By food contributor Brittany
I’m all about giving away plates of goodies to neighbors each Christmas (I’m also all about receiving and eating them too 🙂 and this is a great classic cookie to add contrast to the traditional iced sugar cookie. I love peppermint and chocolate together so this is at the top of my list of favorites. An extra fun idea is to add peppermint ice cream smashed in between 2 cookies and walah, a Christmas ice cream sandwich!
Keep reading for the recipe…PEPPERMINT CHOCOLATE CRACKLES
Makes about 30
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 c. unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1 c. granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
6 oz. Hershey’s Peppermint Chocolate, finely chopped*
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1. Prepare ingredients and roughly chop chocolates.
1. Melt chocolate in a double broiler over simmering water or in microwave.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and cocoa in a small bowl.
3. Whisk together granulated sugar, eggs, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in slightly cooled melted chocolate. Stir in flour mixture gradually mixing with a spoon/spatula.
4. Add in the chopped peppermint chocolate candy into the mixture and combine. This is a brownie texture cookie and is thicker than regular cookie doughs.
5. Place in refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or until firm and easy to work with.
6. Preheat oven to 325°F degrees. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls using your palms.
7. Roll the balls into powdered sugar coating it with a generous layer.
8. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each 1” apart.
9. Bake until slightly firm in the center, about 15 minutes.
5. Let cool slightly on baking sheet and then they will easily lift off of the parchment paper. Then EAT! 🙂
*The original recipe calls for mint extract, so that is an option if you have that on hand. I liked the Hershey’s Peppermint Chocolate bar because it had fun red sprinkles that added a little something extra to the cookie and tasted extra yummy too!