Sunday, December 22, 2013
My friend M brought these cookies to this year's cohort dinner party and they were absolutely awesome. Cake-like, minty chocolate. Absolute perfection. Probably better than my triple chocolate cookies although not nearly as easy to slap together. Definitely worth it for a special occasion.
Double Chocolate-Peppermint Crunch Cookies
2 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (do not exceed 61% cacao; 15 to 16 ounces), divided
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 large eggs
4 candy canes or 16 red-and-white- striped hard peppermint candies, coarsely crushed
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Stir 2 cups chocolate chips in medium metal bowl set over saucepan of simmering water until melted and smooth.
- Measure 2/3 cup melted chocolate; transfer to small metal bowl and reserve for drizzling.
- Whisk flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, espresso powder, and salt in medium bowl.
- Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until creamy. Add sugar and both extracts; beat until smooth.
- Add eggs; beat to blend. Beat in melted chocolate from medium bowl. Add dry ingredients; beat just to blend. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chips.
- Measure 1 level tablespoonful dough; roll dough between palms to form ball. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing cookies 1 1/2 inches apart.
- Bake cookies until cracked all over and tester inserted into center comes out with large moist crumbs attached, 8 to 9 minutes.
- Cool cookies on baking sheet 5 minutes. Transfer cookies on parchment paper to racks to cool completely.
- Rewarm reserved 2/3 cup chocolate over small saucepan of simmering water. Using fork, drizzle chocolate over cookies. Sprinkle crushed candy canes over, arranging some pieces with red parts showing.
- Chill just until chocolate sets, about 20 minutes.