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Mixed Berry & Mint Slushies

Mixed Berry & Mint Slushies - fun summer treat

Mixed Berry & Mint Slushies - fun summer treat

We just got back from the best vacation in Costa Rica.  We spent the last 2 weeks there, and it was so incredible.  For the first week, we were in a rented house near Manuel Antonio with family.  This year is my in-laws 45th wedding anniversary, and instead of a big party they wanted to take us, and my SIL’s family on a trip.  We zip-lined, toured rainforests, repelled down waterfalls, went snorkeling, and saw tons of wild life.  The second half of our trip was just the 3 of us in the Southern part of the country, in an area called Corcovado.  That was much more remote and definitely a different experience.  It is so good to be back, but that is a trip we will remember for a life time!  I can not wait to share it all with you in “Thursday Things” over the next month, or as soon as I can get through all our pictures!

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Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies

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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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Grasshopper Pie #ChristmasWeek & Giveaway

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Grasshopper Pie – A light and creamy pie. Chocolate cookie crust, with a creamy mint filling. Great for the holidays.

Grasshopper Pie - A light and creamy pie. Chocolate cookie crust, with a creamy mint filling. Great for the holidays.

Welcome to day #5 of Christmas Week, a multi-blogger event co-hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. Today’s theme for Christmas Week is “Christmas Pies and Pastries”.  I hope you enjoyed this week as much as I have.  So many great bloggers, and so many great recipes!  And to top it off today we have an amazing Giveaway for you!

This pie is a Christmas tradition on my husbands side of the family.  It has quickly become the thing I look forward to most with desserts at my in-laws over Christmas.  It is the classic mint and chocolate combination that I love this time of year.  It is also super light, that you always have room for it, even after a large meal.  And a bonus, there is no baking involved!

Grasshopper Pie - A light and creamy pie. Chocolate cookie crust, with a creamy mint filling.

My son enjoys this pie as well.  That wasn’t always the case though.  When he was a little younger we would joke that there was real grasshoppers in there, and that was why it was green.  He played it off like he didn’t believe us, but still wouldn’t touch the pie.  Now his smart 7 year old self knows better, and made sure he had a good sized slice when we had it for our early Christmas this year.

Grasshopper Pie - A light and creamy pie. Chocolate cookie crust, with a creamy mint filling. Great for the holidays.

Make sure you visit all the participating bloggers today to see what special dish they whipped up for you.

Christmas Apple Pie from Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic

Pumpkin Cheesecake Fried Pies from Jen of Juanita’s Cocina

Chocolate Angel Pie from Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Pie from Anuradha of Baker Street

Cheese Danish Pie from Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker

Bakewell Tarts from Isabelle of Crumb

Grasshopper Pie from Erin of Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

Cranberry Fritters from Erin of The Spiffy Cookie

Cinnamon Pecan Crescent Rolls from Ramona of Curry and Comfort

Banketstaaf (Dutch Christmas Log) from Heather of Girlichef

Eggnog and Cranberry Christmas Braid from Cathy of The Dutch Baker’s Daughter

Raspberry Galette from Chung-Ah of Damn Delicious

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Chocolate Mousse


Today is something a little different for me.  This is one of those recipes that you make, and don’t tell people what is in it, until they are done.  Then they are shocked and surprised, because they would never have even tried it otherwise.  I am a picky eater, and I can tell you I am one of the people this recipe is designed to trick.  I was skeptical, but went for it anyway, and guess what?  You would never know what is in there!  You are all wondering what I am talking about, right?  Tofu.  That is right people, I actually bought a pack of tofu, made this, fed it to my family and they had no clue.  (insert evil laugh here).

I had heard of this before, but when Ann over at Healthy Cooking for Me made it and gave it rave reviews I just had to try it.  I am not a big fan of orange and chocolate together (gasp), which is what Ann did.  So I went with the another classic; mint and chocolate.  I was honestly shocked there was no after taste, strange texture thing, or even a hint of anything but chocolate and mint.  I will say one thing, it was thinner than I thought mousse should be.  It has been years since I have had mousse, but I remember it being thick.  This was more like a thick pudding consistency.  Maybe a firmer tofu would help with that?  I have zero experience with tofu, so maybe someone else could help with this!  But if you want to try a super quick and easy mousse, with less guilt, this really is the way to go.

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Andes Mint Cookies

Andes Mint Cookies - super easy cookies with an Andes Mint "glaze" on top

Andes Mint Cookies – super easy cookies that start with a cake mix.  They are then topped with an Andes Mint “glaze”

Andes Mint Cookies - super easy cookies with an Andes Mint "glaze" on top


Andes Mint Cookies photos were updates as of 12/12/14

Pinterest has done it to me again!!  I could spend all day there….

Chocolate and mint is a classic flavor combination this time of year, and it seems like you either love it or hate it.   I love it.  When I saw these cookies from Six Sisters Stuff, I fell in love immediately.  It was only a matter of how soon I could make them.  They are super easy too, they start out with a cake mix!  I unfortunately didn’t have a cake mix in the house, so I had to get resourceful.  I found a recipe to make your own cake mix!  It was super simple to put together in the food processor.

Andes Mint Cookies {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

I LOVED these cookies.  They were slightly under baked, so they were fudgy and just so good!  My cookies are not as thick as the original recipe, but I blame that on my own cake mix, the altitude, and my uncertainty for how many cups are in a box mix.  Thin or not, I am so glad I still have some of these in the freezer!

Andes Mint Cookies - super easy cookies that start with a cake mix.  They are then topped with an Andes Mint "glaze"

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