What is the best thing about this time of year? Decorations? Friends? Snow? Family? Traditions? Holiday episodes of your favorite shows (Chrismukkah, anyone…)? I love them all but my favorite is that I can bake my little heart out. Cookies for gifts, cakes for parties, all are greeted with festive open arms. For the past few years I’ve been trying to perfect a peppermint mocha cookie (see attempts one and two). I think I finally nailed it. This cookie is cake like and packed with the delicious flavors of a peppermint mocha. So here’s my gift to you, a recipe that’s sure to spread holiday cheer. (For when singing loud for all to hear just isn’t working.)
Peppermint Mocha Cookies
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup dark chocolate chips
2. Cream together the butter and brown sugar. (I use a stand mixer with a paddle attachment.) Add eggs one at a time and then mix in vanilla and peppermint extract.
3. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, instant espresso and flour.
5. Scoop tablespoons of batter on to baking sheets and top each with peppermint chips.
6. Bake at 350F for 8-10 minutes. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes before moving to cooling racks or lay out sheets of parchment paper for them to cool on.