Whole Wheat Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies

Photo: Whole Wheat Chocolate Peppermint Drop Cookies.
Aaron Harries, Director of Marketing, created this recipe and brought these attractive and fudgy cookies to a staff party. No one will ever know that there is whole wheat flour in this cookie recipe.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 8-10 minutes

Ingredients

½ cup butter, melted 
1 cup brown sugar 
¾ teaspoon baking powder 
½ teaspoon salt 
2 large eggs 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
2/3 cup Dutch-process cocoa 
1 ¾ cups white whole wheat flour 
1 cup dark chocolate chips 
½ cup white chocolate chips 
½ cup crushed peppermint candy 
36 whole peppermint candy melts (Wilton), optional 

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease or line with parchment paper two cookie sheets. 

2. In medium bowl, mix together melted butter, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs and vanilla, beating until smooth. 

3. Stir in the cocoa and flour; the dough will be sticky. Mix in the chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candy. 

4. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets, leaving 1 ½-inch between them. 

5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes, until cookies are set. Remove from oven. If desired, place a whole peppermint candy in center of each cookie. Note: cookies will be very soft coming out of the oven, but will firm up as they cool on the cookie sheet. 

Makes about 3 dozen cookies. 

Nutrition Information

One cookie provides approximately 136 calories; 2 g protein; 20 g carbohydrate; 2 g dietary fiber; 6 g fat (3g saturated); 18 mg cholesterol; 7 mcg folate; 3 mg iron and 84 mg sodium.