Scouring through my collection of cookie recipes, I found one from Martha Stewart that looked like the perfect vehicle to show off my peppermint chips. Its a very straightforward chocolate chip cookie recipe, except that cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate are added into the dough. I was able to whip up a batch of these cookies, from start to finish, while watching the Top Chef reunion episode last night.
While Im admittedly not a huge fan of peppermint, I was really pleased with the way they turned out. The rich, chocolate cookie was moist and chewy on the inside and crispy around the edges. The peppermint chips were both crunchy and creamy at the same time, and added just the right amount of mintiness, without being overpowering. It was a great balance of flavors. Plus, they look kind of pretty too.
These cookies went over pretty big here at my house, and I think they would be a nice addition to any holiday cookie basket.
Double Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies (adapted from Martha Stewart Living)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces peppermint chips or chopped peppermint bark
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
2. Melt coarsely chopped chocolate with the butter in a double boiler or a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
3. Transfer chocolate mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed to low and gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in peppermnt chunks.
4. Scoop cookie dough using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop. Place 2 inches apart on parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets. Bake about 15 minutes, or until cookies are flat and surfaces begin to crack. Let cool 5 minutes and then remove cookies to wire racks to finish cooling. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Makes about 2 dozen medium-sized cookies.
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