Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies & snow

We had our first major snow storm of the year, and there is more on the way!  If this keeps up, we might just have a white Christmas this year.  There is a 50/50 chance of having snow on the ground for Christmas in Eastern Iowa…..

and I prefer the snow.  Without the snow, everything just looks dead.  The grass is brown, the trees are bare…..it just doesn’t seem right.  If it is going to be bitter cold, we should at least have some snow to enjoy right?  You know what is perfect on a cold winter day?  Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies…..

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies cookingwithcurls.com

You already know how much I love my Peppermint Mochas, so it just stands to reason that I would enjoy chocolate peppermint cookies as well.  I came across some Nestle Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels while I was at the grocery store and I knew that I had to make cookies!!

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This is more of a soft cookie, rather than a gooey, brownie like cookie.  They hold their shape really well, which makes them perfect for shipping.  I might try them again sometime with a larger cookie scoop and see if that makes any difference in the texture.  I actually prefer my cookies to be bite size, or should I say the standard size cookie as described in dietary guidelines….. so I am not really in any hurry to make larger ones. ;)

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies by cookingwithcurls.com

The sugar crystals are just for fun, I thought it made them look more festive!  These cookies are incredibly delicious without them as well.  Are you a peppermint lover?

Enjoy!

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Serves 33 cookies
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Dessert
These Dark Chocolate Peppermint Cookies are sure to be a holiday favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick, softened)
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Nestle dark chocolate and mint morsels
  • decorative sugar sprinkles (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 3 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
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In a large mixing bowl, beat together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and fluffy.
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Add the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda. Mix until thoroughly combined.
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Stir in the chocolate morsels.
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Form 1 Tablespoon of dough into small balls, I use a small cookie scoop. Roll tops in sugar crystals if desired.
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Place on baking sheet about 1 1/2 inches apart.
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Bake for 10 - 12 minutes. The tops should still be soft.
Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 6 - 7 minutes to set.
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Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
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Store in an airtight container, or freeze for several weeks.

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m with you Lisa I prefer snow on the ground. It makes everything bright. We are having a thaw and our foot of snow is turning into slosh. I haven’t seen the chips you are using in this cookie.. they look delicious. thanks for being part of foodie friday and Merry Christmas.

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