Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

As I’ve mentioned multiple times, chocolate and peppermint is one of my favorite flavor combinations. In fact, I love it year round. It seems that it’s only acceptable to show this love of chocolate and peppermint during the winter months when it’s chilly outside. So I take full advantage and try to make as many chocolate/peppermint things as I can in the months of December and January.

I’ve seen a variety of similar cookies popping up in blogs and cookie swaps all around me. I decided to take a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I know produces a thick and chewy cookie since the addition of the candy cane crunch (or crushed up candy canes) would likely thin out a cookie as they baked.

I remember this chocolate chip cookie recipe specifically because it was the first time my eyes were awaken to the amazing flavor of bittersweet chocolate. Now I use it almost exclusively in my baking when chocolate chips are called for. I just love the flavor.

I used the leftover peppermint crunch that I got from KAF in the recipe and they came out amazingly. The peppermint and chocolate both shine and don’t overpower one another at all. This might just be my new favorite holiday cookie.

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Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yield: 4.5 dozen

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, at room temp
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 cups plus 2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint crunch
2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (or more semi-sweet if you don't have bittersweet)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper, or lightly butter them, and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, or stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, or a large bowl if mixing by hand, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well and scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar mixture, and mix until just combined. Fold in the peppermint pieces and chocolate chips.

Using a cookie scoop or two spoons, scoop cookie dough onto prepared pans. Bake 12-15 for smaller cookies, 14-17 for larger ones or until the tops are a light golden brown (mine came out after 12 minutes).

Cool the cookies on the sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

Recipe adapted from In The Sweet Kitchen

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11 Responses to “Chocolate Oatmeal Almost Candy Bars”

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    Brisbane Baker — March 24, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Wow, you’re going to end up with a whole lotta bars by the end of the week 😀

    Yum! Love this recipe 🙂

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    yumventures — March 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I love when ingredients don’t sound like they would be good, but come together in an amazing way! These look lovely.

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    Valen — March 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    I really enjoy your blog, lots of great photos and recipes! These look so good! I love oats, chocolate, and raisins, but have never combined all three.

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    Memória — March 24, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    These bars look fantastic and full of flavor. I’m bookmarking this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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    themilkmanswife — March 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    These sound wonderful! I’m not huge on raisins either but it sounds like they really work here. I’ll have to try these! 🙂

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    Jen — March 25, 2010 at 12:52 am

    This looks really great but I don’t think I can do the raisins–maybe I would make this and then I could give it to other people instead of eating it all myself!

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    Kelly — March 25, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Who is getting to eat all these amazing creations? Those ingredients sound delicious to me so I can only imagine the combined taste!

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    Jen — March 25, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Ha Kelly! My husband and I take the baked goods to work with us. I am also the girl who always brings a dessert to any gathering. Everyone knows that if we’re hanging out, I’ll probably have desserts in hand. I usually only have about one of whatever I make (hey, I have to taste test my food!)

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    Katherine Martin — March 25, 2010 at 2:19 am

    I am soooo making my housemates make me these for my birthday. If they don’t, I’ll just make them this weekend!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

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    o — September 17, 2013 at 4:24 am

    How many grams in a stick of butter?

    • beantownbaker — September 17th, 2013 @ 7:30 am

      There is information about butter in my FAQ page. 1 stick=113g

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