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Blog Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Blog Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Time goes so quickly! In just a few days we'll be ushering in, not just a new year, but a new decade. While every holiday has its traditions, I can't think of another holiday that equals New Year's Eve (and Day) for the number of superstitions surrounding the celebration. After wrapping up the old year, we look to the future and try to ensure that it holds health, wealth, and happiness for ourselves and our loved ones. Some of the ways people do this, like eating lentils or grapes, contain a kernel of practicality (at least in the good health department), while other habits, such as not taking out the trash, veer toward the fanciful. Personally, I'd rather enjoy a good dinner with my family or a day out in the snow than worry about what comes into or leaves my house on the first day of the year. But I do indulge in a New Year's superstition that I acquired from my husband's family, which is to say "rabbit, rabbit" after the stroke of midnight, for good luck. It seems like such a quirky tradition that I'm always surprised when I hear that other people do this, too.

I like to think of New Year's Eve as the dessert of the feast that is the holiday season. This week's recipe, which uses crushed candy canes, is a fitting embodiment of that notion. These minty chocolate cookies make a wonderful addition to a New Year's Eve buffet, or just a great snack with a cup of hot cocoa.

My favorite shapes for Chocolate Peppermint Cookies include the Martini Glass cookie cutter, the Mitten cookie cutter, and the Mountain Bear cookie cutter.