Chocolate-Mint Cookies

Adapted from: Still Life with Menu
Preparation time: 20 minutes to prepare, plus 12 to 15 minutes to bake
Yield: 2 1/2 dozen
This is the only recipe in which I've ever used peppermint extract, but these exquisite cookies are well worth the price of several bottles of the stuff!
  • Unwrap the butter and put it directly in the mixing bowl ahead of time, so the butter can soften in the bowl.
  • The cookies freeze beautifully if stored in a heavy zip-style plastic bag.

Nonstick spray for the pan
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon (rounded measure) salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly spray a baking tray with nonstick spray.
  2. Add the sugars to the butter in the bowl and beat at high speed with an electric mixer for about 2 minutes, or until fluffy. Scrape the sides of the bowl a few times with a rubber spatula.
  3. Beat in the egg, extracts, and cocoa.
  4. In a second bowl, sift together the dry flour, baking powder, and salt. Add this to the butter mixture, along with the chocolate chips, and stir by hand until thoroughly blended.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto the prepared baking tray. Bake in the center of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until dry on top and slightly darkened on the bottom. Cool on a rack.
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