Warm conversation and laughs collide with the sounds of mixing, scraping and measuring. Flour lingers in the air, and red and white candy cane crumble scatters on the counter. Streaks of cookie dough mark the aprons of the bakers as pans slide in and out of the oven, filling the kitchen with a sweet aroma.
Sugar cookie making is in full swing, and it’s hard not to snatch one right from the rack where they’re cooling.
A holiday tradition in many families, we couldn’t pass up the chance to share a classic recipe, with a bit of pizazz added!
The peppermint extract adds a delicate flavor to the cookie, and the white chocolate and candy cane on the outside not only takes it up a notch, but makes them sparkle and shine! We think if Santa had to pick his favorite out of our blog series, this would be it!
White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Sugar Cookies
2 3/4 (390g) cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups (320g) granulated sugar
1 cup (8 oz) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 tsp peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups (15 oz) white chocolate chips
2 1/2 Tbsp (30g) shortening
1/3 cup (60g) peppermint bits or finely crushed candy canes
For the cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and cream of tartar for 20 seconds, set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together sugar and butter until combined. Mix in egg then mix in egg yolk, vanilla and peppermint extract. With mixer set on low speed slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined (dough with will thick, so stop mixer and mix by hand to get flour at bottom if needed).
- Scoop dough out 1 1/2 Tbsp (about 33g) at a time and shape into balls. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone liner, spacing cookies 2-inches apart (chill dough balls that aren’t currently baking in refrigerator on plates). Bake in preheated oven 10 – 11 minutes (cookies should appear slightly under-baked). Remove from oven and allow to rest several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the coating:
- Place chocolate chips and shortening in a medium microwave safe bowl and heat in microwave on 50% power in 20 second intervals, stirring well between intervals until melted and smooth. Dip half of cooled cookies in white chocolate allowing excess to run off (or slide bottom slightly along edge of bowl) then transfer to wax paper and immediately sprinkle with peppermint bits. Allow to set at room temperature or in refrigerator. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Recipe source: Cooking Classy