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Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

What would Mrs. Claus’ favorite cookie be? Since all women love chocolate, I’d like to think these rich chocolaty cookies would be one of her favorites during the holidays. I can imagine her baking up a batch of these and enjoying them along with a big mug of hot chocolate with Santa by the fire.  This cookie is filled with chocolate chips and soft peppermint candies that I chopped in the food processor before adding to the cookie dough. The cookie is a buttery chocolate cookie that’s crisp on the outside, and soft on the inside. This would be a great cookie to give during the holidays. My husband is taking the rest of these cookies I made to the nursing home where he works tomorrow for the nurses and residents who don’t have diet restrictions.  (I’ll also make a batch of diabetic friendly cookies next week.) The holidays can be depressing for some of the elderly, especially those living in nursing homes and assisted living facilities if their family doesn’t visit very often. I hope these bring them a little holiday cheer and they enjoy them as much as we did.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup butter, 2 sticks, softened
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups white sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup cocoa powder
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped soft peppermint candies

    Method

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add softened butter, shortening and sugar to stand mixer. Cream until light in color. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix well. Sift together cocoa, flour, salt, baking soda. Add flour mixture to stand mixer and mix on low, scraping down sides until well combined. Add vanilla and mix well. Add chopped mints and chocolate chips, mix just to get them incorporated.

    2. Drop cookie dough by the tablespoon on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Cook 10 – 12 minutes. Cookies will be soft. Let cool.

    Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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