Chocolate and peppermint has got to be one of the best holiday flavor combinations out there. I mean, there are Peppermint Mocha lattes and York Peppermint Patties leftover from Halloween (sorry, kids!) and peppermint hot cocoa at the ready after a day of holiday shopping or playing in the snow (hello, what’s up with the November snow in the northeast this year?!). This time of year brings out the very best in this ultimate holiday combo. And, now we can add these Chocolate Peppermint Cookies to the list of holiday yumminess!
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Chocolate and Peppermint is the Ultimate Holiday Flavor Combo
So, I wasn’t always such a huge fan of chocolate and peppermint. Not so sure why it took me so long to come around, but now I cannot get enough of it. At my annual Holiday Cookie Exchange, I look forward to my friend’s peppermint bark with its layers of contrasting semi-sweet and white chocolate and that refreshing peppermint flavor. It just goes so well together! This year, I decided to take a good ol’ standby recipe for chocolate crackle cookies and introduce the flavor of peppermint via some extract, some Ghiradelli peppermint chocolate chunks and crushed up candy canes (you can even buy candy canes pre-crushed – how awesome of a time saver is that?!). Chocolate + peppermint perfection!
Making the Perfect Chocolate Peppermint Holiday Cookie Recipe
These cookies were inspired by chocolate crackle cookies. I wanted a cookie that was cakey, pepperminty, and had a bit of crunch to it from peppermint candy. Since I had not purchased the pre-crushed candy canes, I crushed my own. I took about 10 full-size candy canes, placed them in the food processor, told everyone to cover their ears, and pulsed them for about 30 seconds until they reached my desired consistency. I like to leave some bigger pieces for texture and visual appeal. The inside of the cookie also has peppermint flavor from the extract (be sure to find peppermint versus spearmint or mint extract so your cookies don’t wind up tasting like toothpaste). You can adjust the amount of peppermint flavor by adding a bit more or less depending on the level of intensity you’re looking for. I found one teaspoon to be just right for my liking. And when combined with the creamy, sweet flavor of the Ghirardelli peppermint chunks, the balance was perfecto!
Make Ahead Option
If you’re like me and you’re running around like a chicken without its head this time of year, you can certainly prepare this dough ahead of time and freeze it then pull it out when you’re ready to bake. After removing it from the freezer, allow it to come up to room temperature, then proceed with rolling into balls and dipping into the crushed candy canes.
Now go forth and holiday it up! These are great for cookie exchanges, gift giving, or nibbling while you’re waiting for Santa to arrive.
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