10 Sweets for Santa: Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
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 🙂 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.