Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Treats: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

     Here's another recipe I've been making for years.  It's another one from my "Low-Fat" cookbook so naturally, I added all the fat back in and threw in some chocolate chips for good measure.  Can't have all that stupid health at Christmas, now can we?

     I used a food processor for the first time this year to chop the candies,  you can always use the old-fashioned "bash 'em with a hammer" method, but this was quicker and more uniform.  Process for about 10 seconds until most of the mints are dust, but there are still a few pea sized chunks in there, too.  I used Trader Joe's brand peppermints because they don't have artificial colorings or flavors.  They are smaller, though, so I used about 35 candies.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies (Modified from Low-Fat Ways to Cook Desserts)
Yield: 53 cookie scoop size cookies, 44 if you follow the directions
1/2 C stick butter, softened
1/2 C sugar
1/2 C firmly packed brown sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 C all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 C plus 1 Tbs unsweetened cocoa
2/3 C finely crushed round peppermint candies (about 30 candies or 8 candy canes)
1/2 C chocolate chips

Beat margarine at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugars, beating well.  Add egg substitute and vanilla; beat well.  Combine flour and next 4 ingredients.  Add to margarine mixture, stirring just until blended.  Stir in crushed candy.  Drop dough by level Tbs 2 inches apart onto cookie sheets lined with parchment or wax paper.  Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.  Remove from cookie sheets and let cool on wire racks.

You definitely want these to be on some sort of barrier instead of relying on cooking spray or any magical non-stick properties your pan may possess.  They can be super sticky!

I really like these especially with the smaller pieces.  The kids love them with hot chocolate! 


  1. I have been searching for the perfect cookie to put out for Santa. This is the one... sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing, your 12 days of treats series is awesome!

    1. Just between you and me, Santa loves these. Maybe a little too much... Last year, I'm pretty sure he put two in his mouth at once...

  2. Oooooooooh they were INCREDIBLE! Santa loved them. Thanks for sharing, will be making these every year!


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