I dreamt about this cookie. Little things from my to-do list creep inside my brain and hang around at nighttime. I fell asleep asking myself ‘what am I going to do with those two languishing candy canes in the pantry??’ and then I had sweet, sweet cookie dreams.
Maybe we’re all dreaming about cookies this time of year. Santa can’t be the only one already thinking of endless plates of Christmas cookies! I’m ready for holiday parties and potlucks, and the general merriness that comes this time of year when no one declines dessert. It’s a dessert lover’s dream.
This is a basic drop sugar cookie recipe, meaning you don’t have to roll out the dough and cut it. You do have to roll it in balls in your hands, but I think you can manage that. It has a little cream of tartar to help keep the cookies chewy (another lesson I learned from America’s Test Kitchen).
The dough has a double hit of peppermint with crushed candy canes and Nielsen-Massey peppermint extract. I’ve found that a lot of the grocery store peppermint extracts are reminiscent of toothpaste. Not this brand. It smells sweet and minty, the way it should. I want to dab it on my wrists as perfume all winter long. But instead, I’ll put it in cookies, tip it in chocolate mousse, and splash it in every cup of hot cocoa!
I saved about a tablespoon of crushed candy canes to place on top of the cookies before baking. It’s entirely optional, but if you do this, don’t leave the pieces too large, or they make craters in the cookies while they bake. Candy cane dust is really what we’re after. There are some pieces of candy cane in this photo that are too large. Don’t be like me. Except do be like me and turn your cookie dreams into reality. Life is so, so sweet!
Optional white chocolate glaze: