Sunday, January 9, 2011

Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Sugar Cookies

All you have to do is put these together; no baking from scratch required! Here's what you need:

1 package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 bag chocolate chips
1 package candy canes or hard peppermint candy
1 hammer, mallet, or your fists (or a food processor if you'd like to keep your hands and have less mess)
1 coffee mug wide enough for the cookies
1 bowl for the candy pieces
Parchment paper or waxed paper (optional - it just makes things almost a million times easier)


Preheat oven to 350ยบ.

Cut parchment paper to fit baking sheet and place onto baking sheet. *Parchment paper is oven safe. Waxed paper is NOT oven safe, so skip this step if you are using waxed paper.

Roll out the dough into walnut sized balls and place onto cookie sheet. Gently flatten the cookies with a flat-bottomed cup or other flat surface. Bake for 7 - 11 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow cookies to cool for about a minute, and then place them on a cooling rack so you can bake some more cookies!
While those are baking, place candy pieces into a ziptop bag or food processor, crush into teeny tiny pieces and place in a bowl. Fill the coffee mug about 3/4 of the way full with chocolate chips. Melt in microwave in increments of 30 seconds, stirring between each heating, until smooth. Tear off some more parchment paper or waxed paper for the finished product.

When cookies are completely cool, dip halfway into melted chocolate, and then into crushed peppermint pieces. Lay on parchment or waxed paper and let cool. 

Repeat until you run out of ingredients!

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