Striped Chocolate Cookies

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Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Welcome to Day 9 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series!!!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I can’t believe I actually finished all of my recipes!  I still have three more to post, but they are all done and photographed. Whew. I don’t know how I did it, but I am so ready for a vacation.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

These cookies almost didn’t happen, folks. When I plan out a dozen holiday recipes, the rolled cookies are usually the ones I end up loathing. After I make super simple treats like buckeye balls or peppermint patties, I find myself asking “WHY?” when I start the process of mixing, rolling, refrigerating, etc. Because of that, this recipe alternated on and off my list several times. In the end, I finally committed and I’m so glad I did!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

First of all, I have to admit that these are one of the best tasting cookies I’ve ever made. The chocolate layer is rich and dark and the white layer has a hint of peppermint. Its the perfect flavor combination. Plus, the texture is downright perfect.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

Second, I have to admit I’m a huge fan of how cute they turned out. My first objective was to actually turn them into little spiral pinwheels, but as I started to roll the dough layers, it was clear that was not going to happen… successfully. It was at that point that I stacked them and I’m so glad I did!  I almost named them jailhouse cookies because it looks like they’re behind bars, but I opted for a more obvious name.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

If you make one cookie this year, this should be it. I’m giving my vote to the striped cookies and I’m electing to stash away some for myself. Enjoy!

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

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Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 6 dozen
Ingredients
Peppermint Dough:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Chocolate Dough:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, (2 sticks) room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
For the peppermint dough:
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, confectioners sugar, and salt; set aside. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue mixing for another couple of minutes. Stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the egg and peppermint extract. Beat just until mixed.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing slowly until blended.
  4. Place the dough between two pieces of lightly floured parchment or waxed paper. Roll into a 10 by 12 by 1/4 inch rectangle. Slide the covered sheets of dough onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
For the chocolate dough:
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and salt; set aside. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and continue mixing for another couple of minutes. Stop mixing and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat just until mixed.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing slowly until blended.
  4. Place the dough between two pieces of lightly floured parchment or waxed paper. Roll into a 10 by 12 by 1/4 inch rectangle. Slide the covered sheets of dough onto a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours or overnight.
To make the striped cookie:
  1. Roll each of the doughs to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick and do your best to make them the same size. Using a cup of water, wet your finger tips and barely moisten the top of one dough and the bottom of the other so that when you stack them, they stick together under gentle pressure. Using a straight edge (I used a long frosting spreader as a guide), use a pizza cutter to cut the stacked dough into 1 inch wide strips. Its important that these strips are straight and uniform length.
  2. Stack these bi-colored strips, moistening each layer so that they stick when stacked. Continue stacking until you have the desired height (I did a total of 8 layers). Use a sharp knife to cut 1/4 inch thick cookies. Trim any uneven edges with a sharp knife.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set the cookies at least 1/2 inch apart from one another and bake in preheated oven until the white dough is just beginning to brown, about 16 to 18 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack.
  4. Keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to cook to reduce spreading during baking.
  5. Store in airtight container in freezer for longer storage.

Looking for a cookie that will really impress? Everyone will love these Striped Chocolate Cookies made with a touch of peppermint, perfect for the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Homemade Peppermint Patties

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With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

Day 8 of my 12 Days of Holidays Treats series already? Wow!

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

The funniest thing I have to say about this recipe is this: When I asked my husband if he wanted to try one, he made an ugly face and said “I don’t like peppermint patties”.  Then, later on he must have forgotten what I had made because he ate one and said “Those are really good”. So typical.

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

The funny story I have to go along with this recipe has to do with my video. We recently got into making food videos because all the cool kids are doing it. We’ve been trying really hard to knock out two videos a week – one for an old recipe and one for a new recipe. Well, this week our new recipe was these peppermint patties. Having never made them, I just assumed they’d be really easy so they’d be a perfect choice for making a video. Well, these are quite easy to make, but the chocolate part took a wee bit of finesse. You see, the first time I tried dipping one of the peppermint slices, it was at room temperature. If you put a room temperature mixture of powdered sugar, butter, and cream into a bowl of warm chocolate, what do you think happens? Well, if you guessed that it melted, you’re smarter than I am. I lost about three casualties to the warm chocolate bath before I figured I had to try a different method. I ended up going with the piping method, which ended up being quite the catastrophe off camera as well because we lost the tip somewhere in the bag and melted chocolate flowed freely everywhere. Sort of funny, mostly not funny, now that I look back. Long story short, we figured out how to successfully coat them in the chocolate and I also managed to make a couple other recommendations in the recipe if you need alternative methods. Either way, these little bite sized chocolate peppermint bombs are pretty much to die for and the homemade version blows anything pre-packaged out of the water!

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

Homemade Peppermint Patties
 
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With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • optional: crushed candy canes
Instructions
  1. Combine the powdered sugar, butter, peppermint extract, and heavy cream. Mix them with a stand mixer and paddle attachment or a hand mixer until the mixture comes together. You may need to use your hands to form the final sugar dough.
  2. Over a long sheet of plastic wrap, form the peppermint dough into a long log, wrap tightly, and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  3. When ready to make the candy, combine the chocolate with the butter in a bowl and microwave at half power for one minute at a time, stirring in between each minute, until the chocolate is melted.
  4. Slice the peppermint dough into 1/4 inch thick rounds. Lay out a piece of wax paper to put your finished patty on.
  5. I found three ways to successfully coat them in chocolate without having them melt in the bowl of chocolate. First, you can pipe the chocolate onto the wax paper, add the peppermint slice, pipe more chocolate on top, and then use a toothpick to spread if needed. Second, you can freeze the individual slices and then dip in the chocolate. Third, you can allow the slices to sit out until they dry a bit and then dip them.
  6. While chocolate is still wet, sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  7. Store in airtight container or storage bag. Freezes well.

Recipe adapted from Oh Nuts

With only a handful of ingredients, you can make your own bite-sized chocolate covered Homemade Peppermint Patties which are perfect for the holidays!

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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25 of the Best Holiday Cookies and a $400 Cash Giveaway!

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Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we’re giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

Not only am I sharing 25 of the BEST Holiday Cookie recipes, but we're giving away $400 cash to spend however you wish this holiday season!

It’s the most WONDERFUL time… of the year!  Tell me you just sang that in your head just like I did while I was writing it. You did, didn’t you? I look forward to the holidays every single year. The enjoyment I get from my kids excitement. The smell of wonderful baked treats filling the house. The endless decorations and lights. The calming tradition of putting that fresh Oregon Noble Fir up in the living room and decorating it with the sentimental ornaments we’ve collected over the years. I love all of it. This will be my third year doing my 12 Days of Christmas series on my blog where I share twelve, YES 12 if you can believe it – holiday treats. If you’re curious about all the wonderful recipes I’ve made in the past, I’ll list some of them out here with links to the recipes, but I don’t want to post pictures because there are too many amazing recipes below. PLUS THE CASH!!! Read on for more details.  Okay, here are just some of my favorite holiday recipes, and have fun looking through all of my friends recipes below! Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows | Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

This holiday season I’m excited to be joining the Real Housemoms creative team in giving away $400 Black Friday Cash! We’re helping make one lucky reader’s holiday extra special with a little spending money. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

This holiday season I’m excited to be joining the Real Housemoms creative team in giving away $400 Black Friday Cash! We’re helping make one lucky reader’s holiday extra special with a little spending money. Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter!

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Easy Peppermint Mocha

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Don’t waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

I absolutely love this time of year. Without the holidays, it would be dreadfully difficult to get through a dark and rainy Portland winter. Everything I love about the holidays – the lights, the gifts, the homemade treats, the hot comforting drinks – it all gets me through each day with a warm smile on my face.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

I absolutely love holiday themed coffee drinks. I look forward to them every year. What I don’t enjoy is paying over five bucks for a single drink. That’s why I was so excited when I found this International Delight Peppermint Mocha when I was shopping last week at Target! Being able to make my favorite drink at home just encourages me to slow down and enjoy the magical moments, whether I’m curled up by the fire with my loved ones or entertaining all of my favorite friends. And that’s really what the holidays are all about.  

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

This coffee drink is really easy to make. I used one of those instant coffee packs, but instead of putting in the full 8 ounces of water that the instructions called for, I only used 4 ounces. Then, I steamed and frothed up some chocolate milk. Already sounds pretty good, right? Well, that’s a plain mocha right there. what I did was elevate the drink to holiday status by adding some of the Peppermint Mocha. Oh. My. YUM.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Top that with some whipped cream because, well, it wouldn’t be a holiday drink without some whipped cream, right?

If you want extra savings on a drink like this, you can download and use Cartwheel and the 5% off coupon on International Delight Coffee Creamer, Silk Coffee Creamer and Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee Creamer from 12/1/15 – 12/24/2015. Target’s Cartwheel app allows you to search for offers, scan products for coupons, and save them all to your own personal savings barcode to be scanned at checkout. Use Cartwheel to build your shopping list so you don’t forget anything, making life just a little bit easier this holiday season.

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

Easy Peppermint Mocha
 
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Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!
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Recipe type: drink
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 1 individual pack of finely ground instant coffee
  • 4 ounces boiling water
  • 4 ounces chocolate milk
  • 1 tablespoon International Delight Peppermint Mocha creamer
  • whipped cream
Instructions
  1. In a large cup, mix instant coffee and boiling water. Heat chocolate milk on stove top or in microwave and then whisk to froth, or if you have a frother heat the milk in there. Add to the coffee mixture.
  2. Stir in the Peppermint Mocha Creamer.
  3. Top with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Don't waste your money on expensive holiday drinks at the coffee place when you can make your own delicious Easy Peppermint Mocha in your own kitchen!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of WhiteWave Foods. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Lynne’s Cream Wafers

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I loved baking  Lynne’s Cream Wafers, a buttery and perfectly sweet cookie with a creamy filling, every Christmas with a very special person in my life.

I loved baking Lynne's Cream Wafers, a buttery and perfectly sweet cookie with a creamy filling, every Christmas with a very special person in my life.

Welcome to day 9 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series. There are no better recipes to share than those that have meaning, and this one is particularly special to me.

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I call these cookies Lynne’s Cream Wafers. Did Lynne create the recipe? Nope – this one is straight up old school Betty Crocker. But these cookies are more than special to me. It was actually quite sad making them this year, because I hadn’t enjoyed them since I made them with Lynne about twenty years ago. Lynne was my high school/college sweetheart’s mom. He and I were together for quite some time and it was during some incredibly impressionable years. During that time, I spent A LOT of time with his family. So much so that I really felt like I had become a member of their family. I went on many vacations with them and spent birthdays and holidays in their loving company. I value every second I got to spend with that family because they truly loved me as if I were part of it.

I loved baking Lynne's Cream Wafers, a buttery and perfectly sweet cookie with a creamy filling, every Christmas with a very special person in my life.

Christmas was a big deal for Lynne’s family. I was always in awe of the amount of Christmas decorations that went up each year. I remember spending an entire weekend doing nothing more than decorating. We’re talking every room in the house, including the bathrooms and the hallway up the stairs, had some kind of tinsel garland and/or lights. It was definitely a time that I really looked forward to. Lynne always made these cream wafers and, despite my memory not always being the best, I have very crystal clear memories of making them with her. I remember it feeling like it took forever to cut out and cook all those tiny little cookies. I remember spreading the filling between the two fragile flaky cookies, trying to keep them from crumbling between my fingers. And I remember sneaking a cookie or two every time I walked past the tin in the kitchen. Making these cookies took me back 20 years. I can still hear Lynne’s laugh and see her smile and feel her loving embrace.

I loved baking Lynne's Cream Wafers, a buttery and perfectly sweet cookie with a creamy filling, every Christmas with a very special person in my life.

It breaks my heart to not have a truly beautiful, caring, loving, and giving soul like Lynne in this world anymore. She was taken decades too early from the people who loved her so much. I will fondly hold on to my many memories of Lynne and will proudly make (and steal when no one is watching) these delicious cream wafers in her memory. Christmas time is about making memories with the people you love, and I’m so grateful I was able to make so many memories with Lynne and her family.

I loved baking Lynne's Cream Wafers, a buttery and perfectly sweet cookie with a creamy filling, every Christmas with a very special person in my life.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
Lynne's Cream Wafers
 
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I loved baking Lynne's Cream Wafers, a buttery and perfectly sweet cookie with a creamy filling, every Christmas with a very special person in my life.
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: original recipe from Betty Crocker
Yields: 5-6 dozen sandwiches
Ingredients
Wafer cookies:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • Confectioner's sugar for rolling
  • Granulated sugar for coating
Filling:
  • 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract (can use vanilla, lemon, or almond extract instead if desired)
  • Food color, if desired
Instructions
  1. In bowl of stand mixer with paddle attached, beat butter until creamy smooth. Add heavy cream and mix on medium speed until smooth. Add flour and mix on low speed until incorporated, then flash on medium speed for five seconds to mix. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate about 1 hour or until firm.
  2. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Roll some of the dough to 1/8 inch thick on lightly powdered sugar surface (keep remaining dough refrigerated until ready to roll). Cut into desired shapes small cookie cutters (I used 1 1/2 inch tree shapes). Cut as many cookies as you can out of the first roll, then squeeze the dough together to roll and cut again. Your goal is to roll the dough the minimum amount of times. Finish that first chunk of dough before moving on to the next. Fill small bowl with granulated sugar and coat both sides of each cutout with sugar and then transfer to baking sheet (I found that a silicone covered metal baking sheet worked best). Prick each cutout with fork about 4 times.
  3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or just until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Meanwhile, use a stand mixer with the whisk attached to cream butter for filling. Add powdered sugar and extract and mix on medium speed until smooth. It will be thick. Spread a thin layer (about 1/2 teaspoon) filling between bottoms of pairs of cookies.
  5. Store in airtight container.
I loved baking Lynne's Cream Wafers, a buttery and perfectly sweet cookie with a creamy filling, every Christmas with a very special person in my life.

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

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Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

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Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base.

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base.

Today marks day 8 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series. I have been a very naughty girl. As in, I have eaten way beyond my fair share of holiday treats. Whatever did you think I meant by naughty?

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Today, I’m sharing with you a cookie that is perfect for Christmas. In my opinion, it doesn’t get any more Christmasy than a cookie that has both chocolate and peppermint. My candy cane cookies are always a hit this time of year, as are my peppermint marshmallows. I honestly can’t get enough peppermint in December, but come January its all about smoothies and getting a fresh start. I say load up while the gettin’ is good!

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base.

This recipe may seem a bit complicated, and it certainly does take a bit longer to make than your basic chocolate chip cookies, but its not that tricky at all. What I did was make a double batch of my sugar cookie dough, divide it in half, and then add some extra vanilla (because you can never have too much vanilla) and chocolate (and butter to keep it from seizing up) to one half and some peppermint extract, and egg yolk, and crushed up candy canes to the other half.

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base.

The time consuming part of this recipe is chilling the dough, rolling it, then chilling it again. If you’re making a crapload of different cookies like I do, the chilling part just means that you can mix up or cook some other recipes while this dough is chilling in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base.

You’ll notice the chocolate dough is rather firm and the peppermint dough is wet and sticky. Its all part of the fun. Just ensure that you roll it out big enough so that the chocolate dough is completely on the outside, otherwise the cookies are likely to get quite interesting during the cooking process.

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base.

Because this recipe makes so many, I had quite a few leftovers after filling up all of my cookie tins and the kids have been loving being able to take a couple in their school lunch every day. If you pack up a bunch of holiday cookies like I do, be sure to separate and seal off any of the peppermint ones. I toured Celestial Seasons a long while back, and they keep their peppermint tea in a completely sealed room. Wanna know why? Because if it were stored with the other teas, all of them would taste like peppermint. Yeah… you need to do the same thing with your cookies!

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base.

This recipe uses pure vanilla extract. Did you know you can make your own homemade vanilla extract? It makes the perfect gift too. Watch how in the video below.
Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheel Cookies
 
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Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base.
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: recipe adapted from Alton Brown's
Yields: 4-5 dozen
Ingredients
dough:
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 cubes) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup + 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
chocolate portion:
  • 3 ounces semi sweet or dark chocolate
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
peppermint portion:
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies (5-6 candy canes)
  • confectioners sugar for rolling
Instructions
  1. Portion the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Portion the wet ingredients (egg, vanilla and milk) in another bowl, set aside.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in your mixer on a medium speed. Add the wet ingredients to the butter mixture in three stages. Mix until fully incorporated for each stage. When the last of the wet is incorporated, turn the mixer off.
  4. Add the dry ingredients all at once. Mix on speed 1 just until the dough starts coming together. Give it a 5 second flash on a medium-high speed, to insure the mixture is homogeneous.
  5. Divide the dough in half.
  6. Melt chocolate and butter at 50% power in microwave in 1 minute increments and stir to ensure its fully melted. Allow to cool a bit, then mix the chocolate and vanilla in with half of the dough with hands. Form a square and wrap chocolate dough in plastic wrap.
  7. Add egg yolk, peppermint extract, and crushed candy canes to the other half of the dough and mix with hands. Form a square and wrap peppermint dough (this will be much sticker) in plastic wrap.
  8. Chill both doughs for 2 hours to overnight.
  9. Roll out chocolate dough on confectioners sugared surface to a long rectangle shape, approximately 1/4-inch thick. Place peppermint dough on top of chocolate and spread using fingers to completely and evenly cover the chocolate dough. Press together around the edges. Using hands, roll dough into log, working your way from one end and then back again until completely rolled. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  10. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  11. Remove dough from the refrigerator and cut into 1/2-inch slices. Place cookies 1 inch apart on greased, parchment lined, or silicone baking mat lined baking sheet and bake for 12 to 13 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through cooking time. Continue to chill remaining dough until ready to cut and bake. Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2 minutes, then move to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container and/or freeze.
Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies are a fun and festive holiday treat that combine the sweet flavors of chocolate and peppermint with a sugar cookie base
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Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles

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Rich and delicious Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles take very little time to make and are the perfect peppermint holiday treat that you can give!

Rich and delicious Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles take very little time to make and are the perfect peppermint holiday treat that you can give!

Hello! Welcome to Day 1 of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats series!!!  I started this series last year which just so happened to be my first year of blogging. My promise to you is to deliver 12 straight days of holiday treats. What does that mean for you? Oodles and oodles of naughty yet oh-so-delicious recipe ideas for you to make this month. What does that mean for me? All of my holiday baking is done during the month of November so I can deliver such awesomeness to you in time for you to make it! That’s a win-win situation because I’m totally done with my holiday baking.

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

This year’s series is starting with these awesome chocolate truffles. Making ganache is really quite easy if you do it right.

Rich and delicious Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles take very little time to make and are the perfect peppermint holiday treat that you can give!

You can use my recipe below to spread the ganache in a thin layer on a cake when its still warm and pourable, or you can let it firm up a bit to make my monster cookies, or you can let it get really firm in the refrigerator so you can make rolled truffles.

Rich and delicious Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles take very little time to make and are the perfect peppermint holiday treat that you can give!

I decided to roll these in crushed candy canes because a) it was easy and b) it doesn’t get much more Christmas-y than peppermint candy canes, amIright?

Rich and delicious Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles take very little time to make and are the perfect peppermint holiday treat that you can give!

I loved how the big pieces stuck to the truffle first and then the small peppermint candy cane dust stuck to the ones at the end. It made for some great variety. Word to the wise – if you’re planning on making these ahead of time, don’t roll the truffles until you’re ready to serve. I rolled mine in the candy canes and then stuck the extras in a container in the frig. The candy canes then proceeded to “sweat” and got all wet and sticky. Yeah… don’t do that.

Rich and delicious Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles take very little time to make and are the perfect peppermint holiday treat that you can give!

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Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles
 
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Rich and delicious Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles take very little time to make and are the perfect peppermint holiday treat that you can give!
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Recipe type: dessert
Yields: 2 dozen truffles
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used 60% Ghirardhelli)
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4-6 candy canes, crushed
Instructions
  1. Place coarsely chopped chocolate in a medium sized heat safe bowl and set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat bring the heavy cream to a boil. You just want to get it to the point of a boil and then remove it from the heat as soon as it does.
  3. Pour the scalded heavy cream over the chocolate and let stand for 2-3 minutes undisturbed until chocolate has softened.
  4. Slowly whisk the mixture until smooth and add the room temperature butter. Whisk until butter is melted and incorporated.
  5. Allow ganache to thicken and chill in refrigerator at least 4 hours.
  6. Form 1" balls by rolling in between palms. Add crushed candy canes to a small dish. When you roll the truffle, the outside will be soft from the heat of your hands. As soon as you're done rolling, add truffle to dish with candy canes and shake around until its fully covered. Remove and allow to set on a piece of parchment. Serve immediately.
  7. If making for future use, store ganache in refrigerator and do not roll and coat with peppermint until ready to eat.

Rich and delicious Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles take very little time to make and are the perfect peppermint holiday treat that you can give!
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30 Peppermint Recipes

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Nothing says the holidays are here quite like the flavor of peppermint and, to satisfy your minty cravings, I’ve rounded up 30 fantastic Peppermint Recipes including cookies, cakes & pies, fudge, drinks, and other treats.
30 Peppermint Recipes | Self Proclaimed FoodieHead on over to the next page to check out some delicious peppermint cookies!

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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies are a festive and delicious holiday treat that are always a favorite at Christmas time.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Hello and welcome to Day 10 of 12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

If you’re new to my blog, welcome!  If you’ve visited before, you’ll know that I’m not only a food snob, but I can be a little OCD about food at times. Do these have to be exact? No. Do I get completely freaked out about proportions and perfectly striped and shaped candy canes? Yes?  Should I? No. Am I able to overcome my weirdness and let my kids attempt to unsuccessfully roll one of these bad boys into a candy cane shape?  Yes, but I have to look away and reassure myself that they all can’t be perfect.  Sheesh, I’m so weird.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I hate how freakish I am when I make my candy cane cookies. When I divide the dough, I weigh it to ensure the white and the red are the same size.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I get crazy proud of myself when I can roll them out into a perfect square and then cut a beautifully straight line down the middle.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I’ll give myself a high five when I can twist the cookie, roll it to uniform thickness with perfectly spaced stripes.  Okay, okay, the one below isn’t perfect, but you get the idea.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

And finally, I love to maximize my baking sheet real estate so I alternate direction. Total obsessive compulsive behavior. What can I say? The result is a perfectly crisp, yet perfectly soft, peppermint flavored cookie with just the right amount of sweet.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies | Self Proclaimed Foodie

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

To see all of 2015’s holiday treats, click the links below:

Holiday Recipes | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Easy Candy Cane Chocolate Truffles |  Cherry Almond Thumbprints  | Easy Brown Butter Pecan Fudge

Toasted Macadamia Nut Cookies  |  Salted Vanilla Bean Caramels  |  Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Cookies

Lynne’s Cream Wafers  |  Mini Pecan Pie Bites  |  Eggnog Poundcake

Christmas Tree Corn Flake Treats  |  Devil’s Food Crinkles  |  Chewy Brown Sugar Cookies

 

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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies
 
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Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies are a festive and delicious holiday treat that are always a favorite at Christmas time.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (2 sticks)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 drops red food coloring
  • 1/2 cup decorating sugar (red, white, your choice but large crystals work best)
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on high speed until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes. Scrape the sides, add the granulated sugar and powdered sugar and continue to beat until very light in color and fluffy, another 2-3 minutes. Scrape sides again and add the egg yolks, peppermint extract and vanilla , beat on low speed until well combined.
  3. With the mixer running on low speed, spoon in the flour and salt mixture until all of the dry ingredients have been added and fully combine. Do not over mix.
  4. At this point, remove half of the dough and place on a sheet of plastic wrap. If you're a perfectionist, you should have about 28 ounces total, so you'd want to take out about 14 ounces of the dough. Add food coloring to remaining dough in bowl and mix just until the color has evenly blended in. Add the red dough to a separate piece of plastic wrap.
  5. Shape both dough balls into a square that's about 5-6 inches in length. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours or overnight (or longer if you're making them ahead of time).
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F and prepare two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  7. Roll each dough to a 9x9 inch square, then stack them on one another and roll to seal them together. Cut the dough down the center and refrigerate both halves. After the dough has chilled a bit, after maybe 15 minutes, take out one of the halves and start cutting short strips that are about 1/4 inch thick. Roll each strip to lengthen and slightly twist at the same time. Roll in decorating sugar and then lay out on baking sheet in the shape of a candy cane.
  8. Bake until just slightly brown on the bottoms, 13 to 15 minutes. Rotate your baking sheet half way though if your oven doesn't bake evenly. Remove from oven and allow to cool on sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack. Continue baking process with remaining dough, keeping it cool until ready to bake (otherwise your cookies expand too much).
  9. Store in airtight container and segregate from other cookies as the peppermint flavor will transfer.

Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies are a festive and delicious holiday treat that are always a favorite at Christmas time.
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Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

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These sinful little Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites pack a three layer decadent approach to pure holiday bliss!

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Hello! Welcome to Day 7 of

12 Days of Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Behold the best damn holiday treat ever! Okay, okay, you got me. I say that a lot about many of the treats I’m sharing, but this one is definitely in my top three, right alongside my five minute fudge and everyone’s favorite Granny’s monkey bread.  I knew I wanted to make some kind of brownie with peppermint for a holiday treat, but I wanted it to be extraordinary. Then it hit me… I needed to make a multi layer treat that was so outrageously rich and delicious that a bite sized piece would do the trick.

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve created a visual top view of the procedure. You’ll have to tell me at which point as you scroll through the photos that you start salivating uncontrollably.  First, start with a base of a rich, heavy, cake like brownie with a hint of peppermint mixed in.

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Then, add a layer of thick peppermint butter frosting that tastes like the inside of a peppermint patty.

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Spread that goodness over your brownies.

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Then add a layer of glistening dark chocolate.

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Top it off with some crushed peppermint candies while that chocolate is still wet and smash them in for good measure.

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

This photo below is out of sequential order but I couldn’t interrupt my top view flow of the process, yet my foodie-in-training daughter’s cute little hand pouring that velvety smooth chocolate was just too perfect to not share.

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

And this is what the final product looks like. Now, I’ve never been ashamed to admit that I can pretty much destroy an entire pan of brownies if the craving is strong enough, but any more than a couple pieces of these triple threat brownie bites would send me into a diabetic coma, and my pancreas is in full working order.

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Just cut these bad boys up into bite sized pieces and enjoy! It’ll soon become one of your favorite holiday treats!!!

Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites | Self Proclaimed Foodie

To see all of 2014’s holiday treats, click the links below:

2014 Holiday Treats | Self Proclaimed Foodie

Five Minute Fudge | Holiday Sugar Cookies | Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Pie | Hazelnut Lemon Curd Thumbprints | Homemade Peppermint Marshmallows

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies | Easy Petite Palmiers | Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites

Toasted Coconut Cookies | Walnut Spiced Rum Balls | Mexican Chocolate Truffles

 

5.0 from 1 reviews
PEPPERMINT BROWNIES
 
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These sinful little Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites pack a three layer decadent approach to pure holiday bliss!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Yields: 50 pieces
Ingredients
Brownie Layer:
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
Frosting layer:
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
Chocolate layer:
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup peppermint candies, crushed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.*
To make the brownies:
  1. Chop chocolate into small chunks to enable even melting. Melt dark chocolate and butter on stove over very low heat or on 50% power in microwave. Heat, stir, check and stop heating just when chocolate is melted. Set aside.
  2. In separate bowl, sift together baking powder, salt, flour, and cocoa powder.
  3. Beat two eggs in stand mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually add in ¾ cup sugar and continue beating until mixture thickens. On low speed, incorporate the dry ingredients. Fold in the melted chocolate butter mixture until well combined. Stir in vanilla and peppermint extract.
  4. Spread brownie mixture into bottom of prepared baking dish. It will be very thick.
  5. Cook in preheated oven 25-30 minutes or until knife or toothpick comes out clean. Allow brownies to remain in baking dish 10 minutes before removing.
To make the frosting:
  1. Cream butter on high speed in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Gradually add the powdered sugar and continue to mix until fully incorporated. Stir in the peppermint extract. Remove brownies from pan and spread frosting in an even layer.
To make the chocolate layer, melt dark chocolate and butter over low heat until fully mixed, stirring often. As soon as everything has melted, remove from heat. Allow to cool to a lukewarm temperature, then spread in an even layer over the frosted brownies.
  1. Crush the peppermint candies in the food processor or with a rolling pin over a bag. Add the candies to the chocolate layer before it dries. Cut with a very sharp knife and store in an air tight container. These bites freeze well too.
Notes
*I like to use the foil lined parchment.

 

These sinful little Triple Threat Peppermint Brownie Bites pack a three layer decadent approach to pure holiday bliss!
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