I love the seasonal drinks at Starbucks. I am a sucker for the red cups... I admit it. Does that make me basic?
I don't really care... : )
Anyway, one of my favorite drinks is the Peppermint Mocha. I love basic hot chocolate but there is something so refreshing about the cool flavor of peppermint and the rich espresso being mixed in. It really does taste like Christmas in a cup.
I decided to try and make a Peppermint Mocha cookie and I'm really pleased with how they turned around. Now, a small disclaimer: I am not a baker. I have never made up a cookie recipe, so please bear with me as I know these aren't perfect. They won't be winning any beauty contests either. But they taste good, and I think we can all agree that's the most important part of a cookie!
Peppermint Mocha Cookies
Makes 2 dozen cookies
- 1 12 oz. bag semi-sweet chocolate mini morsels, divided in half
- 15-20 peppermints, unwrapped
- 8 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 2/3 cups sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
Heat the butter and half the bag of mini morsels in a double boiler. I don't actually have a double boiler so I heated a larger sauce pan of water and then put a smaller pot in it with the butter and chocolate chips. Heat slowly (don't actually boil the water). Stir frequently and remove from the heat when everything is melted and smooth.
Allow this mixture to cool to room temperature.
Here comes the fun part! Put the unwrapped peppermints in a ziplock bag and get to smashing. You can break them up into big pieces or into a fine powder. It's really up to you!
In a medium mixing bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder & instant coffee together.
In a small mixing bowl, beat eggs with vanilla and sugar well. About 1 minute. Combine the egg mixture with the flour mixture and stir well with a spatula. Mix in the remaining chocolate chips and the mini marshmallows.
Spoon onto a baking sheet using a Tablespoon to scoop out the batter.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the peppermint pieces on top before they have time to cool so the peppermint will melt a little on top of the cookies.
Like I said, these cookies aren't the prettiest but they really are so delicious. I hope you enjoy them!
Nutritional Information: 145 Calories/8.5g Fat/18.3g Carbohydrates/1g Protein/0.5g Fiber and 8 Smart Points™