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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7 Responses to “Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies”

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Per usual, these look fantastic! Wishing you and C a Merry Christmas!

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    flourchild — December 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    These look delicious and they are very festive! Normally peppermint recipes don’t really catch my eye, but I will definitely have to try this one. Thanks!
    Jess
    http://flourchildjessie.blogspot.com/

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    Daisy — December 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    you taking full advantage of the peppermint chocolate combo in all forms is highly appreciated. These look delightful. Merry Christmas Jen!

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    nan — December 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Do you add the crushed peppermint before or after adding the chocolate chips?

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:58 am

      At the same time that you add the chocolate chips. I’m updating the recipe to be more clear.

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    Taylor — December 20, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I was wondering if i could just do a second cup of regular sugar instead of the brown sugar? i am all out…

    • beantownbaker — December 26th, 2013 @ 10:57 am

      Hi Taylor. Sorry for not responding sooner, I was offline for the holidays. The brown sugar really enhances the texture of these cookies. If you have molasses, you can make your own brown sugar by mixing molasses and white sugar. Otherwise, go ahead and use all white, just be aware that they won’t be as soft and chewy. Happy Holidays!

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