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December 19, 2013

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies

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Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sing of the holiday season with their combination of chocolate and peppermint. These dense cookies are the perfect treat for Santa!

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sing of the holiday season with their combination of chocolate and peppermint. These dense cookies are the perfect treat for Santa!

Remember the class Christmas parties you attended in elementary school just before classes let out for winter break?

I don’t remember a ton about them, but I do remember the copious amount of candy canes and chocolate available for all children on that day and trying to eat as much as humanly possible because CHOCOLATE and CANDY CANES. I also remember opinionated fights over what music to play during said party. (Just so we’re clear, No Doubt’s Tragic Kingdom is totally not appropriate because they use the “H” word in one song. Thanks, jerk-y 6th grade classmate.)

So…

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sing of the holiday season with their combination of chocolate and peppermint. These dense cookies are the perfect treat for Santa!

Holiday parties. Chocolate. Candy canes. All the spirit and joy leading up to Christmas.

This cookie is the combination of all of the above, and it shines this season. The final products are incredibly dense and decadent without being too over-the-top. It’s a recipe that can be appreciated by people of all ages, and the peppermint sings when surrounded by all the chocolate.

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sing of the holiday season with their combination of chocolate and peppermint. These dense cookies are the perfect treat for Santa!

Here’s how you can make your own…

A half-eaten Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sits on top of a glass of milk with Pinterest text

A half-eaten Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sits on top of a glass of milk
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Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies

Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies sing of the holiday season with their combination of chocolate and peppermint. These dense cookies are the perfect treat for Santa!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes
Servings 36 cookies
Calories 162 kcal
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter , softened (1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat OK)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 12 oz. bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup peppermints or candy canes , crushed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, and set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer (with the paddle attachment), cream together the butter, Greek yogurt and sugars until fluffy.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture, and beat on low speed, until just combined. Do not overmix.
  6. With a wooden spoon, fold in the chocolate chips and candy cane pieces.
  7. Using a cookie scooper, form dough balls and place on the baking sheet about 3" apart from one another.
  8. Bake for about 12 minutes or until puffed and slightly cracked.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before eating.

Recipe Notes

Stores well in an airtight container up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts
Peppermint Dark Chocolate Cookies
Amount Per Serving (1 cookie)
Calories 162 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Potassium 127mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 4.4%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

What kind of Christmas parties do you remember from your childhood?

 

The Speckled Palate Christmas Cookie Week 2013

Want to join in on this celebration of baked goodness? There’s one day left! Head over to the intro post to Christmas Cookie Week 2013, and I’ll see y’all back here tomorrow for my final new Christmas cookie recipe of the season!

18 Comments

  1. Drea

    I think I fell in love when you mentioned Tragic Kingdom. It’s the soundtrack of my 6th grade life lol. All I can remember us listening to in my 6th grade Christmas party is Backstreet Boys though.

    One new Christmas tradition we’re starting over here is cookie baking, so I’m loving this post. Candy canes and dark chocolate combined to make cookies– I’m all for that. Definitely gonna try these with the kiddies this weekend! I’m headed to pin this now. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Erin

      LOVE IT, Drea! Tragic Kingdom was the soundtrack of my 6th grade year, too, and it was my favorite… I wasn’t a Backstreet Boys fan at that time, though, and I think I would have turned my nose up at them if they were played at our party, haha.

      I love that y’all started the tradition of baking cookies, and I hope you made some delightful treats this season! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Heather

    OMG, I LOVED the Christmas parties growing up with all the cookies, fudge, and little gifts. Your pictures look amazing, cookie heaven! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

    • Erin

      They were pretty fun, weren’t they, Heather? Thank you! I’ve had fun photographing and making all these little cookies, and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas, too!

  3. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    As a kid, we always had tons of candy canes left over until Valentine’s day. Hehe.
    Your cookies look so fudgy and delicious! Love mint and chocolate together. 🙂

    • Erin

      That was the same with us, Tina! And I was always happy to munch on a leftover candy cane. (And confession: The candy canes from this recipe were actually leftover from LAST CHRISTMAS. Oops?) Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Alli

    I still haven’t received my cookie care package in the mail…

    • Erin

      I KNOW. I’ve been dragging my feet.

      Tell ya what. Whenever I visit NYC, we’ll make some cookies together. Granted, that’s more work for you, but it’s a win-win in my book because we’d get to hang out!

  5. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Erin, these are such happy cookies- they ARE Christmas! All of the ingredients say “the holidays are here”- chocolate (2 kinds!!), peppermint, vanilla, brown sugar…I can’t imagine how heavenly these must smell while they’re baking. Thanks for a great recipe, and a fun trip back to elementary school Christmas parties! ♥

    • Erin

      Joy, THANK YOU! They really are Christmas-y , and the combo of the flavors is just divine. They were definitely a favorite in our home while they were around (and they weren’t around for long!) Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you and yours had a lovely Christmas and New Years!

  6. Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering

    Eeeep! Peppermint and dark chocolate! My favourite combo in the world. I cannot resist mint chocolate ice cream, Andes chocolate mints, chocolate mint patties, mint chocolate brittles…. the list goes on forever! I know I have to make this now. Together with Shutterbean’s Peppermint White Chocolate Barks. Cute as gifts.

  7. Shonda

    WOW! I so have to make these cookies! I have a recipe for mudslide cookies and the peppermint addition would be great! Thanks for sharing! 😉

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  9. Jessica

    This looks amazing! Know it’s after the holidays but dark chocolate and mint are two of my favorite things so I need to make this!

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