I finally had time to finish this post my Christmas baking today! I guess the new year is as good a time as any 🙂
I love love love Christmas baking every year…well I love baking all the time, but there is something special about baking at Christmastime specifically.
My family and I grew up baking together every Christmas. My grandparents (Yaya & Papou for all you Greeks out there 🙂 ) would have us over and we would make gingerbread cookies.
Usually Yaya and Papou would make the dough in advance and then when we arrived, we’d start flouring up the tables and roll out the dough. I’m pretty sure my cousins and I became walking puffs of flour!
After rolling out the dough we’d spend hours and I mean HOURS cutting out shapes, baking and frosting on repeat. It’s easily my favorite Christmas tradition which we still do even though all of us are adults now.
We’ll hopefully be continuing the tradition this year, but for now, I’m making my own cookies, starting with the amazing Chocolate peppermint cookies.
Chocolate and Peppermint is a classic winter combo and I have to say, I’m not always a fan. It has to be the right amount of peppermint and luckily for me, these cookies allow you to “customize” the ratio of peppermint to chocolate.
And by “customize” I only mean changing how much of the bag of peppermint chips you use 😛
Here’s the recipe:
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
1 cup Butter, melted
2 tablespoons (4 packets) instant coffee
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cream the butter and sugar together for 2 minutes. then add the vanilla extract and the egg.
In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. I typically use a whisk, but a fork will work too!
Then slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet until combined. A nice chocolate-y dough will form 🙂
Add the peppermint and chocolate chips with a spatula and then roll dough into 1-2 inch balls (or bigger if you like bigger cookies!).
Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes and enjoy!!
I also made Chocolate Espresso Cookies, Cheesecake Cookies, Peanut Butter Cookies and Peanut butter chocolate chip cookies…So many cookies and they were all so so so delicious ( I could be biased…but I also really love cookies). I’ll post the recipes soon!