Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Thick and chewy Peppermint Mocha Cookies are the ultimate Christmas eve treat! Because who doesn't need an extra caffeine boost, right?!
Thick and chewy Peppermint Mocha Cookies!

Ingredients

For the Peppermint Mocha Cookies:
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons espresso powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening (1 baking stick)
  • 1 and 3/4 cups light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3.5 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, roughly chopped, melted, and slightly cooled
For the White Chocolate Coating:
  • 8 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 4 full-size candy canes, finely chopped

Instructions

For the Peppermint Mocha Cookies:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder, flour, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a handheld electric mixer, combine the shortening and brown sugar and beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Beat in the eggs, peppermint extract, and milk. Reduce the mixer speed to low and gradually beat in the flour, mixing just until combined. Finally, beat in the chocolate until just combined.
  • Scoop level 1/4 cupfuls of the batter onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2-inches between for spreading. The batter will be very sticky, so don't try to handle it with your hands.
  • Bake, one tray at a time,  for 9 to 10 minutes, or until the cookies are set at the edges and slightly puffed. Place the baking pan on a wire rack and allow the cookies to cool completely; about 30 minutes.
For the White Chocolate Coating:
Fill a medium pot one-third full with water and bring it to a low simmer over medium heat. Place a heatproof bowl that will fit on top of the pan snugly, but will not touch the simmering water, on top of the pan. Reduce the heat to low and add the chopped chocolate into the bowl over the pot. Heat until the chocolate is completely melted, stirring occasionally with a silicon spatula. Once the chocolate is completely melted, carefully remove the bowl from the heat and pour it into a liquid measuring cup.
Dip one half of each cookie in the melted chocolate, then place it back on the parchment paper lined baking sheet and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Set aside and allow the chocolate to set, about 1 hour.
Store cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature, for up to 2 days.

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