You know how some people have internal alarm clocks? I’m definitely one of those people. But you know what else I think I have? An internal Home Alone radar.
All day long yesterday, I had this odd feeling that I needed to watch Home Alone. This isn’t that weird considering it’s December and Home Alone is my favorite movie (12 months of the year favorite). But I had the songs from the movies stuck in my head, and was literally watching the movie in the back of my head (while working… I’m talented). Finally, around 4pm, I checked my phone to see if Home Alone might be on TV soon and what’dya know? It was going to be on TV that night! See? Home Alone radar. It’s really too bad that radar is good for nothing more than mentally preparing me to protect myself from the
wet sticky bandits.
Obviously, I watched Home Alone last night. Actually, it was Home Alone 2 – not as good, but it still screams happy holidays to me! You know what else screams happy holidays? Yep, you got it… chocolate peppermint bark cookies!
Chocolate peppermint bark seems to be everywhere this time of year – all fancied up at Williams-Sonoma, in grocery stores, and all over blogs and recipe sites. I’m definitely a fan of any mint/chocolate combination, so I decided to make my own version of peppermint bark… cookie style.
A holiday-time favorite candy, gone cookies! Crushed peppermint is added to sugar cookie dough for a soft, chewy peppermint cookie. Each cookie is dipped in melted chocolate to give it that peppermint bark look and taste everyone loves.
Makes 4 dozen
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10-12 minutes per cookie sheet (~3 cookie sheets)
- 1 cup browned butter, softened (instructions here) or regular unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup crushed peppermint candy
- 1 (10-ounce) package dark or semisweet chocolate chips
Heat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until mixed. In the same bowl, add the baking powder and salt and beat until mixed. Add the flour, 1/2 cup at at time, and beat on medium speed until mixed well. Stir in the crushed peppermint candy.
Roll the dough into 1 1/4 inch balls, then place two inches apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Allow to cool 2 minutes before removing from cookie sheets and setting onto wire racks to cool completely.
Once the cookies are cooled, melt the dark chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl on high power, stirring every 20-30 seconds until just melted. Dip the bottom and sides of each cookie into the melted chocolate, then set onto parchment paper to allow the chocolate to harden.