Saturday, December 1, 2012

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Crackle Cookies

According to Wikipedia candy canes go way back. Way back to 1670. I want to believe it's true because I love traditions that go way back. Especially Christmas traditions. Peppermint bark is a more recent but no less minty custom, combining bits of candy cane with white and dark chocolate. And then along came the newest in this long line of pepperminty Holiday traditions- peppermint bark chocolate crackle cookies. It's  the turduckin of Christmas treats with a fudgy brownie texture and a subtle peppermint bite!

peppermint bark chocolate crackle cookies

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa
1 & 1/2 ounces melted dark chocolate
6 ounces peppermint bark chopped into small bits (about 1 cup)
confectioners' sugar (for sprinkling on top)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Scrap the bowl to make sure everything is mixed well. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa and make sure the salt and baking powder get totally mixed in. Add dry mix to butter mixture and beat on low, scraping the bowl once or twice to make sure everything is incorporated. Add the melted chocolate and beat on low just until everything is comes together. Add peppermint bark and mix to combine.

Scoop cookies out (about a tablespoon each) onto trays lined with parchment paper leaving about 2 inches between each scoop and give them a good healthy shake of confectioners' sugar. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes about 30 cookies. 

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