Back of 12 Days of Edible Gifts: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Last Christmas I really wanted to make the cookies that were on the final page of the December issue of Martha Stewart Living. It was a recipe for chocolate peppermint cookies dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies. Unfortunately, I never got around to baking them. Fast forward 11 months, and a package from Williams-Sonoma arrives addressed to YumSugar. Inside is a box of wildly delicious peppermint bark cookies — the exact cookies I had wanted to make. I quickly found the recipe and set out to create the homemade version of the addictive and decadent cookies. Although they take a little time, the effort is worth it, as these cookies are to die for. I served them at a holiday happy hour, but packaged in a pretty tin, they are a wonderful edible gift. Look at the recipe when you . Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies Martha Stewart Living Ingredients1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for surface 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 1/2 ounces (5 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened 3/4 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 large egg yolk 3/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract 8 large candy canes or 30 peppermint candies, crushed 2 pounds white chocolate, coarsely chopped Directions Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed for 1 minute. Reduce speed to medium-low, and add egg, then yolk, beating well after each addition. Beat in peppermint extract. Slowly add flour mixture, and beat until just incorporated. Shape dough into 2 disks, wrap each in plastic, and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days). Roll out 1 disk of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes. Using a 2-inch round cutter, cut out circles, and place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Roll and cut scraps once. Freeze cookies until firm, about 15 minutes. Repeat with remaining disk. Alternately, form dough into tablespoon-sized balls with your hands. Freeze the balls for about 15 minutes, then press flat with a glass. Bake until cookies are dry to the touch, about 12 minutes. Transfer parchment, with cookies, to wire racks, and let cool. (Undecorated cookies will keep, covered, for up to 3 days.) Sift crushed candy, and separate larger pieces from dust, reserving both. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water. Remove from heat. Dunk cookies into melted chocolate. Using a fork, turn to coat, let excess drip off, and gently scrape bottom against edge of bowl. Place on parchment-lined baking sheets, and sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of either candy pieces or dust on top. Repeat, sprinkling half the cookies with pieces and the rest with dust. Refrigerate until set, up to 3 hours. Decorated cookies are best served the same day. Makes about 3 dozen. Information Category Desserts, Cookies View 18 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 Photo 17 Photo 18 Image Source: What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! 0Reactions Comments alcdance 6 years Made these for a Christmas party this weekend.. and though they were time consuming (and only made 2 dozen) they were a HUGE hit! Somebody described them as Christmas in their mouth! hahah BettyA 7 years My daughter made these cookies; these are the best!!!! They are perfect for a cookie exchange too. bangsugar 7 years I made these cookies this week and they turned out great! Even two days later they taste delicious and melt in your mouth. Thanks Party! jelibeann 7 years has anyone made these and not served them the same day? i know it recommends this, but i really want to make them ahead of time for christmas eve/day, although, i guess i could make the cookies ahead and just coat them thursday morning suziryder 7 years Oooh, yum! I saw you covered these in an episode of Yumsugar TV lately, the William-Sonoma brand - or whatever store they came from. I"m glad there's a homemade version! These look so decadent and impressive to give as gifts! Fitness 7 years Those looks so very tasty! I am baking this weekend and just might try my hand at these. Thanks Party!