March 16, 2006

Neiman Marcus Peppermint Bark Cookies

There are few things I find prettier than a cookie fresh from the oven. These cookies are quite mild -- but could have quite the zing of flavor depending on how strong the peppermint flavoring is in your peppermint bark. One thing is a must: A tall glass of cold milk to wash these beauties down.

Neiman Marcus Peppermint Bark Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup roughly chopped Peppermint Bark (add another 1/2 c. if you like particularly sweet cookies)

1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

2.Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

3.In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the peppermint bark.

4.Using a large ice scream scoop, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie.

*The original recipe calls for a 2 T. sized dollop of cookie dough. I love really large, chewy chocolate chip cookies, so opted to use an ice cream scoop and the results worked wonderfully. The only problem you might encounter with a cookie that large is to make sure it is not under baked, as the middle might fall apart.

Neiman Marcus Peppermint Bark cookies were originally posted about by Heidi from 101 Cookbooks. You can visit her entry for her experiences with the Neiman Marcus Peppermint Bark Cookies!

Peppermint Bark can be bought online or made from scratch, depending on how much time you have and what you are willing to spend. Martha's recipe does not contain any dark or semi sweet chocolate. I would add either chocolate chips or dip the peppermint bark in melted chocolate chips.

I bought a box of Peppermint Bark (which would be enough for 4 batches of cookies) for $7 on sale. I would recommend keeping an eye out for the after Christmas sales!