Monday, December 2, 2013

Peppermint Bark Chip Cookies

For Thanksgiving, my mom put a peppermint bark bar at each one of our place settings. In case you have been living under a rock, peppermint bark is white chocolate, dark chocolate, and peppermint pieces... it's a decedent chocolate treat that appears in the stores during the holiday season. I happen to love it. The peppermint bark was a great after-Thanksgiving dinner treat, but it also gave me an idea for a new cookie recipe!

My thought was that by adding white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, and crushed candy cane to a batch of plain (chocolate chip) cookie dough, I could replicate the peppermint bark flavor! And I was right. Like your traditional chocolate chip cookies, these Peppermint Bark Chip Cookies are moist and chewy... but they are also filled with a chocolatey-peppermint goodness. These cookies definitely taste like the holidays!!!

I'm certain that Santa would be happy to have these delicious, chewy, chocolate-pepperminty cookies waiting for him on Christmas Eve!! With a big glass of cold milk, that is...

Peppermint Bark Cookies
based on Nestle Toll House cookie recipe

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup crushed candy cane

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in crushed semi-sweet chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and crushed candy cane.

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

YUMMMMM!!!! These cookies would be great for a holiday party, a gift, or a Christmas cookie exchange...

Happy Holidays!!!


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