After the cookies have been refrigerated for at least an hour and up to a couple days, you can begin making them festive! First you will need to lightly flour the surface to roll out the dough. The dough can get pretty sticky so make sure your flour your rolling pin if you are using a wooden one. I really need to invest in a silicon rolling pin…perhaps Santa will bring me one !!!!
- 5 tablespoons Unsalted Butter Melted
- 3/4 cups Sugar
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Large Egg Yolk
- 1 teaspoon Peppermint Extract
- 1 cup All Purpose Flour
- 1/2 cup Dutch Processed Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 4 Large Candy Canes (pounded and crushed)
- 8oz White Chocolate
Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl and pour into a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. Add the sugar, egg and peppermint extract until combined and emulsified.
Sift the all purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt & baking soda in a separate bowl. Whisk together to ensure it is evenly distributed. Cocoa powder can get clumpy so do not skip the sifting.
Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 325º F/ 170º C/ gas mark 3 and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick and cut out round circles using a cookie cutter or a glass. Place on the baking sheet about 1 inch apart and freeze cookies until firm. About 10-15 minutes.
Bake cookies 10-11 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool.
While the cookies are cooling. Melt the white chocolate in a double boiler or as I like to do microwave it , check on it every 30 seconds and stir it ..much easier and quicker than the double boiler .... When the cookies have cooled completely. Dunk half of the cookie into the white chocolate. You may need to use a spatula to push the white chocolate up the cookie to cover half of the cookie, especially when the white chocolate coating gets low. Sprinkle with the crushed candy can and place on parchment paper to cool and dry.
Bake some of these now
Just to try them out of course !!
They would make great gifts too wrapped up in a pretty box
Or popped in a polytene bag and tied up at top with a gorgeous bow or rafia
Here are some gift tags for you to print and use on your cookie or cooking gifts