Well, we've come to the end, the last cookie of my Twelve Cookies of Christmas. And I bring you an especially festive cookie for the holidays. I first made these three years ago, when I saw them in my December 2009 issue of Bon Appetit, and decided to bring them back this year.
One of my favourite flavour combinations is chocolate peppermint. For some reason, chocolate peppermint particularly makes me think of the holidays and winter, perhaps because of that refreshing burst you get from the mint, like a cool breath in your mouth. With the addition of candy canes, it makes these cookies especially festive.
I do find that they never cut quite as perfectly as I want them to—the shortbread base tends to crack when I start cutting into them, which is difficult to get nice, clean edges. It is quite a crispy cookie base, so to help with the cracking, you could try to bake them a little less to get a slightly softer cookie. Regardless, they are delicious, and I get to keep all the broken bits for myself.
You can find the recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies here.
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