DIY Holiday Gift Series- Peppermint Chocolate Wafers

posted on: Thursday, December 2, 2010

We made these cookies at 4:00pm right before dinner (why before dinner? good question!) and ate them one by one. Then at 8:00pm while baby Maria was drinking her bottle and cuddling with pink polka dot blankie that smells like... (never mind)...and Enzo and Christian were doing a reading lesson and I was watching Glee AND putting away clothes, the doorbell rang. A nice couple from our church came by to drop off a plate of snickerdoodles. We, as in the whole family including tiered baby, went down stairs and ate cookies. Again.

'Tis the Season for cookies.
Don't hate it.
Embrace it.

You'll make cookies and you'll receive cookies. Lots of cookies. By the end you'll probably be sick of them but it won't stop you from eating them.

So, I say make them now.  Don't wait till right before the Christmas break to give some cookies to your kids' teacher. Do it now while Holiday cookies are still a little bit of a novelty. In three weeks they'll be overrated. Oh, and these are super easy to make and they're also super sweet, so really a couple cookies go a  long way.

Peppermint Chocolate Wafers - Yields 20
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of baking soda
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 3 ounces white chocolate chips
  • 4 candy canes
  1. Combine the flour, unsweetened cocoa, sugar, and baking soda in a mixer
  2. Add the butter and milk and mix thoroughly. Expect a thick consistency.
  3. Knead the dough a couple times on a floured surface.
  4. Form the dough into a log and refrigerate for an hour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350*
  6. Cut the log of dough into 20 slices and place them an inch apart on a lined or greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 7 minutes. Watch closely because they're small and they burn easily.
  8. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  9. Melt the white chocolate in a small bowl. Microwave for 10 seconds and stir, then 10 more seconds and stir until it is completely smooth and melted.
  10. Place the candy canes in a small plastic baggie and crush them using the back of a metal spoon.
  11. Place the crushed candy cane in a bowl.
  12. Spread the white chocolate over the wafers and sprinkle with crushed candy cane.

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