Monday, December 13, 2010

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies


Posted by: Annie

These cookies really helped me become fully in the Christmas spirit. I initially made a peppermint frosting for these cookies, however I was not a fan, and could not bring myself to frost these delicious chocolate cookies with a frosting that I could not even stomach. So I instead made a vanilla frosting and topped each cookie with crushed candy canes. The festive cookies plus the fact that the Christmas episode of Glee playing in the background really helped me get in the spirit! (Original recipe found here)

What You Will Need:

1 stick softened butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg
1 bag (11.5oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips (melted)
1 cup flour
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix until combined and beat in egg and melted chocolate chips. Stir in flour until combined. Lastly, mix in chocolate chips.  Drop dough by teaspoons onto un-greased cookie sheets. Flatten each cookie with the bottom of a glass that has been coated with sugar. Bake for 8 minutes or until set. Cool on cookie sheets for approximately one minute and transfer to wire racks. Cool completely before frosting. 

Vanilla Frosting:
1/2 stick butter (softened)
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 Tbsp milk

Beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. Beat in sugar, vanilla, and milk. Add more milk or more sugar based upon the frosting's consistency. I found that I had to add more sugar, because it was initially too thin when I poured it into my piping bag. Iced cooled chocolate cookies, and top with crushed candy canes or peppermints.

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