Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Every Christmas, we tend to look back on the holiday celebrations of the past. I’m lucky to say, my family’s were almost always filled with happiness. Christmas was never just a one day event, seeing as my family had three separate celebrations spanning over the three days surrounding the holidays. We always began by exchanging gifts with just my grandparents, cousins, aunt and uncle on the 23rd of December. The 11 of us would spend the night eating way to many cookies and opening gifts for hours…because it was my grandparents’ tradition of giving all of us four gifts, each bigger than the next. The first would often be a new Christmas sweater and the last was the gift you waited for all year…the new bike or the American Girl Doll. Christmas Eve brought all the extended family into town and we celebrated with Santa, who came to our house every year to take pictures. Finally, Christmas Day was much more low- key and by the end of the night..I usually cried. I hated seeing the season end, but mostly I missed all that extended time with my family. As we grew older, and our family started growing a bit smaller, the celebrations grew smaller as well. At first it was sad to see the three day stretch diminish to two days of celebration, but as that happened, the focus of the holiday changed too. Suddenly it wasn’t about the new bike or the cookies and more about spending time together. As we’ve grown up, my cousins, brother and I don’t see each other as often as we used to, yet we have still remained as close as we were when we were young. And the holidays are no longer marked by the gift that we got….but by the times we shared together. And the hilarious things that happened that year. Like the year we had a whipped cream fight at the “kids table”… or the year I somehow snorted a green maraschino cherry up my nose. ( All I’m saying is laughing while eating can cause your nasal passageways major harm) And then of course there was the year my brother and cousin Kristen turned 21 and decided fully utilizing the Christmas “spirits” was a great idea. Being the designated driver for those two was not an easy task. The old gift-centered holiday memories have been eclipsed by the new memories that revolve around shared laughter and the stories we end up telling over and over again.

So in honor of these new holiday traditions I’m sharing a cookie recipe that has become a mainstay at our Christmas celebrations in the last few years. As I said a few months back, these cookies are my brother Sean‘s favorite Christmas cookie. They are very much like the Girl Scout Thin Mints, only made with white chocolate. They take some time, but are definitely worth the extra effort. Go ahead and bake these cookies and have yourself a very Merry Christmas!

Ingredients: From Martha Stewart Magazine; Makes 2 dozen cookies

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips (16 oz)
  • 2-3 candy canes, crushed

Preparation

  1. Sift flour cocoa, baking powder, baking soda & salt in a bowl; set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer until creamy
  3. Beat egg, then yolk into butter mixture
  4. Beat in peppermint extract
  5. Slowly add flour mixture and beat until well mixed
  6. Divide dough into two disks and wrap with plastic wrap
  7. Chill disks for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days)
  8. After chilling, roll dough out on a floured surface
  9. With a 2-inch cookie cutter (or the top of a small drinking glass) cut out 2 inch circles and place on cookie sheet
  10. Place full cookie sheets in the freezer and freeze for 10 minutes
  11. Next, place cookies in the oven at 325 and bake for 12 minutes
  12. In the meantime, melt white chocolate until smooth
  13. After cookies have cooled, drizzle or dip cookies in white chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peppermint

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  1. Pingback: Homemade Thin Mints « Miss Petite Sweets

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