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