Something about Christmas brings out the desire for peppermint in me. So, when we were hanging out with my family - and of course baking - the week before Christmas, these delightful little cookies seemed very fitting.
Something else that filled my desire for peppermint last week - Starbuck's Peppermint Hot Chocolate. Yuuuum. I highly recommend it.
These cookies have a soft, chewy outside (just the way I like it) and a York Peppermint Patty on the inside that is gooey and falls apart when warm but hardens nicely as they cool.
This picture was taken right after they came out of the oven.
Yield: about 18 cookies
2/3 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
18 York Peppermint Patties
Powdered sugar, to decorate
Beat the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl; add egg, milk and vanilla, blending thoroughly. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture, blending well. Stir in chocolate chips. Refrigerate the dough about 1 hour or until firm enough to handle.
Heat the oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease cookie sheet or line with parchment paper. Remove wrappers from peppermint patties.
Roll dough into about 1 inch balls. For each cookie flatten the ball slightly, press the peppermint pattie into the dough. Mold dough around the pattie so that it is completely covered. Place on prepared cookie sheet.
Bake 12 -14 minutes or until cookie is set. Cook slightly; remove from cookie sheet to cool. After about 5 minutes, roll the cookies in powdered sugar.
Source: slightly adapted from Hershey's Kitchen