Double Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies

Thursday, December 17, 2009

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The other day, I was frantically racing strolling down the baking aisle at the market when I saw these Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips by Andes.  You know Andes, don’t you?  They’re the ones that make those little Crème de Menthe chocolates that you get at many restaurants along with your check.  Anyway, I had never seen these chips before, but I thought they would help make some great holiday cookies.   So, I bought a few bags.  I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do with them, but I did know that it had to involve chocolate.  After all, peppermint and chocolate are like the peanut butter and jelly of the Christmas season. 

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Scouring through my collection of cookie recipes, I found one for Martha Stewart’s Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies.  It looked like the perfect vehicle to show off my peppermint chips.  It’s a very straightforward chocolate chip cookie recipe, except that cocoa powder and melted dark chocolate are added into the dough.  I was able to whip up a batch of these cookies, from start to finish, while watching the Top Chef reunion episode last night.

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While I’m admittedly not a huge fan of peppermint, I was really pleased with the way they turned out.  The rich, chocolate cookie was moist and chewy on the inside and crispy around the edges.  The peppermint chips were both crunchy and creamy at the same time, and added just the right amount of “mintiness”, without being overpowering.  It was a perfect balance of flavors.  Plus, they look kind of pretty too.

These cookies went over big here in SGCC Land, and I think they would be a nice addition to any holiday cookie basket.

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Double Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies
adapted from Martha Stewart Living

If you can’t find Andes Peppermint Crunch baking Chips in your area, you can substitute good old peppermint bark instead.  Just chop it up into small bits and you should be good to go.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces good-quality semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 ounces peppermint chips or chopped peppermint bark

Directions:

1.   Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

2.   Melt coarsely chopped chocolate with the butter in a  double boiler or a small heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.

3.  Transfer chocolate mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.  Add sugar, eggs, and vanilla and mix on medium speed until combined.  Reduce speed to low and gradually mix in flour mixture. Fold in peppermint chunks.

4.   Scoop cookie dough using a 1 1/2-inch ice cream scoop.  Place 2 inches apart on parchment or Silpat lined baking sheets. Bake about 15 minutes, or until cookies are flat and surfaces begin to crack.  Let cool 5 minutes and then remove cookies to wire racks to finish cooling. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Makes about  2 dozen medium-sized cookies.

20 responses to Double Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies

  1. On December 17, 2009 at 1:00pm, patsy said...

    I bought a bag of those baking bits as well… was looking for a good way to use them and this likes a great recipe for them!

  2. On December 17, 2009 at 1:50pm, Rosa said...

    Gorgeous looking cookies!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. On December 17, 2009 at 2:11pm, Joanne said...

    Wow these look amazing! I have been craving some mint chocolate chip ice cream these days but I think these cookies would be even better!

  4. On December 17, 2009 at 2:36pm, Colleen said...

    Ooooooh how fab do these look??? I would love to get a baggie of them this festive season :o)

  5. On December 17, 2009 at 6:06pm, Carolina said...

    Beautiful and Dreamy!

  6. On December 17, 2009 at 7:18pm, Jenni said...

    Nice! I would’ve stopped in my tracks, too, if I’d seen these little Andes chippy things–how cool are they?!

  7. On December 17, 2009 at 9:44pm, monicaonthego.com said...

    Yum. I love those little mints, I am going to look for these next time I am at the grocery.

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  8. On December 17, 2009 at 11:51pm, Natasha - 5 Star Foodie said...

    The peppermint and chocolate combination sounds super delicious, I would love a few of these fabulous sweet treats!

  9. On December 18, 2009 at 7:25am, bergamot said...

    Peppermint and chocolate is a great combination. Looks really great

  10. On December 18, 2009 at 9:01am, Jason Sandeman said...

    Wow, perfect for the holiday table. I have some barry xtra brute cocao powder that will counter the sweetness of the peppermint. Thank you for the wonderful post!

  11. On December 18, 2009 at 9:08am, bellini valli said...

    You can always find the coolest ingredients in the States. I still have my out for peanut butter chips here:D

  12. On December 18, 2009 at 12:16pm, Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen said...

    Yum, delicious looking cookies!

  13. On December 18, 2009 at 12:24pm, Rachel (S[d]OC) said...

    LOL on the PBJ comment.

    Those cookies look so beautiful and dark and chocolately. I can’t imagine them not tasting good with whatever you put in them!

  14. On December 20, 2009 at 1:26pm, Lucy said...

    These mint chips look scrummy – I wonder if they are available in the UK? Gorgeous cookies, they look irresistible!

  15. On December 20, 2009 at 8:49pm, CookiePie said...

    So pretty, and so perfect for the holidays!!

  16. On December 21, 2009 at 4:49pm, Simone (junglefrog) said...

    I love the look of those cookies with the red shining through! Makes them look very interesting and very christmassy too!

  17. On December 22, 2009 at 11:46am, The Food Hunter said...

    They look yummy! I will add them to my cookie list for next year. I’m all baked out this year :-)

  18. On January 02, 2010 at 7:48pm, Kate D. said...

    These cookies are CRAZY good! I made them and was inundated with compliments. Thanks for a great recipe!!!

  19. On January 22, 2012 at 9:54pm, Anon said...

    Mine cam out hollow =(

  20. On December 13, 2012 at 8:34pm, michelle said...

    I found these after buying a bag of the andes chips on the spur of the moment and made them tonight to put into teachers’ bags. They are amazing! Thank you for an outstanding recipe!

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