12.14.2011

Christmas Cookie Week - Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

*Have you entered my giveaway for the lovely brass knot earrings??
It is day 3 of this awesome cookie series I have going on right now and since it is Christmas time, how could I not have something that has peppermint in it? I mean that would be like Halloween without pumpkin, just simply unbelievable! This recipe I found over at Martha Stewart and thought they look incredible and had to make them myself. On to the recipe!




First, gather together your ingredients. You need 1 cup of all-purpose flour, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch is preferred), 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt,  5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, 3/4 cup white sugar, 1 large egg, 1 large egg yolk, 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract, 8 large candy canes or 30 peppermint candies, crushed, 2 pounds white chocolate, coarsely chopped.


In a small bowl, sift together the flour, the cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
In your mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together.
Then add in the egg, then mix then add in the yolk.

Add in the peppermint extract. Slowly incorporate your flour and cocoa mixture into the wet batter and give it a good mix.

 Divide the dough into two portions and wrap in plastic wrap to go into the freezer for at least an hour.

 After the dough has been in the freezer long enough, preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Roll out one portion of dough and return it to the freezer to freeze again for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, cut out circles out of the dough and place the cut-outs into another cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Return the cut-outs to the freezer for another 15 minutes

. Finally, you can pop those cookies into the oven for about 12 minutes or until they feel dry to the touch. Pull the cookies out and set them on a rack to dry. Continue the freezing, rolling, freezing, cut-out then freeze cycle with the other portion of dough. When all the cookies have been baked, you are ready for the covering stage. Unwrap your candy canes in a plastic bag and crush them, I pounded them with my rolling pin and set aside.

Melt your white chocolate in a double boiler over the stove or in a microwave-safe bowl. Once it is fully melted, dip the entire cookie into the white chocolate, cover the cookie completely. On a drying rack set the cookie and then sprinkle the crushed up candy canes on the top.
 Then let the cookies harden, then serve, eat and enjoy! 
And come back tomorrow for another Christmas cookie!



How to package these!


And do you want to see our Christmas photo this year?


43 comments:

  1. those cookies look amazing, I love a peppermint cookie around Christmas. Your photo is too cute!

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  2. yum!! all of your christmas cookies are killing me! they all look so fabulous!

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  3. Oh my word how good do these look and sound! I definitely need to make them! xo

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  4. 1. Now I'm craving cookies.
    2. I love your Christmas card.
    3. Why does the hubs have a beard/mustache thing? I feel like he doesn't always have that...? You two (and your fur babies make a super cute couple though!)

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  5. Ok, I just bought ingredients for the butter balls, now I'm going to need to get these! And water bottles? Too.Freakin.Crafty. LOVE! :D

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  6. These look delicious! I love chocolate and peppermint!

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  7. Ooh thanks! Definitely on a baking kick lately,, And that xmas photo is ADORABLE!

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  8. Ooooh, I'm doing Christmas cookies this week too! YUM!

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  9. those are so cute! The look delicious! And what a great packaging idea!

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  10. Oh these cookies look amazing! And I completely agree Christmas time just isn't christmas time without peppermint!

    Just entered your giveaway, I can't believe I hadn't! Love it! Enjoy your day, only a few more days in the week!

    PS your Christmas picture is adorable! Such a cute family!

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  11. Those cookies look absolutely delicious! And you Christmas picture is adorable!

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  12. These look amazing and I love how you packaged them. Genius! :)

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  13. Oh and I love your photo and entered your giveaway so choose me!!

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  14. He he he.....love the xmas photo! The pepperment shavings on top make the cookies look purrrteey!

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  15. Chocolate and peppermint is my favorite combo! These look like they would be my favorite cookies!

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  16. I love the chocolate/mint combo. And your Christmas card is seriously so cute, I love dogs.

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  17. 1. These like am.maz.ing.
    2. Your husband must be loving you this week with all of these treats!
    3. LOVE your Christmas card!

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  18. Oh my goodness those are gorgeous and I'm sure they are delish. And I LOVE the photo of you guys Meg. So sweet.

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  19. This has to be my favorite so far this week. I love peppermint!

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  20. yummy! you have been a baking queen!

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  21. those cookies look delish! cute christmas photo :)

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  22. Those look so tasty. I love mint and chocolate together. Tis the season for yummy treats! I love it. :)

    http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

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  23. those cookies look absolutely incredible! i had peppermint oreos the other day and they were delicious! oh, and that christmas photo? adorable!
    xo TJ

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  24. So glad I stumbled upon your blog! I have to make some christmas cookies tonight and I had no idea what to do. Thanks to all of your cooking I have some ideas! Cute family photo by the way :)

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  25. Yall are too cute! And ill take about 4 orders of those cookies. Yum!

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  26. Those are the *CUTEST* cookies!!! My favorite *used* to be the candy cane kiss cookies (also adorable) but with that packaging idea, these take the cake! And speaking of cute...your pic is fantastic (c:

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  27. Sounds delish...and your Christmas photo is too cute!

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  28. Wow, wow, wow! These look incredible! And I love the cookie packaging tip! Thanks for sharing!

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  29. oh yum these look so cute and tasty!
    I sent your package off last week, I hope you receive it soon!

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  30. These look so so yummy! I'm sure they are so rich, too! :) I love your Christmas photo--so so cute!

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these great recipes with us! We are so lucky! :)

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  31. You had me at chocolate and peppermint! Love your Christmas pic!

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  32. oh my gosh those look amazing! i'll have to try a batch sometime this week!

    xx
    alyssa
    http://wereaucourant.blogspot.com

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  33. Love the cookies and Christmas photo.

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  34. Love the picture of you 4 at the end of this post. Adorable! You've been busy this week! yum!

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  35. Love the picture of you 4 at the end of this post. Adorable! You've been busy this week! yum!

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  36. Thanks for cookie wrapping idea. I would have never thought to use plastic bottles.

    Cute Christmas photo! Your doggies are so cute.

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  37. I'll take some cookies right now! Thanks! : )

    That picture is too cute!

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  38. These look AMAZING! My mouth is watering and my tummy is begging for these!

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  39. OMG these look so tasty!!! Love the Christmas photo! Merry Christmas to ya'll!! xo

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