Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

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I used to not like chocolate. Gasp! I know I was weird, as my sweet siblings were always quick to point out. Over the years, though, my tastes have become more refined and I do enjoy a big mouthful of chocolate every now and then. Okay, fine. I enjoy chocolate just about all the time.

These cookies are on the sweeter side but they are nice and chewy with a crisp edge. Plus they really dress up a plate of cookies with their fancy candy cane flecks . So, here's to you, chocolate and peppermint, you dear winter flavor combination of joy!

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies [click to print]
Makes about 4 dozen

2 c flour
2 T cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 c sugar
1/4 c butter, melted
1/2 c chocolate chips, melted
4 eggs, large
2 tsp vanilla
6 candy canes, crushed

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa; set aside.

Combine sugar, butter and chocolate in large mixing bowl and beat on medium speed until combined. Add eggs, one at a time, incorporating between each addition. Add vanilla. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.

On low speed, add dry ingredients. Scrape sides of bowl once. Continue mixing until just incorporated, about 2 to 3 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and pour crushed candy canes into a small bowl. Using a small cookie scoop or large spoon, scoop dough in 1 to 1-1/2 inch balls. Roll in candy and place on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.

Adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

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