These Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles are an easy way to add a fun spin to a traditional recipe. These cookies are chewy and fudgy but they also have a delicious mint flavor. They are the best Christmas cookie for kids to make and eat!
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Well here we are. Thanksgiving has come and gone and we're all a little fatter and happier for it (at least I am!). We spent our Thanksgiving just outside of Nashville with some of our family.
We got to enjoy a week of great food, quality time, tense games of Aggravation (how am I only just discovering this game?!), much lighter and less appropriate games of Cards Against Humanity and enough laughter to fill our happiness cups until they runneth many times over (I know, I have poor English skills but that statement is as accurate as it gets!).
My one regret is that I massively failed at taking photos this trip. Sure, I got a few but not nearly enough and almost none on the actual day of Thanksgiving. Sorry, friends. I'll try to do better at Christmas.
Back to the topic at hand. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can unapologetically dive into Christmas cooking, specifically the all-important baking of the cookies!
I'd be lying if I said that I haven't been thinking about Christmas cookies long before the holiday season began. Like many families, a major favorite and old standby in our Christmas Cookie repertoire is Chocolate Crinkles. So this year, I thought I'd add a fun riff on these by combining another tasty flavor into one lovely little cookie.
Two flavors that I love, love, love together are chocolate and peppermint. I feel like this is a very divisive flavor combo. There are actually people in my life who have been known to call York Peppermint Patties chocolate covered tooth paste (Oh, the shame!!).
I try not to have that have that kind of negativity in my life, so I tune that nonsense out. Give me all the chocolate and peppermint and we'll call it a day.
So combining these two seemed like a natural next step, specifically for a season that has an abundance of candy canes readily available!
This cookie still has the same fantastically chewy texture that we all know and love. It's still dusted in white which gives the festive, snowy feel, just like the traditional Chocolate Crinkles. Although, in these it's not as stark of a contrast with the brown cookie because of the candy canes mixed into the confectioner's sugar.
Never-the-less, this is a fun way to add a little extra something to a kid-friendly family classic. These also freeze well, so don't hesitate to make them now and pop them into the freezer to thaw closer to Christmas (if you manage to keep yourself from eating them right away- I certainly wouldn't blame you if you did!).
Other Christmas Cookies that I love are:
Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles
- ½ cup of oil I used canola oil
- 4 oz. of unsweetened chocolate
- 2 cups of sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp. of peppermint extract
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 tsp. of baking powder
- ½ tsp. of salt
- ½ cup of confectioner's sugar
- ½ cup of candy canes crusted into a powder (I used my meat mallet to pound them to smithereens!)
- Melt your chocolate. You can do this in a double boiler, melt the chocolate over medium heat, stirring frequently (keep an eye on this and go slow because it can seize if the heat is too high!). You can also microwave it for 15 seconds then stir. Then another 15 seconds and then stir again and then in 10 second increments stirring between each until it's fully melted.
- In a bowl, mix oil, chocolate and sugar. Add your eggs and vanilla and mix until it's all well combined.
- Add flour, baking powder and salt to the wet ingredients and mix until they're just combined (don't over mix!).
- Chill for at least a few hours. I chilled it overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your cookie pans by either greasing them or lining with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, mix your confectioner's sugar and the crushed candy canes until well combined.
- Roll teaspoons of dough into small balls and cover in confectioner's sugar mixture. Bake for 10-12 minutes (don't over bake!).
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