Chocolate Mint Pixies

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There are only two things that I find necessary to bake (and/or consume) each holiday season: 1. Mexican wedding cake cookies and 2. some sort of combination of chocolate and peppermint.

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This year, I took one of my mom’s classic recipes for chocolate pixies and added a little peppermint in order to get my fix. I think the only other thing needed to get in full holiday spirit is Bing Crosby crooning away on vinyl.

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    Chocolate Mint Pixies

    makes approx. 3 dozen cookies

  • Ingredients

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cup pure cane sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint flavor
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Directions

  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a small saucepan over low heat, or in a double boiler, melt together chocolate and 3 tablespoons butter. Set aside and cool to room temperature.

    In a medium bowl, mix together flours, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

    In a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix in peppermint flavoring and cooled chocolate mixture. On low speed, add half of flour mixture. Slowly pour in milk. Finish with remaining flour mixture. Place in refrigerator to chill for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. If you don’t have time for the chilling step, the cookies will spread and be flatter.

    Pour powdered sugar into a small bowl. Remove batter from refrigerator. Using a cookie scoop or spoon, portion and roll dough into 1-1/2 inch diameter balls. Roll dough balls in powdered sugar to coat. Place on cookie sheets and bake for 12-14 minutes. Cookies should still look a little moist in the center so that they retain their softness. Place cookies on a rack to cool.

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33 Comments

  1. Posted December 19, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Love the addition of mint to one of my favorite cookies this time of year!

  2. Posted December 20, 2010 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I don’t know which to try first, these or the pumpkin with maple bars!! Thanks for sharing more amazing recipes.

  3. Posted December 20, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    What is better than chocolate and peppermint? Chocolate and peppermint cookies! Have a great holiday!

  4. Posted December 21, 2010 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    delicious! i didn’t like the mint-chocolate combination until i moved to the us, now i love it! and those chocolate crinkles, as i know them, are fantastic! perfect xmas cookie

  5. Posted December 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Making them right now! The dough tastes amazing! One thing I would note is that you probably don’t need to preheat the oven until the dough is about 10 minutes away from the end of the chilling process (unless you skip that). Can’t wait to taste them!

  6. Posted December 31, 2010 at 7:43 am | Permalink

    gorgeous pictures, mara! happy new yr!

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    All I can say is YUMMMM…
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