Peppermint Bonbons: Holiday Baking from Canada

Canada’s Dawn Becker shared this recipe and said, “I was raised with these Christmas cookies and they are still a favourite with my siblings. Of the five of us, I am the only one that makes these.”

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When you have a look at this photo of her baking (that’s 25 dozen cookies, folks) Dawn recently tweeted, you can that this IAAP member is one talented baker who knows her way around a mixing bowl. No wonder her family lets her prep the bonbons!

The Dough

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ c. butter or margarine
  • ½ c. white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Sift dry ingredients together.
Cream butter or margarine with sugar – cream well.
Beat in egg, melted chocolate and vanilla.
Stir in dry ingredients to make a stiff dough.
Roll into 1” balls and place on greased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350º for 12 minutes.
Cool. Once cooled, finish with the peppermint glaze.

The Glaze

  • 3 c. sifted icing sugar
  • 3 -4 Tbsp hot water
  • ¼ tsp peppermint extract
  • red food colouring to make pink or red colour

Mix all together to the consistency desired. I make a glaze thick enough to run down the cookies and still sticks to the top of the ball. My sister likes a thinner glaze that coats the cookie. Decorate with a silver dragee or slivered almond or your choice if desired.



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