Thursday, December 23, 2010

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Drop Cookies

These Chocolate Drop Cookies look so cute and low maintenance so I thought they'd contrast nicely with the rather refined Jam Thumbprint cookies. Though perfectly adequate as they were, I thought they'd be more celebratory of the season with the addition of peppermint to make them like a peppermint hot chocolate. While I myself do not enjoy peppermint and am still haunted by vivid memories of gagging my way through every toothbrushing, this was the perfect opportunity to make them because I gave them all away.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Drop Cookies (adapted from Ashleigh)

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp peppermint extract
6 oz melted bittersweet or semisweet chocolate (of course the only things I had on hand was 4 oz milk chocolate and 2 oz dark chocolate)
1/3 cup milk

one. Sift and whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

two. Cream together butter, sugar, egg, peppermint extract. Fold in melted chocolate.

three. Alternately mix the dry ingredients and milk into the wet ingredients, ending with milk. Dough will look like a delicious chocolate mousse, if you're into that kind of thing.

four. Drop 1 tsp of dough and bake at a preheated 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Centers should still look soft and edges are just set.

(Photo by Ashleigh, via Mara - again, mine weren't so pretty)

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