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Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Today I am sharing my Homemade Oreo Sandwich Cookies with a creamy peppermint filling over at In Katrina’s Kitchen as part of her annual I’ll Bring The Cookies event!

A new cookie recipe every day in December- a virtual blogger cookie swap!

 

Who doesn’t love peppermint this time of year?  It is super easy to make your own homemade sandwich cookies, and then you can put whatever filling you want in them.  Trust me, I walk you thru the process – it is easy!

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

OXO has generously provided a great giveaway for the event, I hope you will enter.


 

Peppermint Sandwich Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge (12 Days of Giveaways) #ChristmasWeek

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Welcome to Day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen from Juanita’s Cocina! Each day we will be celebrating the holidays with a different set of Christmas-themed treats, as well as a fabulous Christmas giveaway. We hope you enjoy this fabulous event. Tune in each day starting today, Monday, December 9th and ending Saturday, December 14th.

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Time for another installment of Christmas Week!  Have you checked out the rest of the week, and all the great giveaways going on?  Don’t miss my Frosted Sugar Cookies (Magimix giveaway), Pomegranate Margaritas (Le Creuset giveaway), and Homemade Caramels (Swissmar Giveaway).  Stay tuned for tomorrow; more cookies and a giveaway worth over $250!  But in the mean time, I have chocolate and peanut butter.  Quite possibly the worlds best flavor combination.

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

My all time favorite fudge is something we have been making since I was a kid.  But I am always up to try something new.  So this year, I decided to go the peanut butter route.  I saw this recipe over at Crazy for Crust months ago, and knew I just had to make it.  It is super easy, no thermometer, or boiling sugar….just melt and go.  Plus add in peanut butter cups, because life is just better with them.

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge

Seriously, this peanut butter cup fudge could not get any easier.  I think it took about 10 minutes, and it was cooling and just waiting for me to slice into it.  That has to be the hardest part; waiting for it to harden.   When Dorothy made the fudge she topped with with peanuts.  Great idea, but I am not a fan of nuts with my desserts.  I know that is strange, but I just don’t like it.  So I decided why not just add more peanut butter cups.  You can decide which way you like better :)  As for the giveaway, I am jealous!!  The new Pioneer Woman cookbook is on my Christmas list this year.  And I used Freund products when I made my spice rack this year.  I have other projects on my to do list that they would be perfect for (organizing my pantry).

Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
 
Serves: 36
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Chocolate and peanut butter come together for a super easy fudge.
Ingredients
  • 16 peanut butter cups, unwrapped
  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup peanut butter cup, crushed
Instructions
  1. Line a 9 inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Lay unwrapped peanut butter cups across the bottom of the pan (rows of 4).
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, melt together chocolate chips and condensed milk. Once completely melted and smooth remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
  4. Pour over peanut butter cups.
  5. Sprinkle crushed cups over the chocolate, lightly pressing down.
  6. Allow to cool completely before slicing.
  7. Store in an air tight container.
Notes
Recipe barely adapted from Crazy for Crust

 

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***This giveaway is for one $250 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply, as well as one copy of “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays”. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety; any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents. However, it should be noted that due to current International shipping rates, any Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders. ***

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***Disclaimer: This gift certificate is being provided by Freund Container & Supply, while the cookbook has been provided by Juanita’s Cocina. #ChristmasWeek bloggers have not received product or been compensated as a part of this giveaway.***

Cherry Nougat Cookies (12 Days of Giveaways)

Cherry Nougat Cookie

Cherry Nougat Cookie

Time for another giveaway today!  Have you entered to win my all time favorite spatula or a copy of The New Southwest?  After you enter today’s fun giveaway, make sure you go enter those two.  Tis’ the season for giving, next week is full of giveaways almost every day (plus lots of Christmas recipes).  Have you started your holiday baking yet?  Hopefully you have room for more treats, because I have lots of ideas for you over the next couple of weeks.

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

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!

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls

Peanut Butter Chocolate Balls labeled

You all know that I am a huge fan of chocolate and peanut butter, so this recipe should come as no surprise.  These have become a staple at my house during the holidays.  My dad was never a fan of peanut butter, so we didn’t really have many peanut butter treats growing up.  Peanut Blossoms were pretty much the extent.  But then I grew up, and now I control what was in the house, and peanut butter it is!

Years ago before I had my son, I did a cookie exchange with some women I worked with.  We did it for a few years, each year was a little different.  Some times we actually baked together, some years we just met for dinner and handed out our cookies.  Every year we walked away with a great selection, and had a great time.  My friend Beth, was always in charge of the Buckeye’s.  One year, after I had moved away, she knew I liked them so much, she even sent me some!  But this year, I am making my own, using her recipe.

She is from Ohio, and a big Ohio State fan.  I am not.  So I chose to completely cover mine in chocolate, and change the name.  Being from Wisconsin, making “Buckeyes” just seems wrong.  I am not sure of the origin of the recipe, it is just what she has been making for years, and has been passed on to me.  A few of these are going to my son’s teachers as part of their gifts this year.  I am sure they will be appreciated.

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Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies

Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies 4 labeled

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.

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