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Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Peppermint Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Rich and fudgy cookies with a hint of peppermint and a dusting of powdered sugar.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 dozen
Author Heather H. of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened special dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon espresso powder*
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder. Using your fingers, rub butter into flour mixture until coarse, sand-like crumbs are formed. Stir in chopped chocolate.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together egg, vanilla and peppermint extract. Using a fork, whisk egg mixture into chocolate mixture, mixing until slightly moistened. Using hands, knead dough slightly to incorporate all ingredients and shape dough into a ball. Wrap dough ball in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes, or freeze for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once dough has chilled, use a tablespoon and scoop and shape dough into tablespoon-size balls. Place powdered sugar in a small bowl and roll each ball of dough in powdered sugar to coat. Place powdered sugar covered dough balls on prepared baking sheets 1 to 2-inches apart.
  5. Bake until just set but still slightly soft and undercooked, about 5-8 minutes. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Serve warm.

Recipe Notes

Espresso powder is added for extra chocolate richness but can be omitted from the recipe. 

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Total time does not include 20 minute chill time.