In looking through all of my family’s Christmas cookie recipes, I realized that most of them aren’t, in fact, very “Christmas-y.” Truly, what makes them Christmas cookies is just that we make them at Christmas. While this is totally fine, sometimes, you just want something that screams CHRISTMAS. These cookies do exactly that!
My mom’s peppermint chocolate cookies were added to the rotation a few years ago for three reasons. First, they are so very Christmas-y. Second, they taste like thin mints – but better! And third, they look so very pretty, and I believe that half the taste is in the presentation!
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup mini or regular size semi-sweet chocolate chips
8 ounces of white chocolate
3 large candy canes, crushed
In a large bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer beat the butter for 1 minute until completely smooth and creamy. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
Beat in egg, vanilla, and peppermint extract.
In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together until combined.
Slowly add flour mixture to wet mixture and beat lightly until combined. Dough will be very thick.
Add in the chocolate chips and carefully increase the speed to high (this will just break up the chocolate chips to evenly distribute the chocolate. Have no fear!) for about 45 seconds. Dough will be very sticky!
Refrigerate the dough for 3 hours, or up to 3 days. You must refrigerate, or it will be too sticky and limp to roll!
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and let sit for 20 minutes. Roll into one inch balls and bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.
Let cookies cool completely. While cookies are cooling, melt the white chocolate. Dip cookies halfway into the white chocolate and place on parchment paper.
Immediately sprinkle with crushed candy cane. Allow chocolate to set completely before devouring!