Dec 7

Chocolate Peppermint Sable Cookies, aka Ninjabread Cookies

in Chocolate, Dessert, French, Giveaway, Recipes By Region, Recipes by Type

N is for ninja—   Ninja Lucy
Their acts are covert.
If you get in one’s way
then you’re sure to get hurt.

An unstoppable force,
that’s just what I’d be.
The most dangerous weapon
you never did see!

I’d like to introduce you to one of my favorite people.  She’s a cute little redhead with a wild imagination and her name is Lucy.  Lucy is the creation of my friends Deborah and Mike Collins, and the first book about her adventures was just published last week, The ABC’s of Halloween: As Imagined By Lucy (I mentioned it in my 2011 Holiday Gift Guide).  In honor of Lucy’s debut in the world of literature, I thought I would come up with a holiday treat that she would love, as well as give away a signed copy of the book (giveaway details are at the bottom of the post, after the recipe)!

The ABC's of Halloween

In the book, Lucy is trying to decide what costume to wear for Halloween.  She uses each letter of the alphabet to think of a new costume and asks you, the reader, to help her choose.  My personal favorite is her ninja costume, which inspired a recipe for chocolate peppermint sable cookies—chocolate cookies that are crisp and crumbly, with a hint of peppermint.

Chocolate Peppermint Sable Cookies

The perfect cookie for dunking in a glass of cold milk or chocolate egg nog.  These cookies are also perfect for rolling out and cutting into shapes with cookie cutters.  In fact, they look a lot like gingerbread when treated this way, which is why I’ve started calling them “ninjabread” cookies—they appear to be gingerbread, but are ready to unleash their chocolate pepperminty goodness on unsuspecting tastebuds.

Plus, if you’ve got ninja cookie cutters like I do, ninjabread takes on new meaning . . . .

Ninjabread Attack!

So Lucy, these cookies are for you.  Tell your mom to make them so you can set out a plate of them for Santa Claus.  And if you decide to eat a few while you’re waiting for him to arrive, I’m sure he won’t mind.

Chocolate Peppermint Sable Cookies and Milk

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Chocolate Peppermint Sable Cookies (aka, Ninjabread Cookies)

Recipe Notes: This cookie dough is also good for rolling out and cutting into shapes with cookie cutters. After making the dough, chill the dough for about 30 minutes in the refrigerator, then roll out into thin sheets with a rolling pin between two pieces of parchment paper and cut into shapes using cookie cutters. The dough can be made and frozen for up to 2 weeks. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Baked cookies can be wrapped in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil and frozen for up to 2 weeks.

Makes about 4 dozen

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1/2 cup turbinado sugar

1. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt in a small bowl.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. With the mixer on low speed, add in the milk and extracts. Then gradually add in the flour mixture until well incorporated.

3. Shape the dough into 2 logs, then roll the logs in the turbinado sugar, pressing lightly to embed the sugar in the surface of the logs. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for about 1 hour, until the dough is very firm.

4. Preheat the oven to 376 degrees Fahrenheit.

5. Slice the logs into thin rounds, not more than 1/4-inch thick, and place on parchment lined baking sheets 1/2-inch apart. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until cookies are firm at the edges (cooking time will depend on the thickness of your cookies). Remove from the oven and let cool on the pans, about 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool completely. Serve.

The ABC’s of Halloween Book Giveaway

Holiday Lucy

This giveaway is now closed!  The winner has been contacted and will be posted shortly!

One lucky LFM reader will win a copy of The ABC’s of Halloween, written and illustrated by the dynamic duo, Deborah and Mike Collins.  One awesome bonus? The book is signed by both the author and illustrator (it’s a perk to know them personally)!

The contest is open until Wednesday, December 14th, at 8pm PST/11pm EST.  The contest is all LFM readers.  One winner will be drawn using a random number generator.  The winner has 48 hours to claim their prize, or an alternate winner will be drawn.  And hey, if you don’t win, that doesn’t mean you can’t order a copy of the book for yourself, or that favorite kiddo in your life!  Tiki Machine ships internationally!

To enter:

1. Leave a comment below.

Bonus entries:

2. Follow @TikiMachine on Twitter. Leave a separate comment on this post telling me you follow them on Twitter.


3. Tweet about this giveaway, then come back and leave a separate comment on this post telling me you did so.  To make it easy, just copy and paste this tweet: Enter to win @TikiMachine new Lucy book from @fujimama

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Megan @ Newly Wife December 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

Those ninjas are just the cutest! And the book looks like a fun one too!


Paula- bell'alimento December 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

What a supah cute book! The cookies wouldn’t last 5 minute here – dee-lish! Love that you used the ninja cookie cutters ; )


Paula- bell'alimento December 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

I tweeted : ) xoxo


Meg December 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I think the main thing I got from this post was that I need the ninja cookie cutters. Where did you find them? Too cute!


Rhianon December 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Wow! I love those ninja cookie cutters! I’ll have to see if I can get some here in Australia! (hoping I’m eligible to win too!)


Katherine December 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Just ordered those cookie cutters for my niece. That book would be perfect for her!


Amber December 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Mint chocolate is the best flavor combination!!


Julie U December 7, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Can’t wait to try these! Love those cookie cutters too!


jenjenk December 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

AHAHAHAHAAHHAHA!! i love those ninjas!!!

that book looks adorable!!


Yuri - Chef Pandita December 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I got those cookie cutters on amazon like a month ago! Love the details made with icing. Now I feel like baking ninjabread men :)


Nisrine M. December 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Your ninjabread cokies :) look fabulous. I’m wanting some right now!


Hannah December 7, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I love those cookie cutters!!!! They are amazing. And the books looks incredibly cute :)


Sari December 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm

My sisters would enjoy that book, I bet!


Kay December 8, 2011 at 6:56 am

Super cute!! And the cookies look delicious!


Erin December 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

I love those cookie cutters! I keep meaning to buy them


Krista {BudgetGourmetMom} December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Yummy cookies. Cute book. I need both.


Krista {BudgetGourmetMom} December 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I tweeted. Like I said, I need both. ;)


Joy December 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

The cookies look great. I want ninja cookie cutters now.


Delishhh December 9, 2011 at 9:32 am

So cute – need that book expecting my first little on in Feb.


Huey Sing Kan December 9, 2011 at 10:16 pm

haha! this is so cute!


Mayumi December 10, 2011 at 2:02 am

I would love to try dunking chocolate peppermint cookies in chocolate egg nog. It sounds delicious!


Mayumi December 10, 2011 at 2:02 am

I tweeted about this giveaway.


Mayumi December 10, 2011 at 2:03 am

I now follow TikiMachine on Twitter!


Kenny December 10, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Love the ninja cookie cutters!


Kenny December 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Following @TikiMachine on Twitter


Kenny December 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Tweeted about the giveaway


Urban Wife December 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

What a great giveaway! This book would be perfect for my nieces & nephew.


Kat Jones December 11, 2011 at 6:21 pm

We finished all four of the Avatars The Last Airbender on Netflix. So my 3 yr old is into the whole fighting for the good now.


mitinita December 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Love those ninja cookies!


claire December 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I want this! thanks ;)


Deborah December 19, 2011 at 7:22 pm

the ninjas are AWESOME … and delicious!!! the perfect complement to little Lucy and her vivid imagination – and this is coming from someone who knows her personally :)


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