Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I made a tasty new cookie adaptation based on a chocolate chip cookie recipe and just two additional special touches to make a tasty Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookie.

I just use the Nestle’ Tollhouse (toullehowse if you are Phoebe) Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. I used Chocolate Chunks instead of chips, they are larger and perfect for this recipe. If you prefer Chocolate Chips, that is fine also.

Begin to make your Chocolate chip cookies as usual, cream your butter and sugars together, and when you add the vanilla this is where the first extra ingredient comes in.

  • 2 tiny teeny tiny drops of peppermint extract. THIS IS IMPORTANT. no more!! pour into a 1/8 teaspoon or something to make sure you don’t over do it. this stuff is STRONG. a drop on your finger will perk you up. I happened to be at the end of my bottle of extract.

You will be amazed at how that small amount will add a delicate but perfectly pepperminted flavor. Subtlety is key here.

Finish making your cookies and add your chocolate chunks or chips. Now comes the fun part!

  • You will need a dish towel, a strong ziploc gallon sized bag, and a hammer. And peppermint candies, candy canes or mini candy canes. I used mini candy canes. I left them wrapped and dumped about 30 of the 60 that came in a box into the ziploc.  Wrap the towel around the bag and go somewhere to gently pound the peppermint candies to a powder and tiny bits.
  • I unwrapped each little packet, many which were already open after the hammer session and poured them into the bowl of dough and then washed my hands because they were sticky.

Stir/fold everything into the dough to make sure it’s evenly distributed, spoon onto your cookie sheet, bake as usual and wait for them to cool before pulling off the cookie sheet, as they crumble and fall apart. They will be pretty from the peppermint :)

And so delicious your plate will look like this at the end of your party!

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