December 13, 2006

Break for Recess...


Do you have a favorite holiday recipe? Do share!

I made this White Chocolate and Peppermint Cookie Brittle at a holiday party I hosted 2 years ago and it was a hit. Delicious! And easy to make:

A giant cookie is topped with coarsely crushed peppermint candies and melted white chocolate, then broken into irregular pieces.

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour;1/2 teaspoon baking soda; 1/4 teaspoon salt; 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, cooled slightly; 1/2 cup sugar; 1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar; 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; 10 ounces high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt or Perugina), chopped into 1/3-inch pieces, divided; 3/4 cup coarsely crushed red-and-white-striped hard peppermint candies (about 6 ounces), divided.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt in medium bowl. Whisk melted butter, both sugars, and vanilla in large bowl until smooth. Stir in flour mixture until just blended. Stir in 1 cup chopped white chocolate and 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy.

Transfer dough to prepared sheet. Press dough into 14x8-inch rectangle, about 3/8 inch thick. Bake cookie until top is firm and dark golden, about 30 minutes. Cool on sheet 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool completely.

Stir remaining white chocolate in top of double boiler over barely simmering water until melted and smooth. Using small spoon, drizzle about half of melted chocolate in thin lines over cooled cookie. Sprinkle remaining crushed peppermint candies over chocolate. Drizzle remaining white chocolate over top. Let stand until white chocolate sets, about 1 hour. Break cookie into irregular 2- to 3-inch pieces. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Store in airtight container at room temperature.) Makes about 24 pieces.

**Tips: I don't have a double boiler so I use a smaller pot inside of a larger pan with water. Also, you probably don't need to bake it for 30 minutes.

1 comment:

Justice Jones said...

This looks and sounds really good! I don't know how you have the time to plan elaborate desserts. I'm proud of myself when I make fresh blueberry muffins or home made biscuits (yes, from scratch). But those are actually pretty easy and require simple ingrediants. Go You!

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