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Hershey's Peppermint Macadamia Nut Oatmeal Cookies


My house is Christmafied!  Yes, that is a word!  We got our Christmas tree on Saturday, and boy was that an adventure.  My husband and I both grew up going to a Christmas Tree Farm, and cutting down our own tree.  Since we have been married though, we have never lived near a place where that was economical or easily accessible.  Well that all changed this year.  We live near the mountains, and the mountains have trees!  Saturday morning we were doing our research to see where we should go.  My husband came across information about a National Forest that allowed you to cut down trees.  You could buy a permit and trek into the forest to get your tree (snow shoes recommended).  One little problem, you needed a 4wd vehicle.  After calling around we found a place that had a 4wd vehicle available to rent for the afternoon.  So we got all of our stuff together and set out on our National Lampoon Adventure.  We had to drive about an hour to get there, but once there it was amazing.  We were surprised  by how many people were there (a couple hundred at least).  Smokey the Bear was there to greet everyone and take pictures.  We got on our snow shoes and trekked through the National Forest to find a tree!  In the end we cut down one small tree for our 6 year old to decorate, and then went to a local place to get a big family tree.  As much fun as it was, the trees were all very much Charlie Brown trees.  It was a “Forest” afterall.  I do think this will become a tradition though, it was something we could have never done living in the Midwest.

Ok, onto the food!

Oh! Nuts contacted me to see if I would like to try some of their nuts for my Holiday baking.  Of course I would!!  I wanted to do a holiday version of a White Chocolate Macadamian Nut Cookie.  I love the Candy Cane Hershey’s Kisses, and knew they would be a major player in my recipe.  Then, I saw these White Chocolate Peppermint cookies over at Love from the Oven, and knew this was along the lines of what I was looking for.   I was very nervous about baking cookies in the altitude, but it worked!!  They came out thick and chewy.  You can see my alterations in blue below if you are baking at anything over 3500 feet.

These would make the perfect addition to your holiday cookie tray.  They are soft, chewy, full of peppermint, and have the crunch from the nuts.

 

Comments

  1. Sounds delicious, thank for sharing.

  2. Sounds delicious, thank for sharing.

  3. I’ve never been a big fan of peppermint in my treats, but these looks so pretty! I might have to give the mint another try…

  4. I’ve never been a big fan of peppermint in my treats, but these looks so pretty! I might have to give the mint another try…

  5. These look wonderful. Love the photographs!

  6. These look wonderful. Love the photographs!

  7. Oooh, I love a good chewy oatmeal cookie, but macadamia nuts always add such a perfect subtle flavor. :) My wife would love the peppermint addition, too!

  8. Oooh, I love a good chewy oatmeal cookie, but macadamia nuts always add such a perfect subtle flavor. :) My wife would love the peppermint addition, too!

  9. Peppermint with macadamia…so interesting!

  10. Peppermint with macadamia…so interesting!

  11. Those cookies look so festive. The whole combination sounds wonderful.

  12. Those cookies look so festive. The whole combination sounds wonderful.

  13. What a fun adventure! Cutting down Christmas trees always reminds me of the movie Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. Such a classic, haha. But that is too cool! These cookies sound delicious. I’m a huge peppermint fan, and love the addition of Macadamia nuts.

  14. What a fun adventure! Cutting down Christmas trees always reminds me of the movie Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. Such a classic, haha. But that is too cool! These cookies sound delicious. I’m a huge peppermint fan, and love the addition of Macadamia nuts.

  15. These cookies would definitely put me in the holiday mood. They look delicious.

  16. These cookies would definitely put me in the holiday mood. They look delicious.

  17. What a lovely adventure to go down and cut your own tree. I remember when my son was a baby we decided it would be our tradition to go to a Christmas Tree Farm and cut down our own tree. Cutting the tree down was harder work that my hubby thought. :) We did it that first year only. LOL! These cookies look fantastic. How lucky for you to get some lovely macadamia nuts to use. Great job and recipe!! I love that your house is Christmafied… I need to get there. :)

  18. What a lovely adventure to go down and cut your own tree. I remember when my son was a baby we decided it would be our tradition to go to a Christmas Tree Farm and cut down our own tree. Cutting the tree down was harder work that my hubby thought. :) We did it that first year only. LOL! These cookies look fantastic. How lucky for you to get some lovely macadamia nuts to use. Great job and recipe!! I love that your house is Christmafied… I need to get there. :)

  19. What an adventure! I have never cut down my Christmas tree… even though I grew up having (tree nursery bought) real trees for Christmas… you cannot beat the smell of a real tree… No such luck since I moved to Australia… too warm here! :-(

    Delicious cookies!

  20. What an adventure! I have never cut down my Christmas tree… even though I grew up having (tree nursery bought) real trees for Christmas… you cannot beat the smell of a real tree… No such luck since I moved to Australia… too warm here! :-(

    Delicious cookies!

  21. I love the tradition of cutting down a Christmas tree in the National Forest. We live in Montana and this is very popular around here, although, yes they are all very Charlie Brown-esque!
    These cookies look delicious. I am not sure I have ever had the nuts and mint combo in the same cookie, but I’d love to try it!

  22. I love the tradition of cutting down a Christmas tree in the National Forest. We live in Montana and this is very popular around here, although, yes they are all very Charlie Brown-esque!
    These cookies look delicious. I am not sure I have ever had the nuts and mint combo in the same cookie, but I’d love to try it!

  23. Look at these!! I would never have thought to add macademia nuts to peppermint cookies! But these sound fabulous!

  24. Look at these!! I would never have thought to add macademia nuts to peppermint cookies! But these sound fabulous!

  25. I love those peppermint Hershey kisses, but never thought to pair them with macadamia nuts…genius! These look like a wonderful holiday cookie :) I’ve never been to a tree farm, but it’s definitely on the bucket list.

  26. I love those peppermint Hershey kisses, but never thought to pair them with macadamia nuts…genius! These look like a wonderful holiday cookie :) I’ve never been to a tree farm, but it’s definitely on the bucket list.

  27. I love the word “christmafied!” :-) I hope to decorate this weekend, I finally have weekends off again, YAY! Love your cookies, I have never had the candy cane kisses, love them:-) Hugs, Terra

  28. I love the word “christmafied!” :-) I hope to decorate this weekend, I finally have weekends off again, YAY! Love your cookies, I have never had the candy cane kisses, love them:-) Hugs, Terra

  29. It sounds like a delightful new tradition and the cookies are delicious! I believe your blog is now officially Christmasfied!

  30. It sounds like a delightful new tradition and the cookies are delicious! I believe your blog is now officially Christmasfied!

  31. What a delicious festive looking cookie Erin! What a wonderful flavor combo you created.

  32. What a delicious festive looking cookie Erin! What a wonderful flavor combo you created.

  33. Erin….these look amazing…..so many great ingredients in one cookie! So glad your house is Christmafied…..and now you get to enjoy the rest of the season! : )

  34. Erin….these look amazing…..so many great ingredients in one cookie! So glad your house is Christmafied…..and now you get to enjoy the rest of the season! : )

  35. These are so cute and festive. I love the idea of using the kisses!

  36. These are so cute and festive. I love the idea of using the kisses!

  37. tq for sharing ur adventure story to get the x’mas tree erin, what an adventure!
    and tq for sharing the recipe with us, this one will be great fr christmas ;)

  38. tq for sharing ur adventure story to get the x’mas tree erin, what an adventure!
    and tq for sharing the recipe with us, this one will be great fr christmas ;)

  39. Erin, I hadn’t thought about you making that altitude adjustment in your new kitchen — looks like you’ve acquired the knack already! Snow-shoeing in the mountains in search of a tree must have been exhilarating — what a wonderful new tradition for your family. :)

  40. Erin, I hadn’t thought about you making that altitude adjustment in your new kitchen — looks like you’ve acquired the knack already! Snow-shoeing in the mountains in search of a tree must have been exhilarating — what a wonderful new tradition for your family. :)

  41. We Christmasfied our apartment a few weeks ago. We always travel for the holiday so I figure we can put up our decorations before Turkey day so we can enjoy them for longer! These cookies look so tasty! Love the use of the festive peppermint kisses and the macadamia nuts!

  42. We Christmasfied our apartment a few weeks ago. We always travel for the holiday so I figure we can put up our decorations before Turkey day so we can enjoy them for longer! These cookies look so tasty! Love the use of the festive peppermint kisses and the macadamia nuts!

  43. Wow these cookies look amazing! Love the peppermint and macadamia nut combo. Yum!

  44. Wow these cookies look amazing! Love the peppermint and macadamia nut combo. Yum!

  45. Oh my! These are perfect! Love the mint and macadamia combination.

  46. Oh my! These are perfect! Love the mint and macadamia combination.

  47. I’m so glad you do a week in review! I missed these fabulous cookies….mmmmmmm.

  48. I’m so glad you do a week in review! I missed these fabulous cookies….mmmmmmm.

  49. mmm Macadamia Nut Cookies are one of my favorites!

  50. mmm Macadamia Nut Cookies are one of my favorites!

  51. Great post, I admire the writing style :) A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool.
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    • I am new to wordpress and hosting my own site. When I click on themes it says Current Theme: Suffusion 3.9.2 by Sayontan Sinha
      Hope that helps!
      Thanks so much for stopping by :)

  52. Great post, I admire the writing style :) A little off topic here but what theme are you using? Looks pretty cool.
    my blog is [url=http://cheapfamilyvacations.blogspot.com/]family vacation ideas[/url].

    • I am new to wordpress and hosting my own site. When I click on themes it says Current Theme: Suffusion 3.9.2 by Sayontan Sinha
      Hope that helps!
      Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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