Recently I found myself helping some good friends organize their home and providing them with some much-needed interior design assistance. Much of the work has involved putting together Ikea furniture. My favorite direction was the figure in the instructions who was seen phoning an Ikea store. Since Ikea's furniture is often more difficult to assemble than finding the last decimal of pi, seeing a humanoid figure dialing the store as step number two was disheartening at best. But, we made it through, and six hours later my friends had an entertainment stand. Just a stand. Not a wall system. Nope, just a stand. But I digress. As a parting gift my friend sent me home with a box of chocolate-peppermint holiday cookies. Yay! Later (quite late at night actually) I found myself at home with a serious case of the munchies. Eureka, I thought to myself, COOKIES! I grabbed the box out of my bag and there they were. I was so excited. I could already taste the chocolatey gooeyness. Yum. Then I tried to open the box, but before I flipped the top open I noticed a simple three-letter word that would take my mood from the zenith to the nadir: "mix." Yes folks, I did not in fact have cookies at all, but rather a mix. What friends to have! (Just kidding, I love Lori and Andrew.)
So my munchie pangs had to be satisfied by something else because there was no way I was going to make cookies at that time of night. Then today rolls around and I'm coming out of a post 33.5-hour-straight design session coma when I get the craving and—most importantly—the energy to make these cookies. Let me tell you, they are delicious!
From their website:
A peak of chocolate divinity dusted by sugar and the chill of peppermint.
These chewy, deep dark chocolate cookies have a slightly crunchy crinkle on the outside making them a melt-in-your mouth delight. With a little confectioners' sugar sprinkled on top, they are as pretty as they are delectable.
Chocolate-Peppermint Crinkle Cookie
Ingredients 1 stick salted butter (melted and cooled) 2 large eggs 1 box of Stonewall Kitchen's Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookie Mix 3 tbsp powdered confectioners sugar
Directions My directions differ slightly from those on the box. Pour contents of cookie mix into bowl of electric mixer. Add melted butter while mixing on low speed. [I don't have an electric stand mixer, and my Oster hand mixer's slow speed is fast on most other mixers.] Add eggs and beat on medium speed until well combined. Empty the contents of the bowl onto a large sheet of plastic wrap, smoothing out the mixture so it's about an inch from the closest edge. Lay another large piece of plastic wrap on top of the mixture, pressing lightly to smooth it to an oval disk about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch thick. Gently roll the edges of the plastic wrap onto its self to seal it all in. Then set on a plate inside your freezer and let the mixture cool in your freezer for an hour.
Once the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease two cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray. Pour powdered sugar (from the box) into a small bowl. [I ended up needing about 3 tbsp of extra powdered sugar than what came with the mix.] Form the cookie dough by hand—a messy affair—into 1.5-2-inch balls. Roll each ball in the powdered sugar, coating them generously. Place on the greased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until the tops appear cracked (12-15 minutes). Allow cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for five minutes, then remove to a wire rack.
"Makes 26 cookies" says the box, but that's a lie. I was able to make 16 normal-sized cookies. So while the holidays may be over, there's no reason your taste buds have to know.
Order a box for yourself at Stonewall Kitchen: http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/shop/speciality-foods/baking-mixes/dessert-baking-mixes/553104.html