Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies! These chewy, chocolate brownie cookies are studded with pieces of peppermint bark. They're the ultimate holiday treat! Best enjoyed next to a roaring fire with hot cocoa.

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Bake time: 10 to 12 minutes per batch
  • Yield: Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • About 1 cup peppermint bark pieces, homemade or store-bought, broken into little chip size pieces

Method

1 Prepare for baking: Preheat the oven to 350°F.Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder in a bowl and set aside.

2 Make the cookie dough: Beat the butter and sugars together for about 2 minutes with an electric mixer at medium speed, until completely mixed and light in color.

Add the egg and the vanilla extract until well mixed, about a minute. Be sure to scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl halfway through.

With the mixer on medium speed, add the sifted flour mixture to the bowl slowly. Stop once all of the flour is incorporated (do not over-mix).

3 Fold in the peppermint bark chips using a stiff spatula.

4 Scoop out the dough: Take small spoonfuls of the dough and roll between your hands to make 1-inch sized balls. Arrange on the baking sheet, spaced a few inches apart.

5 Bake the cookies:  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on the pan for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.