Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
From 101 Cookbooks Nearly a pound of peppermint bark goes into these cookies, not quite, but close. This is a large batch of cookies, I typically bake off half of them, form the rest of the dough into cookie-sized balls, and place them in freezer bag for later use. Purchase good peppermint bark - it's worth it. In the past I admit I've attempted to cut corners (be forewarned)
- 3 1⁄2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2 cups sugar
- 3 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups peppermint bark, roughly chopped
- 1⁄2 cup chocolate chips or 1⁄2 cup chocolate shavings
- Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Position the racks in the middle of the oven, and line baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpats.
- Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
- In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the butter until light and fluffy, then beat in the sugar until it is the consistency of a thick frosting. beat in the eggs one at a time, incorporating each fully before adding the next and scraping down the sides of the bowl a few times. Stir in the vanilla until evenly incorporated. Add the dry ingredients in 3 increments, stirring between each addition. At this point you should have a moist uniform dough. Stir in the peppermint bark and chocolate chips by hand, mixing only until evenly distributed. Reserve a bit of the bark to sprinkle on top of the cookies after you have dropped them onto the baking sheets.
- Drop a heaping tablespoon of dough for each cookie onto the prepared baking sheets 2 inches apart and bake for about 10 - 14 minutes, until golden on bottom and top. Cool on wire racks.