Friday, December 19, 2008

Peppermint Bonbon Cookies

Darlene at Our Creative Life is hosting a cookie recipe exchange, and I'm also going to hook up with Melissa @ The Inspired Room's holiday linky. This recipe comes from Christmas with Southern Living 2007. I made them last year, and while a little time consuming, they were mmm, mmm, good! Firstborn has requested them again this year, so next week when he's out of school, we'll make them.
(Tip: do not use your Pampered Chef chopper to crush up starlight mints. It will dull the blades. Not the smartest idea I've ever had.)

Yield 2 1/2 dozen
  • 8 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed hard peppermint candies
  • 6 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels
  • Additional coarsely crushed hard peppermint candies, divided
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar (optional)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons milk (optional)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels, melted (optional)


Combine first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan; cook over low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/2 cup crushed peppermint and 6 Tbsp. sugar. Let cool 30 minutes.

Add eggs to melted chocolate, 1 at a time, stirring well. Stir in extracts.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to chocolate mixture, stirring until combined. Stir in chocolate morsels. Cover and chill dough 2 hours or until firm enough to shape.

Shape dough into 1 1/2" balls; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 12 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and cracked on top. Sprinkle coarsely crushed peppermints onto cookies; press candy lightly into cookies. Let cookies cool 5 minutes on baking sheets. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Whisk together powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over cooled cookies, if desired. Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired. Sprinkle cookies again with chopped peppermint, if desired. Let cookies stand until glaze and chocolate are firm.


Melissa Miller said...


They sound really delicious! I love chocolate amd peppermint together. I've always enjoyed SL'S magazines.

Thanks for sharing. :)

Amanda said...

YUM! Im drooling already! what a great receipe! Merry Christmas

gina said...

Those look pretty! And yummmmmmy!!!

Miss(es) Canadian Pie said...

Oh those seem so incredibly good! I am a sucker for peppermint and chocolate. I really want to try these!

Kim Layton said...

Well, they seem like they would taste great and look great! Sounds like a winner! Merry Christmas!

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

Those look amazing! Thanks for participating in my First Christmas Cookie Recipe Exchange!