I am taking a break from Christmas Week today to be part of the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. This is my first year participating, but the 3rd year it has been around. The organizers Lindsay and Julie out did themselves this year. Each participant paid $4 to be a part of the swap. We then sent out 1 dozen cookies to 3 different people. So you then receivee 1 dozen cookies from 3 different people. This year the corporate sponsors were OXO, Dixie Sugar Crystals, Grandma’s Molasses, and Gold Medal Flour. Each company matched our donations, so we raised over $13,000 for Cookies for Kid’s Cancer.
Holiday baking is in full swing. Everything from cookies to candies are getting worked on in my house. That also means it is time to start thinking about what to give teachers, friends, and neighbors for gifts. I love giving something homemade. To me, it says so much more than a gift card to a coffee place. It shows you really care, and took the time out of your day to create something for them. Plus giving something with chocolate and peanut butter, is a sure way to make someones day!
It is December and it is full on baking season. With Thanksgiving being so late this year, I feel like Christmas is right around the corner. It is hard to fit all of the goodies I want to share with you in! But there is always room for chocolate, and today is the December #chocolateparty! This month the challenge was to make a chocolate cookie. Anything chocolate would do. Pretty easy, huh? I mean, it is chocolate!
It is Friday, are you ready for the weekend? Do you have something special planned for Mom on Sunday? I sent my Mom and MIL special gifts in the mail this week. As for our house, I leave that up to the boys. Usually my husband does a great job of doing something special for me on Mother’s Day. Last year we went mini-golfing, he made breakfast and lunch for us, and then we all made homemade pasta for dinner. Personally, I don’t need much. Doing the dishes, and cooking a meal is perfect in my book.
I am sure I have told you this before, but I love mint and chocolate together, especially during this time of year. So when you have a chocolatey, fudgy cookie that includes York Peppermint Patties, I am in love. In my adult life, Peppermint Patties have become a guilty pleasure of mine.
I saw these cookies awhile ago on Pinterest, and knew they would make a great holiday cookie. And boy was I right! They are rich and full of chocolate. But the peppermint swirled throughout leaves such a cooling and light finish to them. I haven’t brought cookies to school in awhile, so I decided to change that. I brought them right before their lunch break, so I was still there when they were being eaten. Let’s just say they went over well. I made them wait a whole 6 days for the recipe, so hopefully they still love me
I know there are lots of people out there who aren’t big bakers, so I am going to let you in on a little secret. The trick to a great cookie….under bake it. Seriously. Not crazy amounts, just a minute or two. They stay soft and chewy for much longer. Plus if you want to microwave it for a few seconds for the fresh out of the oven taste, they are still gooey! And in my opinion, nothing beats a gooey cookie.
Welcome to Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Each day we will be celebrating a new holiday baking theme where each blogger makes a dish they love. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting Monday December 3rd and ending Friday December 7th.
Today also happens to be the December #ChocolateParty, where our themed ingredient was peppermint/mint. Considering chocolate and mint are my favorite combination this time of year, this was easy for me!
I can’t even tell you how good these cookies were. I took them into my son’s school for the teachers, and I had an email right away asking when I was posting the recipe. I made these over a month ago, so I had to send the recipe ahead of time. These were that good, they couldn’t wait. Pudding is magic in cookies, I have said that before. But it still makes me happy every time I use it :) They are just so soft and chewy, even days later!
I made a similar cookie last year using Andes Mints, but this time I used the baking bits. The bits are perfect, you get a little mint in each bite. If you can’t find the bits, you could just chop up a the regular sized mints. That might even be better, because then you get bigger chunks :) If you are a fan of chocolate and mint, trust me when I say you HAVE to try these!