After giving in to a peppermint hot chocolate on a super chilly day, it donned on me that, not only do I LOVE mint and chocolate together, but it’s about time I try baking chocolate chip cookies with pieces of peppermint candy in em’. Mmm, and that task has been bothering me all last week until Friday night. So, with that, let me share my pepperminty n’ chocolately adventure.
First off, I decided to use the Neiman Marcus cookie recipe because it called for half portions and I wasn’t wanting to make huge batches just yet. Also, the consistency is a bit more “solid” – that way I could easily shape and coat the cookies. Second, I had to get my hands on peppermint candies to crush. Since it’s that time of the year candy canes are everywhere and very cheap. While I recently discovered there are peppermint candy pieces made for baking, it was cheaper just to buy a box of candy canes for 99 cents.
Anyway, on with the baking!
After mixing up the cookie recipe, I set it aside and prepared the candy canes seen here sitting on wax paper and plastic wrap. I kind of wished I picked plain ol’ red and white canes…but I guess the green makes it more festive.
With a pestle, I smashed em’ good.
Instead of mixing the crushed candy directly into the cookie dough, I made small balls of dough (about 2 teaspoons worth) and coated them. This way I can make one batch with candy and one batch without – something for everyone if any of em’ aren’t hot about peppermints in their chocolate chip cookies. Then onto the cookie sheet they went! And THANK GOODNESS for parchment paper – especially when baking with candy.
About 15 minutes or so later (these cookies’ consistency require a bit more time than the usual 10 minutes) I let them cool on my makeshift cooling racks *cough*toasterovenracks*cough*. And who really lets cookies cool completely? Not me. Though, it wasn’t exactly a smart idea since melty, oozy peppermint candy isn’t as forgiving as melty chocolate chips. The oozy string of peppermint instantly cooled and hardened so I had a pepperminty string hanging from my lip. Other than that, the cookies came out delicious – crunchy n’ chewy, minty n’ chocolately.
I love presenting homemade cookies in my round tin. Anyway, peppermints make a great addition to any chocolate chip cookie recipe. Pair them with milk, hot chocolate or any other favorite hot beverages. Enjoy!