Monday, December 17, 2012

Peppermint Week: Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Kringles

by Darla

Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Kringles by Bakingdom

I unplugged from the online world, and kept to my close friends and family for three days, and we discussed painful and scary things more than once, in reflection, out of respect, and to honor those who were taken last week.

I felt great sorrow all of Friday, and my boys comforted me. On Saturday, I felt fear and anger, and my boys reassured and calmed me. By Sunday, I felt an astounding awe and respect for the good and the heroes of our world, and my boys reflected on it with me. Most importantly, through it all, I have felt the greatest of gratitude and appreciation for the blessings that fill my heart and my life.

For myself, I have taken from this tragedy a moment, an opportunity, to remind myself of what is good and wonderful about my life, and to hold onto that feeling in times of grief, anger, or fear. I’ve made a promise to myself to remember these feelings when I get upset at another driver, or I am impatient with the kiddo.

I will honor the great loss of innocence this weekend by living joyfully, and peacefully. As Scrooge says, “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” For me, there can be no greater way to remember the heroes and children of Sandy Hook.

And I will bake more yummy cookies. Truly. Starting today. With the yummiest, actually.

It’s that time of year again…

Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch time!

This year, I’ve finally done the irresistible, and put them in a cookie. I really don’t know what I was waiting for. My favorite candy+my favorite cookie=Holyohmyyum-I’m-buying-Target-out-of-their-stock-of-Junior-Mints good.

I put  peppermint extract in my cookies, but I didn’t just want to make a pepperminty chocolate crinkle to remind of my favorite candy; I wanted these to actually be my favorite candy, in cookie form. That, of course, meant only one thing: Junior Mints-stuffed cookies.

And one candy was definitely not going to be enough.

For the peppermint crunch part of the cookie, I crushed several candy canes. Half of the crushed candy went into the cookie dough, the other half went into the sugary coating on the outside of the cookies.

Result? Awesomeness.

Last, but not least, I topped each cookie with one more Junior Mint, because yummy.

Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles by BakingdomI rarely make crinkles, because they’re always one cookie that I can’t stop eating. They are basically the brownie version of cookies, and we all know how I feel about brownies. I can never have just one chocolate crinkle…or three, for that matter. I love them, and I will eat them all. All of them, I say!

And now they have my favorite candy in them, too? Yeah. These’ll be made once a year, just to protect myself from Diabetes. For real.

I’m making them again this year, though, just so we can get fat and happy for Christmas, because it’s the time of year for celebration and love. So bring on the cookies!

Peppermint Crunch Chocolate Crinkles by BakingdomLots and lots of the cookies.

Okay, so now is the part where I tell you how crazy fast and easy they are, and how you can make them (or just eh dough) in advance, so you don’t have to rush around, blah,blah, blah. Do I really have to? I mean they’re cookies. If a cookie isn’t easy, there’s a problem.

So go make these (use plain Junior Mints, if you can’t find the Peppermint Crunch), let your babies eat themselves silly, just this once, and come back Wednesday for another tasty celebration of peppermint. :)

Enjoy!

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Crinkles
Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons crushed candy canes
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons crushed candy canes
2 boxes Junior Mints Peppermint Crunch Candies, or plain Junior Mints Candies

To make the cookies: In a medium bowl, combine cocoa powder, flour, crushed candy canes, baking powder, and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine sugar and oil until well mixed. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well. Stir in the vanilla and peppermint. Add half of the flour mixture and beat until just combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and mix until well combined. Cover bowl and chill dough for at least 2 to 4 hours.

In a small bowl, combine the confectioners’ sugar and crushed candy canes.

Once the cookie dough is chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, press into the center of each ball to create a well. Place one to two pieces of candy in the well and wrap the cookie dough around the candies until they are completely enveloped. Roll and coat each one in the confectioners’ sugar mixture. Place on cooking sheets lined with parchment paper or silpat sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack and top each one with another candy, if desired. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Recipe by Darla

 

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1 Jill @ Sincerely Jill December 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

While the cookies look amazing… I mean, what’s new? Your sentiments on recents events are beautiful; you are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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2 Larissa December 17, 2012 at 10:42 am

Do these freeze and thaw well? Just for a couple weeks, of course, but I don’t want to thaw them and find out they are stale. They sound amazing!

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3 Andrea R December 17, 2012 at 11:56 am

I love Junior Mints! Those look wonderful!

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4 Kendra December 17, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I too love peppermint crunch junior mints!!!! I just discovered them last year, at Target. Have they been around long? I love keeping them in the freezer so they are cold and extra crunchy and chewy. I will definitely have to try these cookies.
I too was horrified to hear of the events on Friday. I have 2 boys in elementary school here in Springfield, Oregon and I know that senseless things happen. Fourteen years ago this city had to experience that with the Thurston High School shootings, only a handful of miles from my house. I was very scared to send my boys to school today.I thought about keeping them home. I reluctantly sent them and I pray that the lord keep them safe.

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5 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers December 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Beautiful thoughts on the tragedy. Something we all need to keep in mind.

As for the cookies, I think my hubs will LURVE them with big squishy hearts.

Me too, because chocolate. mint. The end.

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6 Becca from Cookie Jar Treats December 17, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Oh my, my, my! These look so delicious and pepperminty and fudgy and mmmm. I can’t seem to stop myself from eating unhealthy amounts of cookies this season. It’s not good since I think I’m starting to forma a belly, but I don’t care I want to make these!

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7 Ingrid Urena [photographer @ Penguin Designing] December 18, 2012 at 12:32 am

I think I’m the only one in this house who likes the chocolate-y & minty flavors combined, but I think I can make these eat just one a day.. or not, and just finish the batch by myself…LOL great recipe :)

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8 sue @ cakeballs, cookies and more December 18, 2012 at 6:26 am

I know how you feel, it is just a horrible thing to try to deal with feelings like that. Your cookies look great:)

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9 natalie December 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

These look so amazing, i am in love with anything chocolate-mint!

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10 Apsutter December 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm

I just made these and all I can say is WOW!!! They’re so incredibly tasty and fudgey. They taste just like thin mints but way better. The only drawback is that the dough is THE FUDGIEST I have ever made! So I put the mixing bowl in the freezer which helped a little but I still had to run my hands under super cold water before handling them. They were worth the effort though. Good job as always Darla!

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11 Lior January 5, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I love peppermint! these look just GREAT!!!

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