This time the Three Wise Man, after bringing us vanilla and chocolate, are bringing us a peppermint/coconut experiment. I have never made these cookies before, I’m not going to lie. There is this book I own about baking 100 different kinds of cookies with one dough as the basis (1 Teig = 100 Kekse, book by Linda Doeser in German), which is an idea I love. That was the way I learned to cook, by changing up recipes I knew. Once you take a look at all the recipes, some of them turned out to be funky flavour combinations. They look pretty, but am I going really going to eat a cookie with lavender or cream cheese? I’m not a gourmet. Some of those ingredients also seemed quite hard to get or are very expensive.
Recently I picked the book back up, just perusing for photography inspiration and stumbled across this recipe. With the star shape and the chocolate they looked super Christmassy. The idea of a peppermint cookie also intrigued me. Peppermint aroma is not easily found where I live, but this summer I tried my hand at Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, which was a revelation. Why can’t you by that stuff here? It’s might just be the best ice cream ever. For that I made Peppermint Extract, so for once I could try a peppermint cookie. Then I noticed something quite strange – the recipe also included desiccated coconut. I would have never thought of combining peppermint and desiccated coconut with dark and white chocolate. Is that just me? Is that a really popular flavour combination and I’m just ignorant?
So I figured I’d just test this recipe two ways – one with coconut and one without it. Surprisingly, both combinations worked and taste amazing. I’d even give the peppermint and coconut flavour combination the edge, as the flavours really harmonize. The peppermint flavour is not very dominant and I’d still be intrigued to find a peppermint cookie recipe that is stronger. If you know one, let me know. Someone told me, that the cookie tasted like perunillas, a Spanish cookie. I’ve tried making traditional Spanish Christmas cookies to varying degrees of success last Christmas, so that was a nice surprise.
I made a few adjustments to the recipe as the dough was really hard to deal with, but overall I would really recommend it.
Peppermint Chocolate Stars (Peppermint Chocolate Stars pdf download)
350 gr Wheat flour
140 gr Sugar
Dash of salt
100 gr Desiccated coconut
225 gr Softened butter
1 Egg yolk
3 Tsp. Peppermint extract
100 gr White chocolate
100 gr Dark chocolate
- Knead all the ingredients above into a dough. If you don’t like coconut, replace it with the same amount of flour to improve the consistency. The dough is on the softer side.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and put it in the fridge for one hour.
- Remove half of the dough from the fridge and roll it out either on a well floured surface or between two sheets of baking parchment to 3mm thickness.
- Preheat the oven to 190°C.
- Cut out the stars and use a palette knife to transfer them on a lined baking sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes until golden.
- Leave them to cool on the baking sheet, as the cookie is fragile while warm.
- Once the cookies have cooled, temper the chocolate*.
- With drizzle the white and dark chocolate on the cookies with the help of a teaspoon. Leave the chocolate to harden before putting them away.
- Chop the chocolate and put it into a microwaveable bowl.
- On medium heat microwave for twenty seconds, take it out and stir the chocolate.
- Put the chocolate back in the microwave for ten seconds, take it out and stir the chocolate.
- Repeat step three until the chocolate is melted smooth. I don’t have a thermometer and this method has always worked for me.
I usually experiment every year, some are better than others. This one is a definite keeper and I will make them again. I will probably have to make them again this year, as I broke about ten due to gravity never being on my side and someone already finished all of them within the hour. Hopefully you will try them, as they are super delicious. Let me know if you have any good peppermint cookie recipes, because these might be my new favourites. Have a wonderful St. Nicholas Day.