Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, 7 tablespoons of sugar, baking powder, and salt together until well-combined.
Add in the cubed butter and use your fingers or a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour until it resembles large breadcrumbs. Toss in the chocolate.
In a small bowl, mix together the heavy cream, espresso, yolk, and vanilla. Mix until it is well combined.
Create a well inside the flour mixture and pour in your wet ingredients. Stir until the mixture is combined. Do not overmix. If there are a few streaks of flour, turn out the mixture onto your parchment paper and incorporate by hand as you shape the dough into a large disc that is about one-inch thick.
Cut the disc into 8 equal parts and separate each triangle.
Sprinkle the tops of the scones with the remaining sugar.
Bake for 20 minutes, or until the scones are puffed and a light golden brown.
Set aside to cool.
As the scones are cooling, make the topping.
Mix together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, heavy cream, and water until it forms a smooth consistency. Fill a piping bag with the icing, Cut off the bottom tip of the piping bag.
Crush your peppermints.
Once the scones are cooled, top with the chocolate icing and sprinkle on the peppermint while the glaze is still wet.
Serve immediately. These scones are best within the first 24 hours and can be rewarmed in the microwave with the toppings on for a few seconds.. If you would like these to last longer, ice and add the peppermint only to the ones you intend to eat and reserve the rest for later.
If you want to make these scones ahead of time for Christmas, make the scone dough and cut into triangles as described in the recipe. Freeze on a baking tray for at least two hours before transferring to a freezer bag. To bake, place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at the oven temperature in the recipe and bake for 20 - 25 minutes, or until they are big and golden brown. Glaze and top when ready to serve.
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Peppermint Mocha Scones https://cookienameddesire.com/peppermint-mocha-scones/ December 18, 2017 Amanda @ A Cookie Named Desire