Chocolate peppermint slice-and-bake cookies
Make the dough in advance, and simply slice and bake when you're ready.
Baking homemade holiday cookies can seem like a bit of an overwhelming kitchen commitment to some, and that’s what I love about this recipe. Make the dough when you’ve got an extra 15 minutes or so, stash it in the fridge for up to a week, and when you’ve got extra time and are ready for fresh baked holiday cookies, they’re ready for you to slice and bake!
These cookies have all the best holiday flavors – chocolate, peppermint, and nutmeg – all rolled into one bite of deliciousness. Although I seriously doubt anyone can limit these cookies to just one bite.
- 1 1/4 cup butter or Earth Balance, room temperature
- 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 egg white
- 2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
- 1 box peppermint candy canes*, peeled and crushed (approx. 1 cup)
- 3 1/2 ounce dark chocolate bar, chopped
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla for several minutes until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides in the middle.
In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, nutmeg and sea salt.
Add flour to butter mixture, and blend on low just until incorporated. Add egg white and beat. Add crushed peppermint candy and chopped chocolate and mix.
Lay out three pieces parchment paper. Lay a third of the cookie dough on the edge of a piece of paper, roll up tightly and shape into a log. Repeat for remaining dough. At this point you can refrigerate or freeze your cookie logs, or proceed with baking.
To bake, slice logs into 1/4-inch slices and place on parchment paper. Bake 10-12 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely. If freezing logs, allow to defrost and soften slightly before slicing and baking.
*Crushing candy canes is a great job for a kid, or for an adult who needs stress release. I cracked the curved part of the cane, and then peeled off the wrappers going both ways. Dropped the unpeeled candy canes into a large ziploc, and then laid it on a towel and went at it with my meat mallet (smooth side). This will make a bit of a mess, as the candy breaks through the bag and makes some holes. You’ll want to transfer the crushed candy to a clean plate, bag or cup until ready to use. As I crushed the canes, I noticed some missed pieces of plastic that got away - keep your eyes peeled for that, you don’t want to bake plastic into your cookies.
And why go to all this trouble when you can buy crushed candy cane on Amazon? Because it’s a fortune – and I have no idea why. You’ll pay roughly 10 times the price for pre-crushed. And then you’ll have nothing with which to relieve your stress. This is a win-win, trust me.