Dec 23

Double-chocolate cookies with York Peppermint Pieces

Double-chocolate cookies with York Peppermint Pieces!

I don’t know what’s gotten into me, but I just can’t get enough chocolate and peppermint.

The other day I was at Vons, perusing the candy section, when I spotted a bag of York Pieces.

Now, I’m pretty sure I’d seen them before, but it must have been at a point in my life where I wasn’t obsessed with either chocolate, peppermint or Christmas cookies, and so I paid no attention.

This particular day, though, I paid attention. I also paid about $3 so I could take them home with me.

In case you aren’t familiar, York Pieces are basically M&Ms with a pepperminty dark chocolate center. Which makes them perfect to put a little Christmas spin on the classic M&M cookie.

I wanted a rich chocolaty cookie that would balance out the peppermint flavor, as well as make a dramatic backdrop for the bright white candies. (There are also blue candies in the bag, which would have been perfect had I thought to make these for Hanukkah, but since I missed the boat on that one, I decided to eat all the blue ones and put the white ones in the cookies.)

I found exactly what I was looking for at melskitchencafe.com — a soft, deep chocolate cookie that perfectly complements the peppermint.

If you aren’t into peppermint, you could easily substitute any variety of holiday M&Ms. And, of course, you can always make this a non-Christmas cookie by throwing regular M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces or another similar candy in there.

Why are these cookies "double chocolate"? Well, because there's cocoa powder ...... and chocolate chips!Melted chocolate and butter!
York Peppermint Pieces! It's like Reese's Pieces and York Peppermint Patties had babies.How delicious does this cookie dough look?Just roll the dough into nice little balls and bake!

Recipe: Double-chocolate cookies with York Peppermint Pieces

Adapted from melskitchencafe.com

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1 stick (½ cup) butter, cut into pieces
  • ¾ cup York Pieces (or similar candy)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat your oven to 325˚F and grease two baking sheets or line them with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  3. Melt the semisweet chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, stirring until smooth. Let the mixture cool slightly, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the melted chocolate, sugar, eggs and vanilla at medium speed until combined. Reduce the speed to low and gradually stir in the flour mixture. Use a spoon or spatula to stir in the candy pieces.
  5. Scoop tablespoons of dough and roll them into balls, placing them about 1½ inches apart on the prepared baking sheets. Bake the cookies for about 13 to 14 minutes; they’ll still be soft, but the tops will have started to crack. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 2 to 3 minutes, then move them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Double-chocolate cookies with York Peppermint Pieces!

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1 comment

  1. Maria

    I also crave chocolate and mint this time of year and thought I was strange, so glad someone else has the same craving!

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