Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
These cookies remind me of that delectable part of the brownie that I love so very much. You know… when the edges become crispy and chewy? Like that. I've provided just a touch of peppermint extract to boost that seasonal flavor, while crushed peppermint candy canes add another pop of flavor, plus a beautiful crunch on top. I prefer a more chewy cookie, so I go for the longer baking time, but there is no right or wrong. Heck, the raw batter is scrumptious as is. The point being, you can push and pull this recipe in many ways, so have fun! Most importantly, these are a fantastic holiday cookie that anyone would be happy to sink their teeth into. Even the Grinch.
makes about 24 cookies
¾ cup vegan butter, cold
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon almond extract
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
2 tablespoons ground flax meal
½ cup plant-based milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup dutch processed cocoa powder
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
⅓ cup roughly crushed peppermint sticks
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Combine the vegan butter, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, and sea salt in a mixing bowl. Using a fork or a hand mixer, blend until light and fluffy (if using a fork, this could take a minute). Add the vanilla extract, almond extract, peppermint extract, ground flax meal, and milk. Mix well and set aside.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, coffee powder, and baking soda. Mix well. Add the dry to the wet and mix well until the batter is incorporated.
4. Scoop mounds (about 2 tablespoons in size) onto the baking sheets with a good amount of space in between each cookie (about 1 ½ inches at least). Next, spray the tops of the mounds with cooking spray and using your finger or the back of a spoon, gently press the cookie dough mounds flat, helping to shape them into beautiful cookies. You don't have to press them too much, so please take a chill pill. Sprinkle the tops with desired amounts of mini chocolate chips and pop them in the oven. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how soft/chewy you like your cookies.
5. Once done, remove from oven. IMMEDIATELY, sprinkle the crushed peppermint sticks on top and gently press in any large pieces of candy cane there may be. This will make sure everything sticks. Let cool for a few minutes, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to let set, about 10 minutes.
If using smaller baking sheets, you might have to make more than two batches, as the cookies will spread and you'll need more surface area. Just keep the dough covered in the fridge if this is the case.
For a softer, gooier cookie, go with 10 minutes of baking. For a more crispy on the edges and chewier cookie, go closer to 15 minutes. I prefer 15. ;)
I found these to be delicious hot out of the oven, once completely cooled, and the next day. Each stage offers different characteristics of enjoyment, so try them all ways! Do note that after about 2 days, they will go soft and taste a bit stale.
In regards to the candy canes, I used a hippy-dippy organic brand from the health food store. This means the sugar is not refined (vegan) and the dyes are made from plants (not chemicals). You can, of course, use whatever kind of candy canes you like- I'm just letting you know what I used.