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Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles

These crinkle cookies chocolate and peppermint are perfect for Christmas or other holidays!  If you enjoy crinkle cookies, chocolate and peppermint are the perfect combination!

Welcome to the last day of Cookie Week, hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Susan of The Girl In the Little Red Kitchen

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #cookieweek When I was a kid, my very first job was at a malt shop.  It was super glamorous, taking orders, making change, and mixing milkshakes.

Occasionally, I would mix up one of those shakes for myself.  Usually, it was a peppermint shake.

What is it about peppermint that holds such fascination with me?  I can’t even describe it.  Later, when I was in college, a college which was known for it’s agricultural program and dairy products, I would wait every year with baited breath for November, when the peppermint ice cream would suddenly appear in the school dairy.

I still have a weakness for that particular brand of peppermint ice cream, and I haven’t eaten it in years.

Also?  Hot fudge.  Peppermint ice cream just begs for hot fudge.

Okay, I’ll confess.  These cookies are not really much like peppermint ice cream with hot fudge, but they are a really lovely combination of chocolate and peppermint.

(See related post:  Chocolate Crinkles)

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #cookieweek

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If there is a drawback to this cookie, it is that you have to chill the dough.  It needs a good 4 hours or so before it’s ready to bake, and for the impatient among us (read: ME) that can be tough.

Did you ever notice how many cookies on this site require dough chilling?  Not very many.  See?  Impatient.

 

Supplies I used for this recipe:

Baking sheet
Silicone baking mat
Kitchen Aid mixer
Measuring cups & spoons
A cookie scoop
Plastic wrap
A bowl for rolling in powdered sugar

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies.com for #cookieweek As cookie week draws to a close, let’s check out what fun cookies my friends have made for this final day!

 

Want more?  Try these chocolate and peppermint treats!

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite Cookiesslow-cooker-hot-chocolatepeppermint bark featured

 

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles
 
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A chocolate peppermint cookie rolled in powdered sugar.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • about ¾ cup powdered sugar, for rolling
Instructions
  1. Roughly chop the chocolate. Place in a microwave safe dish, and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted.
  2. Place oil, melted chocolate, and sugar in mixing bowl, and mix well. Add eggs, vanilla, and peppermint, and mix well.
  3. Add salt, baking powder, and flour, and mix just until combined.
  4. Wrap dough tightly in plastic and chill for 4 hours or more.
  5. Place powdered sugar in a bowl. Scoop 1-inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place on a baking sheet, and bake at 350F for 9-12 minutes. Let sit on the baking sheet for 1-2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

 

Peppermint Bark Brownies

Peppermint chocolate candy brownies recipe;  These brownies use peppermint bark candy to take them to the next level!  You love this peppermint chocolate candy brownies recipe!

Peppermint Bark Brownies from Jen's Favorite CookiesI like flavors being seasonal, for the most party.  I like to save lemons for spring and summer, pumpkin for fall, and gingerbread for winter. But… there is an exception, and that is peppermint.

Why should peppermint be just for winter?  Why is Peppermint Bark only sold in December?  It’s a tragedy, if you ask me.  You can get peppermint gum anytime, why not peppermint baked goods?

I stocked up on the peppermint bark when I found it at the store during the after-Christmas clearance sale.  Maybe some people are tired of it by January, but not me.  Not even close.

Peppermint and I have some things in common, namely, that we are both close personal friends with chocolate.  Very close.  In fact, I think it’s fair to say, we both love chocolate.  And we’re both tired of cherries and strawberries monopolizing the Valentines Day dessert scene.  It’s time peppermint had it’s day.

Peppermint Bark Brownies from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I tweaked my basic One-Bowl Brownie recipe just a little, to keep these from being too gooey.

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Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies;  These cute thumbprints are peppermint cookies with chocolate filling.

Peppermint Cream Cheese ThumbprintsIt’s day two of cookie week, and so far, my kids are thrilled that there are so many cookies in the house.

I’m thrilled to be able to finally freeze a few for the upcoming holiday season.  Having frozen cookies is one of my favorite things.

You know what else I love?  Listening to my kids make music.  Even when it’s terrible, I still love it.  The Lizard just loves learning chords and playing songs he’s heard on the radio.  He has practiced this kind of playing a lot and is getting pretty decent at it.  The other kids are nowhere as skilled (or as practiced) as he is, so when they want to re-create popular radio songs, they ask him to play while they sing.

As I’m writing this, The Hippie Chick is singing “Stay the Night” by Zed, while The Lizard works feverishly to figure out chords for her.  Both of them sound quite good… separately.  But the Hippie Chick’s super soft voice and the Lizard’s super loud playing make it tough for them to hear one another, and consequently they are not quite together.

As the only piano teacher they have ever known, I have faith that someday this will be a total work of art.  And even if it’s not, I still love it.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite Cookies

I love peppermint too.  I’ve wanted to make these cute peppermint cookies for some time now.  Do you remember when I told you how much I luuuuuurvve peppermint ice cream with hot fudge?  Mmmmm.

I bet these would be fantastic with a cup of dark chocolate cocoa, too.  I love the peppermint hot chocolate at Starbucks, by the way, speaking of peppermint and chocolate and things I love.

Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite CookiesPeppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints from Jen's Favorite Cookies

Thanks for dropping by cookie week today.  Be sure to come back for more fantastic cookie recipes all week!  And if you haven’t entered the giveaway yet, please do!

Then curl up with some of your favorite things and favorite people and have some peppermint thumbprints.

More great #cookieweek cookies!

 Coconut Macaroons by Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker
Ginger Crinkle Cookies by Love and Confections
Loaded Oatmeal Coconut Cookies by The Cooking Actress
Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Cookies by Beyond Frosting
Stuffed Chocolate Chip Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Cookies by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Sugar Cookie Bars with Vanilla Bean Buttercream by i heart eating
Toffee Almond Snowball Cookies by Cupcakes & Kale Chips

 

More wonderful peppermint treats!

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Peppermint Cream Cheese Thumbprints
 
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A soft peppermint cookie filled with chocolate.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 3 dozen
Ingredients
COOKIE:
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 4-5 drops red food coloring
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
FILLING:
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips
  • 3 T. whipping cream
  • 1 T. butter
Instructions
  1. Cream butter, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. Add egg, extract, and food coloring and mix well.
  2. Add salt, baking powder, and flour and mix until combined.
  3. Shape dough into small balls and place on baking sheet. Tap the end of a wooden spoon handle into the center of the dough balls several times to create a deep well.
  4. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and let cool.
  5. In a saucepan, melt chocolate with cream and butter, stirring until fully melted and smooth. Spoon a small amount of chocolate into the center of each cookie. Let chocolate set (2-3 hours) before storing in an airtight container between layers of wax paper.

 

Chocolate Mint Cookie Bars

Recipe for chocolate mint cookies;  These chocolate cookie bars use chocolate mint candies to give them a great flavor!

Chocolate-MintYou guys?  I have a little weakness for this one.  You know I’m a confessed chocoholic, right?

And what is the best thing to pair with chocolate?  Well, yes, it might be peanut butter.  But besides that… it’s mint.  {You might remember my discussion about my love for peppermint and hot fudge here.}

Glorious, delicious, refreshing mint.

In my “other” life, I am a piano teacher.  And, to encourage kids to think I’m cool to motivate kids to practice, I keep a jar of candy next to the piano.  For some reason, many of them fish past the Tootsie Rolls and go straight for the mint patties.  They’re almost always the first thing to go.

That, and the blue Jolly Ranchers.

It was nothing short of a miracle that I found a handful of mint patties left to bake with.

Sorry, piano students.  They went to a good cause, I promise.

Chocolate Mint Cookie Bars | Jen's Favorite Cookies

I decided to throw together some last minute cookie bars, and I seriously considered a repeat of these fun Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars.  They were memorable, to say the least.

But my chocolate cravings got the best of me, and with the presence of cocoa powder, mint chocolate chips, AND mint patties in my pantry, the decision became a verrry easy one.

A little too easy, maybe.

Chocolate mint cookies

With a bar like this, you really need to let it cool all the way before cutting into it.  Not that I would blame you for scooping it piping hot out of the pan with a spoon and throwing it on top of a scoop of mint ice cream.  It’s probably what I would have done, had I any mint ice cream in my house at all.

Fortunately for me, I was able to find a good excuse to leave the house directly after pulling them out of the oven.  My kids know there is no eating before photographing, but it doesn’t stop them from circling like vultures.

Or devouring like vultures.

Or squawking like vultures.

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Popcorn Bark
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Fudge
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Frosted Cookies

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Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Krispie treats plus popcorn, plus peppermint marshmallows, plus chocolate.  This recipe for chocolate peppermint popcorn krispie treat bark is no-bake, fast, easy, and tasty!

krispie treatsHaving blogging friends is the best.  They’re super friendly and helpful, and I have learned a mega-ton from my blogging friends.

One of the single most useful things I have done is join a Facebook group for food bloggers.  We talk about pretty much everything food-blogging-related.  I’ve made friends in this group, discovered amazing blogs with even more amazing recipes, and learned lots of technical stuff.  There’s no self-promotion allowed, so the discussions are always on topic.

I always know that if I’m up against a wall, I can go to this group for help.  If they don’t know the answer, they can usually help me figure out where else to look.

Since it is the first anniversary of this particular awesome-sauce facebook group, we’re celebrating with shoutouts.  Well, and food, of course.  So, this is the part where I give a big fat shoutout to Jessica at Oh Cake for organizing and administrating this group.  It’s probably one of the coolest things she has ever done.

Since I’m addicted to the Food Bloggers Network, and I’m addicted to popcorn, this recipe was a natural leap.  And I’m not joking about the popcorn part.  We literally eat popcorn at least twice a week.  It probably the largest source of fiber in my family’s diet.

TMI?  Maybe.

chocolate peppermint

I did learn something interesting making this treat, something I totally should have seen coming but totally didn’t.  Did you know that dry popcorn is really staticky?  I was worried that whole popcorn might be too chunky for this treat, so I decided to give it a rough chop with a knife.

Then tiny pieces of dry popcorn went everywhere and stuck to everything.  I couldn’t even scoop them into the garbage can, because they stuck to the cutting board, the knife, and my hand.

Perhaps, if the humidity level inside my house was higher than 2-and-a-half percent, the result would have been different.

In retrospect, I’m not sure the rough chop step was actually necessary, I’ll just leave that decision up to you.

krispie treats

At the risk of tooting my own horn even more than usual, let me tell you that this might be my most brilliant concoction ever.  I seriously could not stop eating it.  It was at least as bad as the Cream Cheese Mints I made a couple weeks ago.  The popcorn actually gave the treats a little bit of a marshmallow-like texture, which I know sounds weird, considering there are actual marshmallows in it, too.

I’ll be surprised if this lasts more than a day at your house.  It lasted only about half a day at mine!

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Peppermint Bark

chocolateI don’t even listen to the radio that much.  And yet, I know all the words to basically all five of the songs they play over and over.  Check me out.

“Under my umber-ella-ella-ella-ay-ay-ay”
“We-eee are never, ever, ever, getting back together.”
“I got the moves like Jagger, I got the moves like Jagger…

I GOT THE MOO-OOO-OOO-OOO-OOO-OOO-VES LIKE JAGGER!!”

That was me, singing loudly while driving, for the express purpose of embarrassing all the carpool kids.  It’s so much fun, messing with teenagers.

Listening to teens have conversations, on the other hand, not nearly as fun.

For instance, one day, they were complaining about the horrors of having your sibling in the very same class as you.  Which conversation led to this song:  “We-eee are never, ever, ever, having class together!” Continue reading “Peppermint Bark” »

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Easiest fudge recipe ever! This fudge with condensed milk is very easy to make, and seasonal with peppermint chips.

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - made with condensed milk, this is the easiest fudge you'll ever have!There’s this old house in the town where I live, that used to belong to my great-great grandparents.  My mom has memories of this very tiny old house being filled with close to a hundred family members.

Now, it’s a museum.  It used to house the family dairy business, and now it houses old typewriters and pictures of the winning church basketball team from 1981.

In my head, these hundred cramped family members were treated to a spread of foods, cakes, cookies, and candies.  But when I asked my mom what desserts she remembered, she replied, “Fudge.  Just fudge.  And divinity.”  Apparently, the cookies and cakes only existed in my head.

I’ve never really been a pro at fudge.  There are so many different versions, and so many different preferences about this popular candy.  My mom prefers hers a little stiff, and always with walnuts.  Always.  It was the same with brownies.  “Don’t make it without walnuts,” she instructed us.  “Just don’t.”

Robb’s family makes a less sweet version, what has come to be known as “dirt fudge” in the annals of family history.  This is because when Robb’s sister gave family fudge to a friend as a “secret Santa” gift, her friend, not realizing who it was from, commented, “This fudge tastes like dirt.”

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - made with condensed milk, this is the easiest fudge you'll ever have!

Since I’m sort of new at this whole fudge making thing, I figured I would start small and make the easiest fudge I could find.  Which turned out to be the Bittersweet Cinnamon Fudge by Giada de Laurentiis.  This stuff is so easy, she literally gives you the entire recipe and process during a commercial.

Just my speed.

What’s not my speed? Washing my pan while the fudge was cooking, because someone left it in the fridge with one tiny piece of meatloaf in it, rather than put the leftovers in a baggie or in their mouth, and putting the pan in the sink like a normal person.  I can complain, because for once, it wasn’t me.

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - made with condensed milk, this is the easiest fudge you'll ever have!

Easy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from JensFavoriteCookies.com - made with condensed milk, this is the easiest fudge you'll ever have!

One nice thing about fudge is that if you have a hundred family members to greet during the holidays, you can cut the fudge into little pieces, put it in a box, and it makes a nice gift.  You can even make your own box out of scrapbook paper or cardstock and make it super-duper cute.

gift tagBy the way, Giada was right that this can be made during a commercial break.  It really is that easy!

Grab your Free Printable Gift Tags here.  They’re going to look adorable with your scrapbook paper boxes!

 

 

Here are a few other quick and easy holiday favorites!

condensed milk cookiesCondensed Milk Cookies chocolatePeppermint Bark chocolate cream pie ballsAlmond Balls

 

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups (1 pkg) bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup peppermint baking chips or crushed peppermint candies
Instructions
  1. Place milk in a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water (to create a double boiler). Add chocolate chips. Heat and stir until chocolate is completely melted.
  2. Remove from heat, add vanilla and ½ cup peppermint chips. Stir to incorporate.
  3. Pour into an 8x8 pan lined with greased foil. Press remaining peppermint chips on the top of the fudge.
  4. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Use foil to remove fudge from the pan. Cut into squares.

Peppermint Meringues

meringue cookiesI’m tired.  I’ve heard tales of people who regularly experience life on only 5 hours of sleep or less, but let me tell you, I am not one of those.

Another fun fact about me: I can be kind of unpleasant to be around when I’m tired.  Or so I hear.

I dragged my tired butt out of bed, fighting the inevitable massive headache that would be coming soon, and announced my plans for the day.  “I’m making cookies.”  There’s nothing like sweets to brighten a crummy day, right?  I had been dreaming of these orange cream meringues, and I really wanted a peppermint version.

The first thing I did was clean up the kitchen a bit, and pulled out a fresh dishtowel.  When I opened the drawer of kitchen linens, I found a hand towel.  Apparently my children will never understand the difference between a towel that is meant for the kitchen and one that is meant for the bathroom.  This reminded me of the last time I did laundry, and found green shirts in the red load, and white socks in the black load.  Which memory did not help my mood.

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Peppermint Meltaways

A recipe for a simple, dense mint cookie.

Source: Square Bakery, though I admit to a small change or two.

Yield: 2-3 dozen

I’m a sucker for mint.  Peppermint, spearmint, any kind of mint, I’ll take it.  I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while, and the day finally came.  Hooray!  I was a little nervous, because the last time I made meltaways, I actually threw them in the trash.  They were horrendous.   I want so badly for them to be good, though, that I thought it was worth a second look.

This recipe from Jen at Square Bakery looked promising.  The comments showed a little confusion about some aspects of the recipe, and really helped me decide how to make it.  I still don’t think this is my favorite cookie of all time, but it is definitely worthy of eating and sharing.  I’ll share a couple items to consider when you are making it.

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Peppermint Joe-Joe’s

A recipe for a crumbly chocolate cookie sandwiched with peppermint filling.

Source: Craving Chronicles, one of my favorite recipe sources.

Yield: About one dozen completed sandwiches.

I am a sucker for peppermint.  When we were first married, my husband and I lived on campus at a University known for it’s agriculture program.  They have an amazing creamery, and I ate lunch there as often as I could afford it.  My favorite flavor of their amazing ice cream is, you guessed it, peppermint.  The downside is that you can only get it around Christmas.  The further downside is that I no longer live in that city, and a two hour drive for ice cream seems excessive.  Right? 

These days, when I need a peppermint fix, I go to a local restaurant that has a very tasty, huge, and messy ice cream sundae.  I always get peppermint ice cream with hot fudge.  It is heaven, and I mean that most sincerely.  Eating peppermint and chocolate together is practically a spiritual experience.  

I used Pinterest as the new Google, and searched for Christmas cookie recipes.  There were an amazingly huge number of them, in the thousands.  And, because it is Pinterest, all of them are so pretty!  This chocolate-and-peppermint concoction caught my eye immediately, obviously!  It is the first in this year’s series of fun Christmas cookies, and it is no surprise at all that it came from Craving Chronicles.  

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Chocolate Peppermint Pinwheels

Sugar cookie dough infused with chocolate and peppermint and swirled into a lovely pinwheel.

Source: Alton Brown, on the Food Network Site.

Yield: about 20 giant cookies

Perhaps the only flavor combination to come close to the amazing wonder of chocolate and peanut butter together is chocolate and peppermint.  For years I have been telling people that my favorite ice cream is peppermint… smothered in hot fudge.  (Unfortunately, good peppermint ice cream is not easy to come by.  I personally prefer the variety made at the Utah State University creamery, which is, even more unfortunately, only available seasonally.)   When I found this recipe, I was very excited to try it.  It has all my favorite things in it.

You may have noticed that my batch did not turn out exactly professional looking.  In fact, they are downright ugly.  My husband advised me to make a new batch before posting, but I disagreed.  I will, however, explain why mine turned out so weird-looking so you can avoid this mistake.

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