Story by Angel Schiffer at Bittersweet Bakery
Photos by Nicole Queen of @thequeenstudio
This recipe has quite a few steps but trust me they’re oh so worth it and made just a teensy bit easier with my favorite one bowl no-chill time required dough. Plus, it’s the holidays, there’s no better time to be a little bit extra. While peppermint typically lives right on the edge of love or hate for most people – in this recipe it is *always* a hit. The added touch of the fleur de sel at the end cuts the sweetness of both the peppermint and the white chocolate creating a perfectly balanced cookie.
In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment add:
- 1/2 lb butter, unsalted room temp *
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed **
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
Mix on medium-ish high until it lightens in color and becomes super fluffy
Mix in 1 egg and beat until incorporated
With the mixer on low add:
- 2 tsp vanilla extract ***
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp salt
- 3/4 c dutch cocoa powder
Scrape down the sides and add:
- 1 3/4 c flour
Turn off the mixer once everything is just combined and finish by hand.
Scoop out 12-14 dough balls with a cookie scoop and place on a parchment or silpat lined cookie sheet 2” apart. Lightly flatten each cookie. Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.
It’s always best to remove your cookies from
the oven a minute before you think you should as
they’ll continue to bake on the cookie sheet
after you take them out.
While those cool put a muzzle on and prepare your toppings
- Crushed peppermint
- Fleur de sel – yes the fancy stuff. Regular salt will not do
- 1 cup White chocolate, melted
Note: Candy melts are a sin and should not be used here. We’ve done all of this work these cookies, and you, deserve a good quality white chocolate
Dip each cookie in white chocolate and then place on a piece of parchment and immediately sprinkle with crushed peppermint and a pinch of fleur de sel before the chocolate sets. Repeat for the remaining cookies.
Do you want cookies, like, 5 minutes ago but your butter is still rock solid?
While there are plenty of tricks online I don’t have the time or energy
to grate my butter or cut it into tiny little cubes or whatever else and wait.
My favorite lazy girl hack is the defrost feature on my microwave.
DO NOT heat it like normal as that will result in melted butter in some spots which we do not want.
Defrost it! Check it every ten seconds until it’s perfect.
No mess. No waiting. No additional dishes to clean. You’re welcome.
In my opinion dark brown sugar creates a deeper flavor in the cookie – but if all you have is regular brown sugar that will totally work. You can also add peppermint extract here if that’s your vibe. It’s not mine. But you do you.