Thursday, November 17, 2011

12 Weeks of Cookies - Chocolate & Peppermint Bark Cookies

It's that time of the week again, the 12 weeks of Christmas Cookies. Yay! I had the worst disaster in the kitchen last week so my confidence has been a little weaker than usual. I tried to make pumpkin cake for my husband who is still raving about the pumpkin cake cookies I made two weeks ago and I failed. Monumentally failed. I read right over adding baking powder to the flour mixture. Whoops. That's what I get for trying to make a cake while basketball is on, hubby is installing new baseboards, and the cat is whining and meowing left and right.

So needless to say, I haven't been in the kitchen since then. But these chocolate bars brought back the confidence, the swag, and the desire to get creative again. Plus it didn't hurt when hubby told me one of his co-workers told him that I have spoiled her, she can't eat anyone else's baked goods! That made my day.

I was going through my cookbook folder and happened upon these cookies that were in my to-make list last year. I can't believe I never got around to making last year. Delicious!



Chocolate and Peppermint Bark Cookies
original recipe by Cookin Canuck

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 oz semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped peppermint candies
  • 12 Andes mints, melted 
Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Spray 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper, making sure the parchment paper hangs over the sides of the pan.
  • Whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl and set aside. 
  • Beat butter in a large mixing bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar. Continue to beat together for about 3 minutes, until the mixture is light and creamy. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  • Beat in vanilla extract and egg. 
  • Turn the mixer on low and gradually beat in the flour mixture until just incorporated. Be careful not to over mix.
  • Scatter the dough over the bottom of the prepared pan and gently press it, with slightly moistened fingers, to form a flat layer. Prick all over with a fork.
  • Bake at 350 for 25 -30 minutes until the cookie layer is golden brown and the edges are beginning to pull away from the side of the pan.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and immediately place on a wire cooling rack. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the cookie layer and let set for 3 minutes.
  • Using an offset spatula, spread the chocolate chips into an even layer over the surface of the cookie. 
  • Immediately sprinkle the chopped peppermint candies on top of the chocolate layer.
  • Melt the Andes mint candies in a microwave safe bowl or a pastry bag until completely melted. Drizzle the chocolate over the peppermint candies. Chill for roughly 30 minutes.
  • Holding onto both edges of the parchment paper, lift the cookies out of the pan and place on a work surface. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the cookies into irregular size pieces. 
  • They can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.


7 comments:

  1. These look delicious! I love the idea of peppermint bark w/ a cookie. May have to put these on my to try list too!

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  2. Oh those look so good, and I love the idea of the bark like topping.

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  3. These look great - a guess a lot of us were feeling pepperminty this week! My mom absolutely loves peppermint bark, so this would be a great twist to an old favorite to bring to our family gathering this year!

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  4. Hee! I made peppermint bark this week, but pairing it with cookies? Sheer brilliance! These look wonderful!

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  5. Tracy these look wonderful. I see myself giving these a go really soon. Glad u got u'r baking mojo back!

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  6. I've completely read over baking powder/baking soda in recipes too. But it looks like your peppermint bark cookies turned out perfectly.

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  7. Thanks, ladies! :) I am going to try to make the pumpkin cake again this weekend. Wish me luck!!

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