Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Chocolate Cookies With Peppermint-Cream Cheese Frosting

The inspiration for this dessert came from some leftover cream cheese frosting that I had in the freezer from Thanksgiving’s Carrot Cake Cupcakes. I decided to make my favorite chocolate cookies and top them with peppermint-cream cheese frosting. Instead of semisweet chocolate chips, I used bittersweet chocolate chips to balance the sweetness of the frosting. These taste like Christmas to me. Enjoy!

Chocolate Cookies With Peppermint-Cream Cheese Frosting
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 package bittersweet chocolate chips
Peppermint-Cream Cheese Frosting

1. Beat butter and next 3 ingredients with an electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients. Gradually add to butter mixture; stir in chocolate chips. Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
2. Bake at 350° for 12 minutes or until done. Remove from oven, and cool 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and cool completely. Spread cookies with frosting.

Peppermint-Cream Cheese Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 (8-oz.) block cream cheese, softened
1 (16-oz.) package powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
2 drops red gel food coloring

1. Beat butter and cream cheese with a mixer until fluffy. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency. Beat in vanilla, peppermint, and food coloring.


Katie B. said...

I suspect these might be my new favorite.

Robin said...

I am going to have to make these-I have been getting bored with my usuals, and these sound delicious.