Saturday, December 4, 2010

Random Recipes-Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

I’ve wanted to make this type of cookie for quite some time as I LOVE anything chocolate mint...but I’ve never known which recipe to try.  We made this recipe this afternoon...actually the kids are still working on themJ....and I LOVE them.  I love the taste & I love how easy they are & that the kids can nearly make them themselves!  All I did was melt the chocolate & scrape off the bottoms for them! 

They will definitely become part of our traditional Christmas time cookies.  I know it seems weird to combine crackers & chocolate...which is why I didn’t try these last year!...but they are AMAZING!

“Thin Mint” Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

1 lb. Milk chocolate “melting chips”
(the recipe I found used dark chocolate, but I prefer milk chocolate)
Note: I didn’t actually meaure my chocolate, I just melted it...added enough peppermint flavor & am going to keep doing crackers till it’s gone.
2 sleeves Ritz crackers
½ tsp. Peppermint extract
Note: You can taste the chocolate & add more peppermint if you like.

IMPORTANT: the extract must be an oil flavor, not a regular peppermint extract

·       *Lay wax paper out on a counter, table or cookie sheet
·       *Melt chocolate at 50% power in the microwave, stirring often
·       *Remove from the microwave when there are still a few lumps & stir to melt the rest
·       *Add peppermint extract & stir well
·       *Dip the crackers, one at a time in the chocolate, coating both sides, using a fork to lift them out

·       *Use another fork to scrape off the excess dripping off the bottom

·       *Set them on wax paper & allow to harden

·       *You can leave the cookies plain or you can put something on top immediately after dipping them (so the chocolate is still soft)...we put a small chunk of candy cane on top of each, but there’s lots you could doJ

I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!!