Shane loves chocolate cookies so when I saw these festive treats I knew I wanted to make them. Shane brought them to work to share and they were very well received by his coworkers. People really seemed to like the peppermint glaze though I did leave some of the cookies unglazed, mostly because I knew Shane would prefer them that way. These were really simple and I think they’re a perfect holiday treat with the flavor combination of chocolate and peppermint.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
from Elly Says Opa

2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

For the glaze:
1 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract
3-4 Tbsp. milk
crushed peppermints (about 12-15) for garnish

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

Cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat until just incorporated. Add vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix for a few more seconds if necessary.

On low speed, beat the flour mixture in a little bit at a time. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop dough on an ungreased cookie sheet, with cookies about 2″ apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until just cracked on top (be sure not to overbake!). Set aside to cool completely.

To make the glaze, stir the sugar, extract and milk together in a bowl until smooth and of good glazing consistency. If you want, you can stir in the crushed peppermints at this point, or you can just glaze each cookie and then top with crushed peppermints before the glaze has set.

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