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Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

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Do you notice anything different about Two Peas and Their Pod? We decided it was time to graduate from Blogger and move to WordPress. I am not good at making decisions and have been going back and forth about switching for awhile now…I finally got the guts to go for it and I am SO glad I did. I hope you like our new look and find our site easier to use. I am still working on the recipe index and a few other things, so stay tuned.

Over the weekend I did a lot of holiday baking. First up, I made Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies. I made chocolate cookie dough and rolled the dough balls in crushed candy canes. When they were done baking the cookies sparkled with red and white. The edges are crisp but the centers are soft and chewy. The peppermint pieces melt throughout the dough and add a nice, festive kick.

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These are the perfect holiday cookie! They are chocolaty with a fun peppermint twist.  Add them to your holiday baking list today.

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I will be back with more holiday recipes this week-I have some good ones so don’t be a stranger:) And let us know what you think about our new site! Now get baking-you don’t want to miss out on these tasty cookies!

Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Cook Time: 10-12 minutes

Ingredients:

2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup canola oil
4 ounces 99% unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
5 candy canes-crushed up

Directions:

1. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the oil, chocolate and granulated sugar and blend on medium speed. With the mixer running, add the eggs, one at a time, followed by the vanilla, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. There may be some small clumps of sugar in the batter at this point. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed, stopping once to scrape down the sides. Mix until just incorporated, 2 to 3 minutes. The dough will be sticky.

3. Gather the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight.

4. Position the racks in the lower and upper thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.

5. Pour the crushed candy canes onto a plate or into a shallow bowl. Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and roll each ball into the candy cane pieces, so that all sides are covered. Place 2 inches apart on the prepared sheets.

6. Bake for 10 minutes for soft, chewy cookies, or 12 minutes for crisp cookies, rotating the pans halfway through baking. The cookies do set up, so if you want them soft, take them out at 10 minutes. Let cool completely on cooling racks. The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.

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101 Responses to “Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies”

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    Katie @ goodLife {eats} — December 7, 2009 @ 6:51 am

    It looks great! You will love having the recipe index. I use mine all the time. Love the cookies. Peppermint and chocolate are my favorite. :)

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    Cait (Cait's Plate) — December 7, 2009 @ 7:12 am

    Wow! It looks awesome!! (Both the site and the cookies!!) :D

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is — December 7, 2009 @ 7:16 am

    I love the new look, and the cookies loko phenomenal! So festive. :)

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    Chris — December 7, 2009 @ 7:19 am

    Looking fabulous!!!! Just like its authors…;) Was great seeing you this weekend. Cookies look(ed) wonderful. Can’t wait to come visit you again soon.

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    Amy J in SC — December 7, 2009 @ 7:22 am

    Yeah!!! Looks great! The cookies look yummy too – almost as good as your new site.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — December 7, 2009 @ 7:27 am

    The site looks wonderful… and so do these cookies! I can’t get enough of chocolate and peppermint during the holidays, so I know I will love these!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — December 7, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    Everything looks great! Glad you took the plunge :) WP offers some basic tutorials for really cheap if you want to become a little more familiar w/ it. It’s not easy to manage. I’m always contacting my designers for help! Cookies look good too :)

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    Paula - bell'alimento — December 7, 2009 @ 7:36 am

    Looks great Maria! So pretty! I think you’re going to love WordPress. I know I do ; )

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    ashley — December 7, 2009 @ 7:39 am

    yum! these look delish! love the design!

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    Tiffany — December 7, 2009 @ 8:13 am

    Maria… your cookies were yummy! I snuck one into the movie and ate it in the theater! Merry Christmas!

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    Barabara Bakes — December 7, 2009 @ 8:14 am

    They are pretty cookie for the holidays. I loved how chewy they were too! Thanks for helping to arrange the brunch on Saturday. I had a wonderful time!

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    Elle — December 7, 2009 @ 8:40 am

    Oh my gosh, congrats! I LOVE the new site! It’s gorgeous. And the cookies are, too! :)

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    Dragon — December 7, 2009 @ 8:42 am

    Great looking site and amazing looking cookies!

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    Laura — December 7, 2009 @ 8:44 am

    Love the look of the new site. I am waiting on my designer to get back from maternity leave. I will hopefully get a new look soon. I’m jealous! Love the cookies.

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    Jamie — December 7, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    Yes your new design is great! As are these fab candy cane cookies! Super job!

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    HoneyB — December 7, 2009 @ 8:58 am

    I love them! Your site looks great too! I just upgraded blogger and got my own domain – have someone working on design for me too!

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    CB — December 7, 2009 @ 9:00 am

    Your new blog looks so cheerful and fun. Just like you and Josh :) Love the chocolate and peppermint cookie combo. Definitely will star to try this holiday season!

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    Sarah Caron — December 7, 2009 @ 9:14 am

    I make a similar cookie every year, and it’s my absolute favorite for Christmastime! In fact, I am making a batch today. YUM!

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    Bridgett — December 7, 2009 @ 9:28 am

    Congrats on the new site! Those cookies would instantly be my new favorite.

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    megan — December 7, 2009 @ 9:44 am

    Love the new look! I’m still working on being a .com and dropping the blogspot. Where do I start?
    Cookies look excellant. So festive and a perfect flavor combo!
    Better buckel down the hatches, I hear the snow is coming your way. :)

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    BeckyRos — December 7, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    Great new blog layout and the cookies were the perfect holiday treat!!

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    Cristie — December 7, 2009 @ 9:53 am

    Maria, your cookies were wonderful! I loved the crunch in them. The pictures in your blog are beautiful and I love the new design. Thanks for weaving your magic again at The Wild Grape- your amazing.

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    teresa — December 7, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    your website looks wonderful, congratulations! these cookies look so good, i could eat a hundred!

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    Mary — December 7, 2009 @ 11:12 am

    Your new site looks great. The cookies also look wonderfl.

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    Krista — December 7, 2009 @ 11:35 am

    Your new site looks great! Congratulations and I’m so excited for you! WordPress is pretty easy to use, so you shouldn’t have any problems. My hubs and I have been using it for quite a while, so let us know if you have any questions! And these cookies look amazing! I think I’ll be adding them to my list! Peppermint candy canes are one of my favorite things about this season :)

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    Lesley Lifting Life — December 7, 2009 @ 11:47 am

    I LOVE the new look!! : )

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    Jolie — December 7, 2009 @ 11:49 am

    I don’t think I’ve commented before, but I have to tell you that I LOVE your blog. It has to be my favorite food blog–especially as a fellow cookie lover. :) Love the new look, too.

    I am hosting a cookie exchange on Thursday and I was so excited to see this cookie! Nothing better than chocolate and peppermint.

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    Amy (Sing For Your Supper) — December 7, 2009 @ 3:10 pm

    Beautiful cookies and beautiful site! I will definitely be making these very soon!

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    Candace — December 7, 2009 @ 3:46 pm

    I love the new look! It will be worth all the work, I’m sure! and your cookies are so fun and festive!! It was good to see you on Saturday!

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    Dana — December 7, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

    LOVE the new look! So sleek and professional. Just great. Not as great as those cookies though! I could eat one hundred of those.

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    Cassie Baker — December 7, 2009 @ 3:52 pm

    Oh WOW! Ok first of all, fantastic-looking cookies. And wowowow!! Very cute blog makeover! WordPress looks good on you! ;)

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    Sara — December 7, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

    I love the new look of your blog! These cookies awesome…and I don’t even like the combination of mint and chocolate! :)

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    Luisa — December 7, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

    What size candy canes?

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    Teanna — December 7, 2009 @ 5:19 pm

    Congrats on the redesign! I love it! And I love this recipe! Gorgeous job!

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    Bellini Valli — December 7, 2009 @ 5:21 pm

    Yes I do love the new design, very easy to navigate…plus there are cookies:D

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    Monica h — December 7, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

    These are too pretty for words. I am definitely adding these to my baking this year.

    I tried to comment last night about the new look but there were a few glitches and couldn’t. Either way, i love the new look- it’s so clean and simple.

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    Pure2Raw Twins — December 7, 2009 @ 7:52 pm

    I just saw you tweet and had to come looking, chocolate and peppermint=heaven. Love it!!

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    twopeas — December 7, 2009 @ 8:10 pm

    Luisa-I used 5 large candy canes.

    Thanks everyone for you nice comments about our new look!

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    Pam — December 7, 2009 @ 9:17 pm

    I love the new look and layout. Nicely done. The cookies also look really delicious – my kids would love them.

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    ABowlOfMush — December 8, 2009 @ 6:09 am

    Oh lovely! These are very perfect Christmas cookies, so festive and delicious looking!

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