Friday, December 13, 2013

Peppermint Chip Double Dark Chocolate Cookies

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And somehow it seems to be over before it feels like it started.  Usually my house is a nonstop bakeshop for all of December, but seeing as I’m moving in the midst of the madness, it has been pretty tough! But I commit to fully dedicating every day this next week to making something festive and hopefully get you some good recipes!

So I picked up these Andes peppermint chips, along with about 10 other cool things I never saw before, and now I needed to find something to do with them! I’m one of those “I need these..but I’m not sure for what” kind of shoppers if you didn't realize that already.
I've never had a chocolate cookie recipe that I felt was chocolaty enough {talk about an addict}. So I've been on the hunt for the perfect recipe, and after playing around a bunch, I finally came up with this one for you...and it’s PERFECT!  Until I come up with something better of course, in which case I’ll call that one perfect and the cycle continues.

But this cookie is truly perfect for this time of year. It’s like a winter party in your mouth.  I mean dark chocolate and peppermint chips, could there be a more festive combo?! Don’t bother answering that question, I've answered for you..there’s not!
So for all your work holiday parties and ugly sweater festivities MAKE THESE. They’re so quick and easy they’re sure to be a hit! Would I steer you wrong?! :)

Peppermint Chip Double Dark Chocolate Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder {regular or Special Dark, whichever you prefer}
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup {1 stick) of butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup peppermint chips {I used Andes}

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a bowl, mix together flour, cocoa powder and baking soda.

In the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter and sugars until smooth.  Add in eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.
Add in flour mixture and beat until incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips and peppermint chips.
Use a tablespoon to place the cookie on the tray. Bake for 8-10 minutes until firm, then remove.  Place on a cooling rack or enjoy warm!

Happy Holidays! :)

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