Happy Holidays! I hope you’re all having a wonderful season filled with family, friends, and of course, delicious food.
Having this week off of school is awesome. I’ve been really exhausted the last few weeks, and this is the perfect chance to relax and recharge before I have to go crazy studying for midterms.
Obviously, it’s a great opportunity to catch up on some much needed baking too!
For me, the holiday season isn’t the same unless there’s snow. While there hasn’t been too much snow around here, there were some light flurries last night! I decided to keep the spirit of snow going by making these particular cookies, which are dusted with confectioners sugar – the baking equivalent of snow. Plus, watching them go from covered in white to crackled perfection is very satisfying and totally worth getting your hands covered in powdered sugar 🙂
Another of my holiday musts is pretty much anything including chocolate and peppermint. Everything from the Peppermint Mochas at Starbucks to mint brownies smothered in melted peppermint bark is in full demand at my house during the month of December. There’s just something about warm chocolate combined with cool mint that I especially love during December.
Then again, who would say no to these cookies, even when it isn’t freezing cold outside?
Chocolate Peppermint Crackle Cookies
Adapted from Epicurious.com
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract
3 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar
In a bowl, stir together the flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Use your hands to blend in the butter. With a whisk, stir in the egg, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract until the mixture is blended. Freeze the dough for 10 minutes, or until firm.
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking tray with a Silpat sheet, parchment paper, or spray with non-stick spray.
Add the confectioners sugar to a small bowl. Roll out little balls of dough using the tablespoon measure, then roll each ball in the confectioners sugar and set on the tray. Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until they have just set.
Enjoy, and happy holidays!