Saturday, December 11, 2010

Peppermint BonBon Cookies..

Peppermint Bonbon Cookies


8 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup finely crushed peppermint candies
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Additional coarsely crushed peppermint candies, divided

Topping (optional):
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons milk
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

Combine first 3 ingredients in a large saucepan; cook over low heat until chocolate melts and mixture is smooth, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, and stir in 1/2 cup crushed peppermint and 6 tablespoons sugar. Let cool 30 minutes.

Add eggs to melted chocolate, 1 at a time, stirring well. Stir in extracts.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to chocolate mixture, stirring until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and chill dough 2 hours or until firm.

Shape dough into 1 1/2" balls; place on parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Bake for 12-13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and cracked on top. Sprinkle coarsely chopped peppermints onto cookies; press candy lightly into cookies. Let cookies cook 5 minutes on baking sheets. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Whisk together powdered sugar and milk; drizzle over cooled cookies, if desired. Drizzle with melted chocolate, if desired, and sprinkle again with chopped peppermint. Let cookies stand until glaze and chocolate are firm.

Yields: about 30 cookies

from the famous  Tidy Mom