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda in a bowl and set aside
  2. Cream the butter for at least two minutes. Add the sugars and beat until well combined
  3. Add the eggs and the extract and beat until combined
  4. Scrape down the mixing bowl and add the dry ingredients. Mix at medium speed until dry ingredients are incorporated
  5. Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet and bake 8 to 10 minutes in 375 degree oven until done
  6. When you take the cookies out of the oven, sprinkle them immediately with the crushed candy canes (make sure your hands are dry or the sugar from the candy canes will just stick to your fingers)
  7. Cool on pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes about 4 dozen

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