Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies
One of my favorite flavor combinations around the holidays is mint chocolate. I think it might have something to do with growing up in a family that's obsessed with it! So when I saw that Target had white chocolate peppermint M&Ms I pretty much had to buy a bag. Boy am I glad I did- they're so good! I devoured about half of the bag in just a few days and the rest I tossed into cookies. Yes, these cookies. I decided to combine the M&Ms with Andes peppermint crunch baking chips to really amp up the mint flavor. Did I mention that the dough has peppermint extract in it too? You may think I'm going completely overboard but I promise that the amount of mint is spot on and far from overwhelming. I tossed the cookies onto a baking sheet, popped them into the oven for 10 minutes and they baked perfectly. Nice and crisp around the edges and soft in the centers. The chocolate melded perfectly with the mint and made for one delicious cookie! 

Chocolate Peppermint M&M Cookies
1 c. all-purpose flour
¼ c. Hershey's natural unsweetened cocoa powder
⅔ c. Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
½ c. sugar
¼ c. brown sugar
8 tbsp. (1 stick) butter, room temperature
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. vanilla
¼ tsp. peppermint extract
1½ c. White Chocolate Peppermint M&Ms
½ c. Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat mat, set aside.
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together butter, sugars, vanilla and peppermint for 2-3 minutes. Add melted chocolate chips, mix until combined. Add egg, then egg yolk, mixing just until combined.
3. In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. With mixing speed on low, add dry ingredients. When no flour pockets remain, turn off and remove bowl from stand. Fold in M&Ms and peppermint baking chips. Scoop onto the prepared baking sheet.
4. Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, cookies should be firm around the edges but soft in the center. Remove and allow to cool on pan for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Life Made Simple Original Recipe | Makes approximately18 cookies


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