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A Gift for You

So much sewing and baking going on here, leading up to the holidays. And yet another week of baking and making to go. I went to my very first cookie swap over the weekend, and it was just lovely. Spending an afternoon with other warm, intelligent women was a treat. An unusual treat for me since I am so rarely out and about somewhere without my kids. (We tend to come as a packaged deal, the lot of us here.)

In prepping for the swap, I came across a recipe I’d found last year and made for the first time: chocolate peppermint chocolate chip cookies. Oh my. Let me tell you about how incredibly delicious these cookies are–chewy, chocolatey, minty and speckled with crushed candy cane. Perhaps the best cookie ever.

They are almost impossible to stop eating once you’ve had a taste. (I’m so not kidding.) I would love to send each and every one of you a care package of these sweet treats. But, you know, that would be just slightly impractical.

My gift to you, instead, is the recipe.

Chocolate Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 t. vanilla
2 t. peppermint extract (or 1/2 t. peppermint oil)
1/2 c. crushed candy canes
1 1/2 c. flour
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 c. wheat germ (optional) (just to give it vague nutritional value, because that’s the way I am)
1/2 c. cocoa
2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 – 2 c. chocolate chips

Mix all together. (I crush the candy canes in the food processor–very noisy, but very easy.) Bake @ 350 F for 8-10  minutes. Let cool 5 min on cookie sheet, then place on wire rack to cool completely.

Okay. Go make them. You will not regret it, I promise. :-)

Tell me, what are your favorite cookie recipes of the season?

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2 thoughts on “A Gift for You

  1. bethany

    they look delish, and i’m sure i could sub to make them GF ..and how can anything with 1.5c of butter and that much chocolate not be outstanding?!

    1. j meyers Post author

      Oh, I’m sure you could use a GF flour mixture to make these, Bethany. They are *so* good with the peppermint/chocolate combo, and the extra crunch of the candy cane pieces in the dough (and, of course, all that butter and chocolate!). Let me know how they turn out if you make them GF. Happy baking!