How can it be Christmas weekend already? I don’t know but I’m not complaining. Christmas is like, my favorite time of year. In an ideal world, Christmastime involves 0 work, a pretty snowfall, lots (and lots!) of lights on/in houses, peppermint mochas, and family. This year, Christmas time involves some work, no snow (but cold temperatures – why!), a lit-up Chicago, family, and Peppermint Mocha Cookies. Peppermint Mocha Cookies because peppermint mochas are too expensive ($5 for a medium? Get out).
But this is not a post about how ridiculously expensive Peppermint Mochas about. Rather, it’s about all of the warm and fuzzy feelings that Christmastime brings. And, you know, Peppermint Mocha Cookies. Because they’re delicious and you can make about a zillion of them for the price of its liquid counterpart at Starbucks.
As we get older, our Christmas traditions start to change. I mean, that’s to be expected right? But when we’re creating our own traditions, we incorporate the ones from our childhood.
I remember every year on Black Friday, my sisters, dad, stepmom (Lynn) & I would spend hours putting up the Christmas decorations. My dad took over the outside decorations while the rest of us would take care of the inside lights. And this continued throughout college until one by one, we started to move out. And (almost) every year, my mom gets my sisters and I our own fancy-looking ornament. Now that I live on my own with Matt, we do the same: Black Friday is spent putting up the tree (with the ornaments from my mom!) and decorating whatever we can get our hands on.
And now for semi-new traditions? Peppermint mocha cookies?
Let’s see… if you’re looking for me, you can probably find me in the kitchen. And if I’m not in the kitchen? I’m probably in bed. I volunteered to cook Christmas Eve dinner this year – everything but the meat – and I am slightly freaking out. I’ve never cooked for more than 5 people before so, this should be fun! But on the menu we’ve got: bruschetta with ricotta + a balsamic on toasted crostini, a shaved brussels sprout salad, rosemary + thyme roasted carrots, garlic + lemon green beans, macaroni + cheese, garlic mashed potatoes, regular mashed potatoes, and an assortment of cookies including PEPPERMINT MOCHA COOKIES.
Peppermint mochas are my favorite caffeinated drink and cookies are my favorite dessert so I wanted to combine my two loves into one giant mouthgasm. So that’s exaaaactly what I did. And luckily for me (and you!), it turned out amazing. Chewy, minty, chocolatey. OH. MY. GOD. Yes. Just, yes. They’re a thing and I am so here for it. And you should be, too.
I suggest you make these for your next holiday event: Christmas dinner, Chrismukkah, the work party you’re dreading, New Years Eve, or keep them to yourself for your next Netflix binge. I know I am NOT sharing all of the cookies I baked. NO WAY. I worked way too hard to just give them all up like that!
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed (I use dark brown)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 cups chopped peppermint bark (be sure to save some for garnish!)
- Preheat oven to 350F and line several baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a stand mixer (or large bowl using hand mixer/mixing by hand), mix sugars and butter until creamy. Add eggs one by one until just mixed. Splash in vanilla and peppermint extract and give a quick mix.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt and corn starch. Gradually add these dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
- Fold 1 - 1 1/2 cups of peppermint bark into the mixture (do this by hand! don't question it)
- Drop rounded cookie dough balls onto your lined baking sheet and bake approximately 7 minutes (but keep an eye on them). Take the cookies out, sprinkle with peppermint bark and let cookies finish on the baking sheet (about 2-3 minutes).
If you don't have peppermint bark, that's okay! Use white chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candies