Chocolate Peppermint Snaps

With my busy schedule full of gymnastics, school, and viola, fitting in time to bake can be a challenge. My teachers like their homework done, and sadly, baking doesn’t make up for that. However, this doesn’t mean that I don’t bake! That’s not even an option! It just means that I bake..er… later than most people would. But cookies at 10:30 at night are still cookies. And all cookies are good no matter the time of day. 🙂

The peppermint flavor really shined through in these cookies. They’re pretty similar to a version of homemade Thin Mints (Clearly the best Girl Scout Cookie) but these are oh-s0-much better. In these cookies, I weighed out the ingredients after consulting the soon-to-be-chef mom, along with reading articles about how different people measure cups of flour. There was almost a 3 ounce difference between them! That’s a lot of flour. If you’re looking for a quick, delicious dessert to whip up, these cookies won’t dissapoint!

Chocolate Peppermint Snaps: From King Arthur’s Flour Cookie Companion

Makes 30 Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter (6 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup (8 ounces) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (7 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract*
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 3/8 ounces) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips (Optional)

*You can also use peppermint oil, 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray or line two cookie trays
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugars. Once combined, add in the egg and vanilla and peppermint extract.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda.
  4. Add in the cocoa powder mixture to the wet ingredients, until fully incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips if using.
  5. Scoop the dough using an ice cream scooper or a tablespoonful, and bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until slightly darker around the edges.

Holy Yum. Trust me, you’ll never want to go back to those things they call “Thin Mints.” 😉

-Rayna 🙂

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