It is almost the Christmas day and as we wait all I can think of or want to eat is COOKIES! What a better time of the year to bake cookies other than the holiday season. December…ahh it if was a dessert it would for sure be a huge cookie. I love how cookies are a kick of #TBT in your mind. Cookies are one of my first memories in baking and I have realized it is also one of the best memories a lot of friends have from the Holiday season when they were little. Family baking days are the best always, Pinwheel cookies, Sugar cookies, Oatmeal cookies, Gingerbread Men (or Women!!) cookies. All so cute and all so good.
If you are looking for some Peppermint – Chocolatey combination, this cookie is definitely a good one. It is seriously delicious and fun to make! When using crushed candy canes I always go for the soft candy cane stick type, those chubby sticks that could melt on hot chocolate. Since this recipe doesn’t require adding the peppermint candy after it is baked, it is totally fine to add, I promise you will still have candy cane bits after you sprinkle it on top of the melted chocolate portion. It is soft and so nice when you bite into the cookie 🙂
Sometimes Cookie recipes require chilling, this helps for several reasons. One of them is because it is much easier to handle a chilled cookie dough than a room temperature cookie dough, especially if the dough is on the less dry side. Second, it really helps the cookie maintain its shape once it is in the oven because with heat, the butter will begin to melt and we do not want a flat cookie with these ones!
Another variation for this cookie is to add peppermint extract instead of vanilla extract. I liked keeping this separated on this one, but you can also add chocolate chips to the dough and have that triple chocolate cookie thing going on all the way!!