Peppermint Brownie Cookies

December 10, 2015

Long time no chat! Things have been a little hectic around these parts, mainly with the amount of traveling we’ve been doing. We always take a trip around Thanksgiving (this year a cruise to St Thomas and St Maarten!), but this year it was extra long and coming right after some remodeling and a job change, so all of my motivation has been funneled into other things. I’ll get back into the swing of things a little bit, even if it’s just motivated by having a couple of posts to get to with my favorite brands, before I have a little more traveling to do. Anyone else thing traveling is incredibly exhausting even when you’re having a blast?

Peppermint Brownie Cookies @hiddenfruitnveg

My first motivation to get back into the kitchen after our cruise was to make cookies, obviously.  It’s time for the Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange Week and I just couldn’t miss out. Here’s a little intro courtesy of Erin plus all of the details for a SWEET giveaway. Get it? Sweet? I’ll see myself out.

Peppermint Brownie Cookies @hiddenfruitnveg


60+ blog friends are sharing gorgeous cookie recipes from today through next Saturday, and today, I’ve teamed up with 50 other bloggers to bring you The Sweetest Season’s Sweetest Cookie Giveaway! We’ve put together an incredible cookie baking prize package, and we can’t wait to tell you more about it.

The Sweetest Season 2015 Sweetest Cookie Giveaway // The Speckled Palate

row one: Wit Wisdom Food | Beth Cakes | Alyssa and Carla | The Rustic Willow | Chez Catey Lou | Joybilee Farm | Arousing Appetites | The Food in My Beard | Lizzy is Dizzy | Lemon Sugar

row two: The Speckled Palate | The Gift of Gab | think fruitful | Majorly Delicious | Sugar Dish Me | An Oregon Cottage | A Savory Feast | The Foodie Patootie | Twin Stripe | Hidden Fruits and Veggies

row three: Appeasing a Food Geek | DC Girl in Pearls | Bessie Bakes | Brunch with Joy | Cooking With Libby | 2 Cookin Mamas | Lou Lou Biscuit | Me and My Pink Mixer | Wetherills Say I Do | The Little Epicurean |

row four: The Emotional Baker | Cake ‘n Knife | Glisten and Grace | Meredith Noelle | The Secret Ingredient [is love] | SammaSpot | Hey There Sunshine | Natasha Red Blog | Flavors & Sabores | Macheesmo

row five: Beer Girl Cooks | My California Roots | Butchers Niche | The Skinny Pot | Sustaining the Powers | Feast + West | Not Your Average Southern Belle | Vanilla And Bean | Our Life Inspired | That Square Plate

Be sure to check out our blogs to see all of our cookie recipes throughout the week! We’re using the hashtag #sweetestseasoncookies on social media this week, and we’re joining even more bloggers baking cookies, so it’s going to be a grand time!

Now, on to the giveaway!

A whopping 51 bloggers teamed up to bring you an awesome cookie-centric giveaway! We picked out a stand mixer and other goodies to make baking this season go smoothly. And, a big thank you goes out to the generous sponsors who helped with The Sweetest Season by organizing, as well as providing products to the participating bloggers and donating some incredible prizes for our giveaway! Be sure to check out Imperial Sugar, Dixie Crystals, Bob’s Red Mill, Cabot Creamery and The Crumby Cupcake for lots of great recipe ideas. And check out Garnishing Co., who designed our graphics.

The Sweetest Season Sweetest Cookie Giveaway 2015 // The Speckled PalateWe’re giving away The Sweetest Cookie Prize Pack, and it is worth $690! See the Rafflecopter below to enter to win this amazing set of cookie baking goodies. The prize pack includes:

Giveaway rules:

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  2. The giveaway is open until Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. One winner will be chosen at random and e-mailed within 48 hours. Winners must claim prize within 48 hours of initial contact. The retail value of the prize is $690. Prizes listed above are the only ones available.
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So now that you’re totally pumped about winning the giveaway and getting into the kitchen, lemme talk about brownie cookies.  You basically make brownie batter, drop it on a baking sheet, and bam. Cookies. The advantages here are A. wayyy less baking time B. every cookie is like an edge piece. If you underbake just a touch, you can still have fudgy middles, but the edges are chewy, crispy deliciousness. They’re super easy to make and don’t require a stand mixer (which is usually in high demand for me this time of year). I made this batch with peppermint to make them feel a little more holiday-y, but if you’re not feeling mint they’d be great just plain, with chopped nuts, or with a fruity flavor like raspberry extract or orange zest. Peppermint Brownie Cookies @hiddenfruitnveg

Peppermint Brownie Cookies @hiddenfruitnveg


Peppermint Brownie Cookies
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Serves: 25 cookies

  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 c semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 c sugar (white sugar, turbinado, or your favorite granular sugar)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp peppermint extract (omit and replace with extra vanilla if you don’t want mint)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¾ c flour (works well with whole wheat pastry flour or all purpose flour)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare 2 – 3 baking sheets by spritzing with nonstick spray.
  2. In a saucepan over medium/low heat, melt the butter and chocolate chips.
  3. Once fully melted, remove from heat and stir in the sugar and cocoa powder. Let cool slightly (about 5 minutes) then stir in the peppermint extract, vanilla extract, and eggs until well combined.
  4. Add the salt, baking powder, and flour and stir until just combined.
  5. The dough will be a little runny and sticky, similar to brownie batter. Drop by heaping tablespoon (I used a soup spoon) onto the prepared baking sheets. The dough will spread both before and during baking — leave space. I put about 8 cookies per standard baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes, until the middle of the cookies is set and the edges start to look crispy.
  7. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before lifting off the baking sheets with a spatula.

Yield is approximately 25 cookies, but will greatly depend on the size of your cookies. I made BIG cookies!
The cookies will be VERY fragile fresh out of the oven until they are cool. If the cookies easily break when you’re trying to remove them, stop and let them cool longer before removing. They will stick to the pan a little, but should remove without breaking.

Disclosure: I received free products from Imperial SugarDixie Crystals and Bob’s Red Mill as part of The Sweetest Season Cookie Exchange. As always, all opinions and recipes are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support my blog.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking Jan 22, 2016

    I just saw something about hidden veggies and that reminded me it was time for a very long overdue visit! Do you know that your blog looks funky from the desktop? Or is it just like that for me? I hope you had a great trip! And these cookies look amazing. 🙂

    Erin @ The Speckled Palate Dec 20, 2015

    YES. Traveling is incredibly exhausting even when you’re having a blast. It’s even more exhausting when you have a tiny person you’re lugging around who everyone wants to see and spend time with. 😉 That said, it’s totally worth it, and y’all’s Thanksgiving trip sounds like it was incredible.

    You know what else sounds incredible? These cookies. My goodness. You had me sold with the peppermint and the brownie together (I made something similar this year!) Yours are beautiful and no doubt freakin’ delicious! How could they not be?

    Thanks so much for participating in The Sweetest Season and our epic giveaway! I was so happy to have you baking with us this year, and I’m gonna have to try this recipe soon. SO good!