Trashed Up Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

 

Have you heard about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap?!? I first discovered the cookie swap this time last year and was SO excited to participate this year with over 400 other incredible food bloggers!

Here’s how it works: First, you’re secretly matched up with three other food bloggers from somewhere in the United States. Next, you create a brand NEW cookie recipe and get baking! Then you send each of your matches a dozen delicious cookies all wrapped up in pretty boxes… and in return you receive a dozen from each of the bloggers matched with you! To make it even better (yes, it gets even better than 3 dozen cookies waiting at your doorstep), all of the participants and sponsors donate money to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer as our little way of giving back during this holiday season. Such an incredible project to be a part of!

If you’re interested in hearing more about The Great Food Blogger Cookies Swap, or signing up for email updates, visit this link.

 

Trashed Up Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies // pumpkin & peanut butter

Trashed Up Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

This year, I was matched up with Hetal from Pretty Polymath (she was actually a Season 6 Master Chef contestant– how cool?!), Devangi from Pistachio Doughnut, and Aileen from Morsels & Moonshine (who happens to be one of my blogger friends, so this was SO cool that I was randomly matched with her). I wanted to go completely out to the box for my holiday cookie, so I tried something I’ve never done before— why, putting a cookie inside another cookie, of course! I guess they’re technically cookie chunks, but it’s all the same to me 😉

This recipe definitely had some inspiration behind it. And that inspiration is called Trader Joes Candy Cane Joe Joes. Please tell me you’ve tried these magical cookies? I’m usually not one for store-bought cookies, but I impulse bought them one year over the holidays and I. WAS. HOOKED. It’s essentially a peppermint flavored oreo, so you basically can’t go wrong there. And I absolutely adore peppermint-flavored things over the holidays, so these were seriously love at first bite!

Anyways, back to these cookies…. I ultimately decided I wanted to “trash up” the stereotypical chocolate chunk cookie with bits of my favorite peppermint sandwich cookie, a little peppermint extract, and some holiday sprinkles (duhh). I mean, it’s Christmas, why not? It certainly took a few tries to get the right texture, peppermint flavor, and cookie chunk ratio, but finally, SUCCESS! A soft, indulgent cookie that screams Christmas in every way, shape, and form!

 

Trashed Up Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Want to know what I got in the mail from my matches?!? I couldn’t have been given a more different array of cookies from some super talented food bloggers. I first received a dozen of these melt-in-your-mouth Brown Butter Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies from Diana at The Dreamery Events blog. Ohhmyyygoodnesss were these amazing! I had to stop myself before I downed half the batch in one sitting!

 

Trashed Up Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Next, I came home to two boxes of cookies on the SAME day (win!): Tropical Cranberry Macaroons from Renee at Flaming Musings and Cherry Double Chocolate Cookies from Hannah at Fleur Delicious. The Tropical Cranberry Macaroons were light, fluffy, and had this beautiful zest of lime that was like no cookie I had ever eaten before. Genius! The Cherry Double Chocolate Cookies had that perfect balance of sweet and tart, full of rich chocolate chunks with pops of tangy dried cherries. Seriously delicious!

 

Trashed Up Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies // pumpkin & peanut butter

 

Thanks again ladies for all your decadent cookies! It was so wonderful connecting with each of you through this awesome blogger project!

 

Trashed Up Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies // pumpkin & peanut butter

Trashed Up Peppermint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Serves 14-16
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 8 minutes
Total time 23 minutes
Meal type Dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cup white flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup coconut oil, solid but soft
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pure peppermint extract
  • 1 egg (or flax egg, if vegan)
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chunks
  • 8 peppermint Jojos (Trader Joe’s brand) or Oreos, crushed into small pieces with your hands
  • optional: 2 tbsp Christmas-colored sprinkles

Directions

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Step 2
In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In a separate bowl cream together coconut oil and sugar together for 1 minute. Add in the peppermint extract and egg, then beat for another few seconds. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the wet and continue to mix until just combined. Using a large spoon (or your hands), stir in peppermint cookie chunks and dark chocolate chunks (and sprinkles, if desired).
Step 3
Roll cookies into 1’’ balls and place onto parchment lined baking sheet. Flatten the balls a little with your fingers. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Cookies will still be soft to the touch, but firm on the edges. Cool for 1-2 minutes on the baking sheet, then remove and finish cooling on a cooling rack.

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

3 Comments

  1. Okay, these cookies look soooooooooo delicious. I love that you included peppermint joe-joe’s in there – GREAT idea.

    This cookie swap sounds like SO much fun! I’ll have to join in next year!

    • You definitely have to! I found out about it from another blogger this time last year and couldn’t wait to participate this year! Such a cool way to bring bloggers together for a great cause 🙂

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