Chocolate Peppermint Bark Pretzel Cookies

The Lowdown: These dense, fudgy chocolate peppermint cookies are coated in sugar and topped with peppermint pretzel bark to make for a sweet and salty treat. Perfectly pepperminty, chocolaty, and irresistible, these cookies are great for gifting, party taking, or personal enjoyment! 

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So I went into Williams-Sonoma the other day…

And might I say that it is not a good idea to go into Williams-Sonoma at Christmastime and with an empty pocketbook when one wants buy the whole store? That place knows their business and how to execute warm, festive feelings. They also know how to do things right in the sugar and peppermint department.

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark Cookies | Sempre-Dolce.com

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Anyway, so while there I SAW A PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYER!! (8^0

OK, so that’s not what I wanted to tell you – even though it’s true and I can finally cross that off my list of “would like’s”. (I’ve always wanted to see an MLBer in public… #dontask #crazyfan)

No, I actually wanted to tell you that I saw these Peppermint Bark Pretzels and knew at once they had to come home with me; I knew that they needed to be a topper to something chocolaty and delicious. Cookies perhaps?

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark Cookies | Sempre-Dolce.com

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark Cookies | Sempre-Dolce.com

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark Cookies | Sempre-Dolce.com

I was a little undecided but they just seemed to keep calling, waiting to be set on top of some warm chocolate cookies to melt and make someone happy. So I caved and they came home.

And that’s how these cookies came to be. The end.

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Oh, I suppose I should actually tell you a little about them, huh? Well, these cookies have been a staple in my family for yearss. They’re little chocolate delights; dense, fudgy, rolled in sugar and best eaten warm when the topping (in this case the peppermint bark pretzels) is all melty and heavenly. Sosososo good and perfect for this time of year. And you can top them however you like; a simple glaze, peppermint or chocolate kisses, chocolate ganache, truffle halves – it’s up to you!

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Also, to compliment the bark on top, I added a hint of peppermint extract to the cookie dough. This adds a nice little something extra without being too much.

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These chocolate peppermint cookies make for good gifts and are a total party cookie. The recipe yields 20ish (about two inches in diameter) cookies, so if you plan on gifting or making for a party you might want to 3 or 4x the recipe – they can be addicting, I warn you…

Couttura felice!

Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Bark Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 C. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 C. granulated sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • ¼ C. milk
  • 1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2 C. all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • extra sugar, for coating
  • 20 Peppermint Bark Pretzels or desired chocolate candy (see post for topping ideas)

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg yolks, milk and extracts until fluffy.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together flour, cocoa and salt.
  3. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until blended.
  4. Refrigerate dough at least 1 hour, or until firm enough to handle. (If you are a little short on time you can also freeze for about half the time.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Lightly grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper
  7. Place extra sugar (start with about ⅔ C.) in a small bowl and if desired, add some sparkling sugar.
  8. With the palms of your hands, roll dough into 1 ½ - 2 in. balls, coat in sugar, and place on prepared cookie sheet, spaced about 2 in. apart.
  9. Flatten cookie dough balls slightly.
  10. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until set.
  11. Remove from oven and immediately place 1 peppermint bark pretzel on top of each cookie (see note below!).
  12. Transfer cookies to wire rack to cool.

Notes

Feel free to experiment around with the toppings! Take a look near the end of my post for some ideas. If you would like to make a glaze, here’s what you need to do:

Before baking, instead of flattening slightly, press thumb gently in center of each cookie.

Let cookies cool slightly before spooning glaze in the center.

To make glaze: in small bowl whisk together 1/2 C. powdered sugar, 1 tbsp. softened butter, 2 tsp. milk, and 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract (or peppermint extract) and whisk until smooth.

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Recipe adapted from Hershey’s.

Lexi

2 Comments

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    Sues

    December 13, 2016
    I love everything about these!! Williams-Sonoma peppermint bark is true love, but I've never had it with pretzels. I love that you took things even further by adding in a chocolate cookie element. Dreams come true!!
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      Lexi

      December 13, 2016
      Thanks, Sues! I had never tried the peppermint bark pretzels either - they're super good on top of the cookies, though! ;)

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