cookies from Christine, Rachel and JoVonn
After flipping through the December issue of Food Network magazine and seeing a recipe for these white chocolate peppermint drops, I knew I had to make them! They looked so pretty, sounded like they would taste great and seemed easy enough to make.
I followed the recipe
- 6 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 teaspoons heavy cream
- 2 to 3 drops peppermint extract
- 2 candy canes, roughly crushed
2. Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the melted white chocolate until smooth, then beat in the egg and vanilla. Reduce the mixer speed to low; add the flour mixture in 2 batches and beat until combined. Beat in half of the remaining chopped white chocolate.
3. Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and arrange about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies, switching the position of the pans halfway through, until the edges are slightly golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool 3 minutes on the baking sheets, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
4. Make the glaze: Microwave the remaining chopped white chocolate (you can use the same bowl as before) in 30-second intervals, stirring, until melted; stir in the heavy cream, and peppermint extract to taste. Dip the tops of the cookies in the glaze and return to the rack. Sprinkle with the crushed candy cane and let set, about 1 hour.
The recipe can also be found here.
These cookies did indeed end up being delicious and so easy to bake (and you get to let out some aggression crushing candy canes).
Last year I loved having fun with the cookie packaging so I decided to do something similar. (Read about last year's swap here.) This year I went with a - guess what - candy cane theme since they are crushed on top! This year's packaging:
I am so happy I had this chance to meet new bloggers who live all across the US and am looking forward to keeping up with their adventures in the future. Check them out using the links above and also make these cookies when you have time over the holidays. They really were awesome!