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Peppermint Pattie Brownies

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Peppermint Pattie Brownies - Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.

Peppermint Pattie Brownies – Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.  

Peppermint Pattie Brownies - Rich and fudgy brownies with a layer of peppermint pattie candies, and topped with a gooey chocolate ganache.

Today is the day!  Tonight we are getting on a plane and flying to New Zealand for 6 weeks!  We have been planning this trip for what seems like forever.  I never actually thought we would get to this day.  But it crept up on his, and the last few weeks have been so busy trying to get ready.  Now to just travel, go through airports, sit on planes and fly for the next 26 hours.  It will all be worth it.  My parents are taking us to the airport this afternoon, and then spending the next 2 months at our house.  Hopefully they will fall in love with Colorado, and be ready to move here as soon as we get back.

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Christmas Peppermint Patties

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Christmas Peppermint Patties - Red, white and green striped cool mint patties dipped in dark chocolate. An easy homemade candy for the holidays.

Christmas Peppermint Patties – Red, white and green striped cool mint patties dipped in dark chocolate.  An easy homemade candy for the holidays. 

Christmas Peppermint Patties - Red, white and green striped cool mint patties dipped in dark chocolate.  An easy homemade candy for the holidays.

I am so ready for the weekend, but it is only Thursday.  Something about this week has just got me beat!  I have been working crazy hours, trying to get everything done, so I can take some time off when my son is home for Christmas break.  Most of the times that he has days off from school, I still have to work. Hopefully this break, I can keep work to a minimum and actually enjoy time with my family.  Novel idea!

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Peppermint Pattie Milkshakes

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Peppermint Pattie Milkshakes {Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts}

Peppermint Pattie Milkshakes - cool and refreshing for summer

Summer is in full swing and it is time for some treats that will cool you down instead of warming up your house.  As much as I want to bake brownies or cookies, I just can’t bring myself to do it right now.  So instead, I am playing with some ice cream.  Sound good to you?  Yeah, I figured there would not be any objections.

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Peppermint Patty Fudge Cookies

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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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