The cold winters in NYC keep me home bound which I turn into an opportunity to bake 🙂 I wanted to thank some coworkers for their help, so I decided to bake some cookies. I’ve been on a peppermint kick, and with Valentine’s day coming up I wanted to make something with chocolate… so I came up with this. Next time I bake them, I may throw in some mint chips, and add some chocolate pudding mix to make them extra soft. I might also experiment with orange extract in lieu of the peppermint. Enjoy!
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 9 min
Total time: 45 min
Servings: About 80 small cookies
- 2 cups all-purpose flour (256g)
- 3/4 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp peppermint extract (use vanilla if you prefer to skip the mint)
- 2 cups chocolate cups
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare dry ingredients. In a medium bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
- In a mixer beat together the softened butter with the sugars until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating until smooth after each addition and scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in peppermint extract. On a low speed beat in the flour mixture a little at a time. Gently mix in chocolate chips.
- On an ungreased cookie sheet, drop teaspoons of the batter about 2 inches apart. I use a small cookie scoop to keep the cookies a uniform size. Bake until just cracked on top, about 9 minutes,. Cool completely.
- Make sure the butter is softened so that it blends easily, this is really important.
- Don’t take shortcuts, with cookies, always sift the dry ingredients first and set aside. You’ll blend the butter and sugars, and then slowly add in the eggs and other wet ingredients such as any extract of flavoring.
- I use scoops to keep the cookies a uniform size and even baking
- My favorite cookie sheets available at Amazon (AirBake Cookie Sheets)
- I use parchment baking sheet paper to speed up the process, also available at Amazon (Parchment Paper Sheets)
- A great thing to have in your kitchen if you plan on baking multiple batches is a cooling rack, it folds for easy storage (Linden Sweden Cooling Rack)