Sunday, April 22, 2007

Neiman Marcus Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened1 cup light brown sugar3 tablespoons granulated sugar1 large egg2 teaspoons vanilla extract1-3/4 cups all purpose flour1/2 teaspoon baking powder1/2 teaspoon baking soda1/2 teaspoon salt1 1/4 cups peppermint bark, crushed

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Cream the butter with the sugars using an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy (approximately 30 seconds)

Beat in the egg and the vanilla extract for another 30 seconds.

In a mixing bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and beat into the butter mixture at low speed for about 15 seconds. Stir in the peppermint bark.

Using a 1 ounce scoop or a 2 tablespoon measure, drop cookie dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Gently press down on the dough with the back of a spoon to spread out into a 2 inch circle. Bake for about 20 (hs note: 25) minutes or until nicely browned around the edges. Bake a little longer for a crispier cookie (hs note: or if your cookies are a bit bigger).

Makes 2 dozen cookies.