10 Sweets for Santa: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

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Peppermint and chocolate are proven stress reducers, so eat up!

I don’t have a clever or cute poem for today’s post, I’m sorry! Time has gotten away from me, once again! With 10 days left until Christmas, the holiday stress has caught up! Mix that with my normal work/wedding/personal stress, and I’m 3 steps away from a total meltdown. So obviously, the way to combat stress is to eat copious amounts of chocolate! I tend to stress eat when I’m overwhelmed and chocolate is always my go-to. The antioxidants that are found in chocolate [esp. dark] have been shown to reduce stress, after all ūüôā Another stress reducer, headache reliever and indigestion/IBS fighter is peppermint. Peppermint oil has been proven to reduce tension and stress headaches as well as block the calcium channels that can cause upset stomach. Mix these two health powers together [with some flour, butter and vanilla] and you have yourself some healthy [and festive] cookies! This recipe makes 35-38 cookies.

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 stick of butter, softened
  • 1/3¬† cup¬† sugar
  • 1/2¬† cup¬† brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1¬† teaspoon¬† vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4¬† cups¬† all-purpose flour
  • 1¬† teaspoon¬† baking powder
  • 3/4¬† teaspoon¬† baking soda
  • 1/4¬† teaspoon¬† salt
  • 1/3¬† cup¬† unsweetened cocoa
  • 2/3¬† cup ¬†finely crushed candy canes
  • Cooking spray

How to Make Them:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix butter until creamy. Add sugars; beating well.

  • Add egg and vanilla. Stir well.

  • Combine flour, baking soda and powder and salt. Stir well. Once stirred, add in cocoa.

  • Add in crushed candy canes. Stir well.

  • Roll dough into small balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

Nutritional information per cookie: 95 calories, 6 grams of fat, 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber.

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  1. Posted by Maria on
    Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
    I love the combo of chocolate and peppermint: yum!
  2. Posted by Briarrose on
    Wednesday, December 15th, 2010
    These look just yummy. I never thought to add candy canes to my cookies.
  3. Posted by Tes on
    Thursday, December 16th, 2010
    What a gorgeous cookies :) My son just crazy about candy canes right now :)
  4. Posted by Peachbride on
    Monday, December 20th, 2010
    Oh I am so making these tonight!
  5. Posted by Elliot S Volkman on
    Monday, December 20th, 2010
    Dear: If you are going to take foodie pictures at least allow me to provide you some cooking material that doesn't show the years I've used them during college.
  6. Posted by kjpugs on
    Saturday, January 1st, 2011
    I love anything with chocolate and peppermint!!! Send some my way too!