Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

These are by far the most festive holiday cookies I've ever made. They even surpass all of those menorah and Christmas tree-shaped sugar cookies I lovingly glazed in blue/white and red/green icing as a kid - these taste like CHRISTMAS. Although I only started celebrating Christmas 7 years ago (when The Mr. and I tied the knot) and grew up celebrating only Hanukkah, there was no shortage of Hanukkah and/or Christmas cookies in the young Jessica household. We may not have had the tree or the stockings, but believe me, we were equal opportunity when it came to food! And the best part about these cookies is how freakishly easy they are. Have you ever tried the peppermint bark in the tin from Trader Joe's? If not, you should -it's divine. Chocolatey and minty and melty but with that crispy crunch from the peppermint bits - THAT tastes like Christmas in a tin! Even the description of the bark sounds delectable: "peppermint infused dark chocolate layered with crushed peppermint candy and white truffle fudge". Uhhhh...yum. Previously I'd considered chopping some of the bark up to put into cookies, but never really got the opportunity, as the bark disappeared too quickly for me to ever really get around to it. So when I saw these peppermint bark baking bits from Trader Joe's I squealed - these were MADE for cookies! Literally! There's a cookie recipe on the back of the bag, and it's effort equivalent of making a bag of Nestle Tollhouse cookies - easy peasy - but with the same payout - unbelievable deliciousness. Effortless. I'm sure these cookies would work perfectly well with plain old chopped peppermint bark from wherever you happen to find it, but if you're looking for the ultimate in easy baking, buy these peppermint bark chips from TJ's! 

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies 

from Trader Joe's

makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 bag Trader Joe's Peppermint Bark Baking Bits

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and both sugars until fully blended (it won't get too fluffy here, but it should be completely smooth and blended). Beat in one egg at a time, followed by the vanilla; beat until blended. 
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating until just blended. Fold in the baking bits. 
  4. Using a little cookie scoop, drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto prepared baking sheet. Bake cookies, one sheet at a time, on middle rack of preheated oven for 12-14 minutes until just set. Let cool on cooling rack. 

Comments

HELP! The recipe calls for 1 tsp Baking POWDER, yet the instructions only mention Baking SODA. Which is correct???

Oops! Sorry about that - thank you for pointing out that mistake. It's baking powder.

I made these cookies this afternoon. I omitted the cocoa powder because I didn't have any on hand when I got ready to make them, but they were still fabulous. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

It's Fantastic to see Christmas Cookies something so far, I love them.
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