November 9, 2014

Peppermint Snowcaps

Recipe: Eric Vellend

These gluten-free cookies are also delicious made with Mexican spices. Just omit the peppermint extract and add 1 tsp ancho chili powder and 1⁄2 tsp cinnamon to the dry mix.


  • 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 1⁄4 cups ground almonds
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Sifted icing sugar, for rolling


Yield: Makes 24

  1.  In heatproof bowl fitted over pan of gently simmering water, melt chocolate and butter, stirring, until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in almonds and salt.
  2. In mixing bowl, whisk eggs and sugar until pale and thickened, 2 minutes. Add peppermint extract. Fold in chocolate mixture until combined. Cover. Refrigerate until firm, 3 to 4 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Form dough into 1 1⁄4″-diam. balls. Roll balls in icing sugar. Place 2″ apart on trays. Bake until puffed, cracked and firm at edges, 12 minutes.

Ashley Capp


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