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This week's topic:
Cookie Exchange: Share your favorite cookie recipes for the holidays.
I can't believe this is the final TMST of 2015! Where has the year gone? This will be the last TMST as I will be taking time off between Christmas and New Year to be with my family TMST will return full time in January. In the meantime, let's go out with something delicious and sweet!Christmas is the time of year where we all tend to gorge ourselves on holiday treats. Growing up, my mom and grandma would start baking holiday candies and cookies early in the month, and we ate them non stop. We snarfed down sugar cookies, fudge, divinity and peanut brittle and countless other treats. I have to admit, that these days, I bake very little not because I don't want to, but because I don't like having all the sugary treats around. Those days of having plastic containers stacked full of Christmas goodies are gone. I do at least take time to bake some holiday treats with my kids. We do the traditional sugar cookie recipe that has been in my family for years and years. I shared it previously on the blog you can check it out here.
This year, I am going to share a newer recipe and my favorite sweet treat recipe.
I know everyone goes fanatic over pumpkin spice flavored everything this time of year, but I am one who craves mocha peppermint. It has to be dark or milk chocolate with peppermint, don't give me white chocolate or candy canes, they are yucky. I prefer a nice dark chocolatey bark or cheesecake, or in this case a delicious chocolate cookie with a hint of peppermint.
This recipe is quick and easy to whip up. So try it:
Chocolate Mint Brownie Cookies
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips divided
1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
MELT 3/4 cup morsels in small, heavy saucepan over lowest possible heat. When morsels begin to melt, remove from heat; stir. Return to heat for a few seconds at a time, stirring until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, peppermint extract and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in remaining morsels and nuts. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE in preheated 350° F. oven for 8 to 12 minutes or until sides are set but centers are still soft. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Recipe courtesy of Very Best Baking (See it here).
This second recipe is my all time favorite holiday recipe. My grandmother used to make it for me every year. It is so simple and delicious! Try it!
Grandma's Hershey Coconut Balls
2 large Hershey Bars w. almonds (or you can go without but I love the almonds)
1 carton Cool Whip
1 cup sweetened coconut
Melt Hershey bars either in microwave or double boiler. Fold in Cool Whip. Place in freezer until firm. Roll into balls and roll in coconut to coat or topping of your choice. Must keep refrigerated. (Note if melting in the microwave watch it closely and do not burn it).
Hide these in the back of your freezer and scarf them down! Delicious! My favorite!
I have to admit, there have been years in the past where I mixed it up and stuck it in the freezer and got to lazy to roll it into balls, so we just scooped it out of the container and ate it off spoons. Yeah, life can get crazy sometimes!
So what are some of your favorite must have holiday treats?
I am still on the hunt for a dark chocolate peppermint cheesecake recipe.
Next week's TMST:
Please note this is the final TMST of 2015 as I will be taking time off during Christmas to be with my family. TMST returns on January 5th:
What are your goals for 2016?