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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy

I am super excited to share these Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies with you today. I adore chocolate and peppermint together in drinking form, and now in cookie form. Thanks to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy www.pineappleandcoconut.com

Being a food blogger definitely makes the holidays seem to happen sooner than they happen just as the stores have them up on display.  I get that lots of bloggers want their holiday recipes published way ahead of time for people searching for them that are planning their holiday meals way in advance.  Thanksgiving recipes were made over the last two months and now its all about Christmas recipes. These peppermint hot chocolate cookies are definitely a perfect cookie for Christmas. Or when its cold out. Or on days that end it Y.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy www.pineappleandcoconut.com

When I lived in Colorado and played snowboard bum I was always a fan of apres ski parties and peppermint hot chocolate was always my choice of beverage. Usually with peppermint schnapps and loads of whipped cream. It warmed me up and then some. These are pretty much the cookie version, without the schnapps. I got inspired for these while shopping at Cost Plus World Market when I came across these items:

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy www.pineappleandcoconut.com

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy www.pineappleandcoconut.com

I am a huge fan of Guittard chocolate and the milk chocolate chips are HUGE!!  The Ande’s peppermint chips melt just enough and aren’t rock hard like candy cane pieces so they are perfect in cookies. And the peppermint hot chocolate mix from Silly Cow Farms is amazing. Seriously the best hot chocolate mix I have ever had and I was stoked World Market sells it. (Recipe is at end of this post)

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy www.pineappleandcoconut.com

One of the many many reasons I love working with Cost Plus World Market is because of how much they give back to the community. This year’s Share The Joy Sweepstakes and Campaign is nothing less than amazing; 4 lucky winners will win $5000 for each themselves and $5000 for a charity of their choice. How incredible is that?  The brand ambassadors (me being one of them) are taking part by giving back to members of the community in our own way. I decided to make gift baskets with my cookies and a few other holiday themed items from World Market for the crossing guards at my daughter’s school. I have to say I love that they are there in the mornings because people race through the school zones. I have even seen one of the guards come close to getting hit! SLOW DOWN PEOPLE!!  So to say I appreciate them helping our kids safely across the street is an understatement.

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy www.pineappleandcoconut.com

I purchased all the items for my baskets at World Market and one of the associates wrapped them up in the store. She did an amazing job, way better than I could do. Thing is, I forgot to take a picture of all the items in the basket before they were wrapped up!!  You can see the beautiful snowflake Christmas ornaments hanging on the outside of the baskets. I had a hard time choosing an ornament because World Market has so many amazing ones to choose from!

Share the Joy Gift Basket

These are some of the gift basket items: Gift Basket, Travelers Christmas Mug, World Market Holiday Blend Coffee

Seattle Chocolate bars, World Market Cocoa MixEmbossed Metal Pillar Candle Plate

Twinnings Holiday Teas, Snowbird Napkins, Rustic Red Pillar Candles

Snowflake Ornament ( in store only)

 

 

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Homemade cookies are always a great addition to a gift basket and World Market has so many great items in right now to make amazing gift baskets that anyone would love to receive!  Here is the recipe:

 

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Cookies Makes 4 Dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter ( 8 ounces, 2 sticks)
  • 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ¾ c all purpose flour ( I use Arrowhead Mills Organic)
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 c peppermint hot cocoa mix (Silly Cow Farms brand)
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 2/3 c granulated sugar (I use organic cane sugar)
  • 2/3 c light brown sugar ( I use organic)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 11/4 c Andes peppermint crunch baking chips, plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1 1/4 c Guittard milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 deg f. Prepare baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon bake mats
  • In either a microwaveable bowl or in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water melt ½ c (one stick) of butter with the 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. Stir well until fully melted and mixed. Set aside to cool slightly
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter and sugars on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in the vanilla and mix again. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides. Add in the melted butter mixture and mix until well combined. Add in the flour mixture and mix on low until just combined. Add in the peppermint bits and milk chocolate chips and mix until combined.
  • Using a 1.5 Tbsp sized cookie scoop, scoop out dough and place on cookie sheets about 1 -2” apart. Press down slightly and sprinkle a few peppermint bits on top of each cookie. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until tops look set. Let cool for 2 minutes on the pan and then remove to a wire cooling rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Keep stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.

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    Peppermint Hot Chocolate Cookies #ShareTheJoy www.pineappleandcoconut.com

     

    Thanks again to Cost Plus World Market for sponsoring this post. I am proud to be a brand ambassador for World Market. All opinions are my own and I never work with brands I don’t believe in. And we all know how much I love Cost Plus World Market!!  

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    5 Comments

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    Bhawna
    June 6, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Very nice recipe.

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