11/12/2014 11:59 EST | Updated 01/12/2015 05:59 EST

Christmas Cookie Recipe: How To Make Chocolate Peppermint Patties

This Sept. 22, 2014 photo shows chocolate peppermint patties in Concord, N.H. When it comes to holiday cookies, everything depends on the recipe and a few simple techniques. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
When we eat a York peppermint patty, we get the sensation... That they'd be delicious transformed into a holiday cookie. So we did. The result is a simple drop cookie that is simultaneously delicate and fudgy with a heady punch of mint. They beg to be paired with hot cocoa.



Start to finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 5 dozen

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup cocoa powder

6 egg whites

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Heat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 large baking sheets with kitchen parchment.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, egg whites and peppermint extract. Stir together to mix, then whisk on high for 3 minutes.

Drop by teaspoon onto the prepared pans, leaving about 1 inch between the cookies. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until just set. Allow to cool on the pans before moving. These cookies are very fragile and are best made and enjoyed immediately. They do not store well.

Nutrition information per serving: 35 calories; 5 calories from fat (14 per cent of total calories); 0 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 6 g sugar; 1 g protein; 5 mg sodium.


Easy Christmas Cookies