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.
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!
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.
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.