I’m a seasonally confused person.
I bake pumpkin muffins in August, wear scarves in May, live in my Uggs, and Christmas shop in my flip flops.
To me, flavors (and apparently shoes) know no seasons.
Mint and chocolate are just plain meant to be and I’m not about to wait until Christmas to share these with you.
These sinfully rich and fudgy chocolate cookies are a chocoholics dream. While I continue to insist I am not a huge chocolate fan, anything chocolatey looking like THIS is simply irresistible.
My trusted friends over at Cooks Illustrated have a proven chewy and thick chocolate fudge cookie recipe. The recipe is pretty basic and comparable to a brownie recipe. Melted chocolate, butter, eggs, sugar, and cocoa powder. They add a little baking powder to give the cookies some lift and brown sugar to keep the cookies soft.
I precisely followed the recipe. While it’s not complicated by any means, it does require 4 separate bowls for different ingredients as you are preparing the dough. Completely worth the extra dishes if you ask me.
I added an extra tablespoon of flour to the recipe because the dough was too sticky to handle. I also added a handful of semi-sweet chocolate chips and crushed York Peppermint Patties. A last minute, but totally necessary addition.
Rather than mixing the peppermint patties directly into the dough, I pressed pieces on top of the cookies after I rolled them on a cookie sheet.
If the peppermint patties were rolled onto the bottom of the cookie, the peppermint patty goo would inevitably melt first and spread– preventing the cookie dough from baking evenly.
You want the goo to melt on top, not underneath the cookie.
These cookies are like biting into a gooey brownie, soft cookie, and melted peppermint patty all at once. They’re sinfully rich, incredibly dense, and monster-thick. Exactly how I like my cookies.
Break out your Thanksgiving fat pants a little early this year.
York Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies
makes about 2 dozen
- 1 cup + 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used 2 Ghirardelli bars)
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 14 snack size York Peppermint Patties, chopped
Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir. Continue to melt in 30 second increments until fully melted and smooth. Set aside. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
With an electric or stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat the butter until smooth and creamy – about 1 minute. Beat in the sugars, scraping down the sides every 10 seconds or so. The mixture will be granular. Mix in the beaten egg/vanilla until incorporated. Add the chocolate in a steady stream and beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients on slow speed. Fold in the chocolate chips. Do not overmix at any point in this process. Chill dough for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Scoop about 2 Tbsp of dough and roll into a ball. Press a few pieces of peppermint patties on the tops of each cookie ball. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the cookies have just begun to set with the centers still appearing very soft. They will firm up as they cool.
Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
adapted from Cooks Illustrated
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Is this real life??
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