(makes about 40 cookies)
2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup white sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup Dutch process cocoa powder (yes, really)
3 cups flour
9 ounce bag Peppermint Bark Baking Bits
These cookies come together like every other drop cookie you've ever made. If you feel like sifting the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, knock yourself out. (Wash another dish? I think not.)
Cream the butter and sugars together for three minutes until they're fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Mix in the salt, baking soda, baking powder and Dutch process cocoa, then the flour. Finally, turn the mixer on low and add the baking bits.
The cookies will be a little better if you let the batter sit in the fridge for a day, but it's not critical. You do, however, have to portion the cookies into balls and freeze them unless you want flat, cracker-y cookies. Sorry.
I used a #40 disher filled slightly past capacity to make about 42 cookies (maybe more, since I ate batter for lunch). This works out to a scant 2 tablespoons per cookie. Once frozen, you can throw them in a gallon-sized zipper bag and bake a few whenever.
When you NEED COOKIES NOW, bring your oven up to 350 (325 convection) and line a cookie sheet with parchment or foil. Leave about four inches between cookies since they spread a fair bit. I got eight per sheet.
You'll bake the frozen cookies for about 16 minutes, depending on your oven and how many sheets are in there at once. Take a leap of faith and pull them out when they are wet at the cracks and look half-baked. Baked longer, people will hear you crunching them in the next room. Underbaked they stay chewy in the middle. Trust me.
Slide the parchment off the sheet onto a rack or the counter to let the cookies firm up for five minutes, then move the cookies to a rack to cool until the kids come in and snatch them while you're pouring the milk. You could store them in a plastic bag for a couple of days, but why when there are two dozen cookie balls in the freezer?