Just popping in to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas! Our family from England arrived last Thursday and we've been immensely enjoying their company over the last week. When the immediate family's all together, there are six little ones, ten years and under in the mix, so there's quite a cacophony going on almost continuously! It's a wonderful cacophony though and we cherish every minute.
We're actually celebrating Christmas with the family tomorrow. The gifts are all wrapped and the menu's carefully planned. Here at The Café, we pretend it's Christmas whenever we can all be together. It gets a little tricky when your kids get married and there are in-laws involved. We decided long ago to just go with the flow and make it work whenever it works. All that to say, this will be our last post before Christmas.
Guessing that you might be a bit like me, scurrying to check off your list of "to-do's" before the big day arrives I thought you might be able to use a super delicious recipe that can be thrown together in minutes. We put together a fun little video to show you just how quick and easy they are. One bowl, no mixer, just perfect for this busy time of year!
I made a double batch of these cookies to enjoy while the family was together over the weekend. With lots of chocolate chips and crushed peppermint both inside the cookies and as a pretty topping, they disappeared like hotcakes! I have a feeling they will at your house too, so make plenty!
Have a blessed and delicious Christmas!
- 10 tablespoons salted butter
- ¾ cup light brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¾ cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- ¾ cup coarsely crushed candy canes divided
Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
Place butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl (about 2 quart size). Microwave on high power for 20-30 seconds or until butter is starting to melt and has become soft. Don’t let it melted completely as the dough will be runny and the cookies will not have a good texture. (see picture in post)
Add sugars and mix with a wooded spoon or sturdy spatula until smooth and all brown sugar lumps are dissolved. Add vanilla and egg yolks, then stir again until smooth.
Add the flour and sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the top. Stir just until all flour mixture is incorporated and dough pulls away from sides of bowl. See “Tips” at the end of the post.
Add ½ cup of the chocolate chips and ½ cup of the crushed candy canes . Stir to combine. Reserve remaining chocolate chips and crushed candy canes.
Scoop up dough with a spoon or an ice cream scooper of your choice and place on prepared sheet pan. Leave 1 ½-2 inches between each cookie. I used a 1 ½ inch scooper. Press a few of the chocolate chips onto the top and sides of each dough scoop for a pretty look. (If you’re in a hurry, just add all the chips and into the dough.)
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until cookies are light golden brown. As soon as cookies emerge from the oven, sprinkle with about ½ teaspoon of the reserved crushed candy cane. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the pan, then transfer to a cooling rack.
An ice cream scoop is perfect for making uniform size and shape cookies. I like the scoops with a trigger release. I have them in all different sizes for cookie making. They also work great for meatballs.
Don't let the butter completely melt. Start with cold butter right from the refrigerator. Give it 20-30 seconds in the microwave on high power. It should be soft and starting to melt like shown in the picture in the post. If you let the butter get completely melted, the cookie dough will be runny and the cookies will be flat and thin.
After the flour is completely incorporated, the dough should easily form a ball and leave the sides of the bowl. If it's runny and doesn't form a ball, add a bit more flour. Check out the video to see the consistency you want.