Peppermint Chocolate Sugar Cookies

  • Peppermint Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

    The holidays were so easy as a kid. You had a few weeks off from school. You didn’t have to worry about buying any presents. Any gifts you did give, were handmade or very inexpensive. The only people you had to give presents to were your parents and siblings (but even then, your parents helped out). You show up to all the holiday parties wearing the outfit your mother laid out for you. No worries, no stress, you just cruise and relax into the new year.

    If only it stayed that simple forever. The older you get, the more responsibilities you earn. This year, I helped out my mom by taking care of her entire Christmas shopping list. I thought shopping for my nieces and nephews would be a breeze. I know what kids like. I was a kid not too long ago. NOPE.

    I am confused by the sheer amount of toys available to kids nowadays. Alex and I spent hours reading reviews for different toys and games. There are way too many Lego sets to choose from, too many action figures to name, too many toys that require batteries. Is it age appropriate? Will their parents approve? Will it cause a mess? Will their brothers/sisters get jealous? I don’t know how parents do it. Buying presents for children is difficult.

    I’m still (many) years away from even planning on having children. (Sorry, Mom.) Right now, I’m better suited for cookie making. That’s what I’m best at during the holidays: creating sweets and desserts for everyone within reach.

    Peppermint Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

    Sugar cookies are the most versatile cookie ever. They’re synonymous with pretty much every holiday. Heart sugar cookies for Valentine’s Day, bunnies and eggs for Easter, pine trees and ornaments for Christmas.

    These are the sugar cookies for people who don’t want to deal with cookie cutters and punching out shapes. These are simple drop cookies. To make them festive and fancy, I dipped them in dark chocolate and sprinkled on crushed candy canes.

    Now, that’s easy.

    Peppermint Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

    P.S. These peppermint chocolate sugar cookies make for delicious ice cream sandwiches!

    Peppermint Chocolate Dipped Sugar Cookies

    Yield: about 2 dozen

    Ingredients:

    • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
    • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt

    Toppings:

    • 1 cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped
    • crushed candy canes or peppermints, as needed

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
    2. In large bowl, beat together butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined.
    3. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to butter mixture. Mix on low speed until thoroughly combined.
    4. Use 1-1/2 inch (diameter) cookie scoop to portion out balls of dough.
    5. Place cookie balls about 2-inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet.
    6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges of the cookie are set. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature.

    Assembly:

    1. Gently melt chopped chocolate over a double boiler. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly. Dip room temperature cookies in melted chocolate, immediately sprinkle with crushed candy canes and allow to set up on a wire rack. Allow chocolate to set before eating.

     

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    Comments

    Carla (@charliesue)

    OMG, you put it in as a PS, but ICE CREAM SANDWICHES. YESSSSS.

    Beautiful cookies! I’m sticking to the baking too. ;)

    Heather | Heather Likes Food

    What a festive holiday cookie! Yum!

    Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    These are the perfect Christmas cookie! Chocolate, mint, and the lovable sugar cookie! And I agree, sooooo many toys out there these days! I swear every generation goes “I wish I had that when I was a kid.”

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Kacey! Hehe, I say the exact same thing. But seriously, the toys these days are so COOL! I can’t wait to see what my nieces and nephews get so I can play along :)

    Allie | Baking a Moment

    So funny! I was just looking at my kids the other day and thinking the SAME THING! The holidays were so easy and fun back in the day when mom took care of all the things. Being a grownup is hard. These cookies are SO pretty! I just love how sweet and simple. :)

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Seriously, right?! At least nowadays, you get to the be mom that makes the holidays so fun! :)

    Andi @ The Weary Chef

    These cookies are perfect for Christmas! I love Christmas as kids, you only think about toys, cookies and lots of fun!!

    Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    I’m with you! It’s more fun to bake than having kids. :D At least for now! Especially when the cookies look like this. So pretty and yummy looking!

    Justine | Cooking and Beer

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Love the chocolate and peppermint combo!

    Rakhee@boxofspice

    The amount of toys available these days is crazy. My time was so much simpler and I remember being so much happier with the one doll I possessed. Too much of anything is always bad.
    These cookies sure look easy and are sooo pretty! Perfect for Christmas!

    Amy

    Perfect, two cookies in one.

    Cathy Trochelman

    These look perfectly light and delicious! And yes….too many toys!!!! We have 4 girls, so you can only imagine what our house looks like. Yikes!

      Maryanne Cabrera

      Thanks Cathy! Oh man. I can only imagine. But I bet it’s a lot of fun! :)

    Kristyn

    These are so festive! I’ll have to try these soon!