Today we are going to learn how to make these beautiful chocolate dipped chocolate chip cookies. They look as good as they taste, and are so easy to make! Delight your friends and family!
Here it is friends. One more weekend until Christmas. Yup. Christmas Eve is little more than a week away. So I know on the first of the month you were determined to make everything from scratch and have as much of a handmade holiday as possible. I understand that. You know I do.
But there comes a point where the list is just too long to finish, and we have to figure out some well designed compromises. It happens. We’re all real people here, so nobody’s going to get judgey if you can’t do absolutely everything.
Because remember, Martha Stewart has a huge staff that helps her to pull off those effortless, elegant soirees. She likes for you to think she’s doing it all by hand, by herself. But we all know it just isn’t true.
So today, I’m introducing you to my very good friend. Readers, meet King Arthur. He’s about to make your baking life infinitely easier.
You know I can’t stand artificial anything.
Not fake food, not crappy yarn, and certainly not fake people. When this mix turned up on the baking aisle in my grocery store I was reluctant to try it, but I picked it up anyway. I was quite thrilled to read the mix contained only whole ingredients. No fake food. No weird ingredients.
I was intrigued, and decided to give these a go.
I am THRILLLED!! These cookies are GREAT. I did jazz them up a bit, but not by much. And for some reason it’s so fast and easy to bake with this mix. Probably because it only gives you 24 cookies, but for us, that’s perfect. Not too many.
Two trays to bake, and you’re done.
I use an organic egg, and Kerrygold butter, because everything is better with those two ingredients.
Why am I sharing a cookie recipe for an extra post this week? Because Santa’s coming, and we all leave cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. But the time crunch right now is REAL. Rather than use those dreadful slice and bake things, or having to carve out a couple of extra hours to bake cookies when you’re already overwhelmed, try using this. If you measure out the butter, your littles can mostly bake these cookies by themselves.
I remember being little and baking Santa’s cookies. It was the most important thing I made all year. And I was so excited about it.
If you still can’t contain the inner craft goddess, and find making plain cookies just isn’t enough. Well, I understand that.
For this part of the recipe, I melted chocolate chips and dipped half the cookies in the melty chocolate. Oh man. This was sooooo good. If you have a party coming up, bake the cookies a day ahead, cool them overnight, and dip them in the morning. They’ll set up and be perfect for the party. Put them on a tray lined with parchment paper and they’ll cool to perfection with no sticking.
I know what you’re asking. How’d I do the chocolate part?
So easy. I have a chocolate melting pot purchased from QVC pretty close to 15 years ago. My best friend and I bought them at the same time, so we each had one. We were talking on the phone watching David (OMG I love David) on QVC together and that chocolate pot came on. We both ordered one right away. She’s been gone for almost 6 years now, and I think of her every time I see that chocolate pot. And I instantly feel close to her when I use it.
Unfortunately QVC doesn’t carry them anymore. But…..Michael’s has something similar. Here’s the Wilton Chocolate pot they sell. It’s money well spent. Believe me. You’ll never scorch or have your chocolate seize on you ever again. It’s not exactly tempering and it will bloom over time, but if you dip the morning of your party, the cookies will be perfect.
Since it’s Christmas, I couldn’t resist those cute little Peppermint Candy Canes. Just. So. Cute. So I got a little crazy and made this.
I couldn’t stop myself from further faffing. (that’s a British term for fiddling, but I think it’s more fun to say.)
I decided I needed to add peppermint candy to the chocolate dipped cookies. It looks really fancy, but It was EASY to do!!!
I put a few candy canes in a Ziploc bag, and crushed them up. Then I sprinkled the peppermint candy onto the warm, melted chocolate on the cookies. That’s it. So easy, and soooooo special.
Oh good grief. How pretty is that? And so festive. These are nothing but simple semi-homemade chocolate chip cookies all dressed up for Christmas Eve.
People will think you slaved for hours and hours crafting these, and really, they are so simple to make.
I adore peppermint and chocolate. It’s soooo good. So Christmassy.
Put these on your holiday table, and people will think you are a baking genius or will think you must have paid a ton of money to buy these in a fancy bakery.
You can use all high end ingredients and still make 2 dozen of these for under $10. They would cost four times that from a fancy bakery.
Leave these out for Santa, and you might find that fancy Mercedes in the driveway on Christmas morning. That’s what I’m hoping for anyway.
Semi Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies dipped in Chocolate and sprinkled with peppermint. These are Santa’s favorite Christmas cookie
- King Arthur Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking Mix
- One Egg (room Temp)
- One stick of butter
- Your favorite chocolate chips
- Peppermint Candy Canes
- Bake cookies using the King Arthur mix according to their instructions.
- Allow cookies to cool for at least an hour. Two is better.
- Melt chocolate chips in the chocolate pot. Or on the stove top if you prefer.
- Dip half the cookie in the melted chocolate.
- Place them to cool on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with crushed peppermint while chocolate is still warm.
- Allow chocolate on cookies to cool for at least an hour.
- Pour a nice cold glass of Cashew milk and enjoy a couple of these babies.
I created this recipe idea because it looks really fancy, and the truth is, it was very easy to make. So it’s perfect for last minute gifts or for having kids help in the kitchen. What child doesn’t want to help make cookies for Santa? It’s a great way to introduce them to baking in a fun way.
Enjoy!! And Merry Christmas to you all!
**Everything I used in today’s post comes from my own kitchen and are things I really use. Nothing is sponsored in this post. I’m sharing my real recipe and the actual things I use to make this stuff. I love my baking sheets from Pampered Chef and my linens came from Anthropologie and Pier 1. The spoon is an antique that came from my great Aunt. The succulent is my real houseplant that lives in my kitchen window, and the pine greenery was cut from a tree in my yard. I really used the King Arthur mix to make the cookies in the pictures. I thought it was important to share this as there are so many questions surrounding blog posts. To be honest, I would love to have a post like this sponsored by any or all of the companies I mention, but for now this is not the case. When that changes, I will let you know, but you can be certain I would only work with companies I honestly know and love and really use. Thank you! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop me a note through my contact form.