Thursday, November 24, 2011

Salted Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies

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I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, food, and gratitude. I love Thanksgiving because the day after is just as exciting. There is left-over pie and anticipation of the holidays. Let the holiday baking and shopping commence! Clearly I wasted no time getting to the baking part. I had good reason though, my poor Bella girl dropped an iPad on her toe, which turned completely blue and was all the more disturbing looking with the left-over purple sparkle polish on top. Baking cookies always works to cure boo boos, and these were no exception. 

Do you have a special holiday baking tradition? 


Fresh soft chocolate cookies are so delicious, but when you add melty chunks of white/dark/peppermint bark, they are over-the-top amazing. The dough turned out a little too sweet, so we added a tiny pinch of fleur de sel to the tops before baking and they were perfect. See, licking the spoon is important! 

Salted Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies
makes about 24 

1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped peppermint bark
1/2 teaspoon fleur de sel or large sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. 

In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the peppermint bark chunks . Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with salt if using. Refrigerate 20 minutes.

Bake for 10 minutes or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. 

adapted from AllRecipes chocolate cookies


36 comments:

  1. These look great---I always buy myself some peppermint bark right at the start of the holidays, I can't get enough of it. I'm baking cookies this weekend, I'll try these.

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  2. SO delicious!!! I want one with my breakfast :) Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! xo

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  3. I sooo need some of these. Bake them for me?;) They look so perfect!

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  4. just looking those pictures.. i'm craving right now! hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving!!!
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  5. These look really good.

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  6. Wow those look amazing! I'm a new follower

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  7. Great looking cookies! I hope the little ones toe gets better, those ipads are pretty heavy :(
    Take care...

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  8. Marina..............lovely, yummy indeed............there goes my diet!

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  9. Hi Marina, We found your blog through the blog hop and We are sure glad we did, We love it! Your recipes look tasty! The "girly girls" are now following you! You can find us at
    http://www.christiangirlygirls.com/
    and on facebook at
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Christian-Girly-Girls/254482111265873

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  10. These sound super yummy Marina! One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making sugar cookie cutouts for my kids and letting them decorate them! :)

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  11. Peppermint Bark, is my favorite holiday treat!! I know I would eat about 10 of these with a big glass of milk!! I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  12. i love peppermint and chocolate together!

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  13. I have a tradition of getting together with about 3 other girlfriends and baking cookies all day, we split the bounty. These look super. Hope that toe heals soon,.

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  14. Delicious cookies - my household would love these - peppermint bark makes it feel like Christmas already :) Hope the toe and the ipad are both doing well!
    Mary x

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  15. This is crazy! I bought the ingredients to make chocolate cookies with peppermint sprinkles this afternoon!
    Beautifully decorated!
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    :) Anna

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  16. It's late Sunday night, but I'm finally finding time to hop with Lucy and Sam! I'm a follower!

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  17. Peppermint is one of my favorite holiday flavors! I've never tried a peppermint cookie, though! Looks yummy!!

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  18. Just like everyone loves pumpkin for the fall I love my peppermint for Christmas. I could just sit around all day eating peppermint:) I love these cookies- the best of both worlds

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  19. oohhhh...thgese look wonderful! I love sweet and salty together:)

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  20. These look wonderful! Such a great holiday treat!

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  21. These look great-like a wonderful gift!

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  22. ok i need to make those cookies! i love chocolate bark and i love cookies especially with candy canes!! making them soon

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  23. This may be my new favorite cookie. What fantastic pictures. We have pumpkin fried rice today. Delicious. We are having our second giveaway this week. Come visit on Friday and register to win a party dress from The Shabby Apple.

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  24. Ooohh, chocolate and peppermint bark SOUNDS amazing. I love the way you tied them together, too; so pretty!

    I hope your daughter's feeling better!

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  25. Never knew what was bark until I started blogging and warmed up to salted ice cream, desserts same time as well and now cannot get enough. These l=cookies look perfectly delicious!

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  26. These look sinful!

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  27. What a tasty tradition! Hope they helped Bella feel better:) Your photos are always so stunning!
    We have been making candy cane cookies for Christmas since I was about 5 years old.

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  28. yum yum YUM!!! Thanks for linking this up!

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  29. WOW! Beautiful cookie, beautiful presentation and beautiful photographs!

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  30. I've been looking for an excuse to buy peppermint bark and now I just found one! Your bookmarked! Thank you fr the recipe!

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  31. These look and sound so yummy for the holidays!! Gotta try them soon!

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  32. I'm a new follower from the sunday drive and I'm so happy I found your blog, because everything looks delicious! Would love a follow back! Cheers!

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  33. This looks so good. I love peppermint. I buy huge bags of it at Christmas so we can have it for months and months. Even horsey gets them. Lol. I have to try this. Love bark, love cookies, love peppermint, how can I go wrong here.

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  34. Um seriously, you just blow over with every post and recipe! I LOVE a sweet/salty combination and these look so amazing! Thank you for sharing them at the Christmas in the Kitchen party!

    Hetaher

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  35. These look AMAZING.

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