Sunday, December 11, 2005

Chocolate & Peppermint Cookie Coins

I saw these in the December 6 issue of Woman's Day magazine. They looked so cool and I decided I wanted to try to make them. They were simple to make and tasted great. The chocolate had a little too much cocoa for my taste, but I loved the peppermint ones. I thought they had just the right kick to them. They left your mouth refreshed. I might make the cookies again as regular sized cookies with out the nonpareils though. As you can see I didn't have any green or red nonpareils and neither did our local store. Hope you like them as much as I did.

Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Coins

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 Cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 1/2 Cups flour
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 Cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 Tsp peppermint extract
Liquid green food coloring
4 oz red and green nonpareils or coarse sugar crystals

1. Beat butter, baking soda, salt, sugar and eggs in a large bowl with mixer on medium speed until creamy. On low speed, beat in 2 Cups flour until just blended.

2. Remove 1 1/2 cups dough to a medium bowl, stir in vanilla and cocoa until no white streaks remain. Stir peppermint extract and remaining 1/2 cup flour into dough in large bowl. Add about 10 drops green food color. Beat until no white streaks remain. Cover doughs; refrigerate 30 minutes or until firm.

3. Roll chocolate dough into a fat log. Divide in quarters. Working with 1 portion dough at a time (wrap and refrigerate rest), roll into a 3/4" thick rope. Spread red nonpareils on a sheet of wax paper. Roll rope into nonpareils to coat: wrap rope in foil. Repeat with remaining chocolate dough, then the green dough in the green nonpareils. Place ropes on a baking sheet: refrigerate at least 2 hours or till firm enough to slice neatly.

4. Heat oven to 350. Have baking sheets ready.

5. Slice 1 rope at a time into 1/4" rounds. Place 1" apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8-10 minutes until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Source: Woman's Day December 6, 2005 issue


kickpleat said...

those look so pretty, i'm definitely going to make those.

Michele said...

My 5 year old is really into chocolate and mint, will have to give these a try!

kenju said...

They look wonderful. How am I suposed to exercise any self-control with recipes like this floating around?

Michele sent me.

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Oh! you have such a beautiful collection of yummy cookies! I love them all! :) Happy Holidays from Panama!

T said...

these are cute! i love the green ones- so festive :-)

kickpleat said...

you know, i had these cookies again yesterday (i had some in the freezer & they kept really well) and i liked them much better! maybe i just like half-frozen cookies, but they were a nice afternoon treat!