It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
This holiday season, The JetSet Family has partnered with Bob’s Red Mill Flour on this sponsored post. Together we’re about to send a box of love 3,000 miles away.
It really is. I love the holidays so much, but being away from my grandmother always makes me sad. My favorite childhood memories revolve around her living room, with tons of presents, family dinner, and my grandfather meticulously decorating the Christmas tree. I would lay under the tree for what seemed like hours, and I can still remember the scent of the straw hay that he laid near the Nativity way in the back corner. I would marvel at the colored lights and couldn’t wait to open my stocking because my grandmother always filled it with the best stuff.
That was a really long time ago, and now that my grandmother will be 94 this Christmas, so much has changed. Living 3,000 miles away doesn’t help much, but starting new traditions like baking with my daughter and sending care packages home does. While we are fans of traditional Christmas sugar cookies and fingerprint snowballs, this year we’re all about peppermint. Specifically chocolate “peppermint chip” cookies or Peppermint Bark cookies made with love in fancy boxes with fun cards, ribbon, and holiday tags.
Nothing says, “I Love You,” like freshly baked cookies
My grandmother taught me the meaning of love. Love isn’t necessarily what you do for someone, it’s how you make them feel. And this is exactly what I want my daughter to feel. So baking with her, leads to laughter, love, kindness, and feeling the sense of gratitude for each other. If that’s not the epitome of what love stands for, I’m not sure what is.
It’s amazing how the simple task of spending quality time with my daughter doing something we both enjoy will parlay into something much bigger like bringing a smile to someone’s face that really could use a pick me up during the holidays.
Little Bites of Love
Our family loves everything about these Peppermint Bark Cookies. Hubs loves the chocolate wafer-type filling, Kiddo loves the peppermint snow chips, and I love the white chocolate frosting. Between the taste, colors, and smell, this is the perfect Christmas nibble.
- 2 12 ounce package White Chocolate Chips (or chopped good quality white chocolate)
- 1 teaspoon pure peppermint extract (not imitation extract)
- 12 candy canes, crushed
- 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, well packed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup Bob's Red Mill all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup milk
- Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until light, about 2 minutes.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, soda and salt. If there are any lumps of cocoa powder, sift the dry ingredients before adding to the butter.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix just to combine. Add the milk and mix just to combine.
- Form the dough into two 1 1/2-inch-thick logs. Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
- To bake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
- Slice the log of cookie dough into 1/8-inch-thick coins.
- Arrange on the baking sheets with about 1 1/2 inches between the cookies.
- Bake for 8 minutes and then rotate the trays back to front and switch from top and bottom racks. Bake for another 2 minutes or until they are dry looking and firm. Because the cookies are so dark, you can't go by color on these.
- Pour the white chocolate chips into a small microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals stirring after each cycle.
- Once the chocolate is melted, stir in the peppermint extract.
- Dip the top of the wafer cookies in the chocolate to coat and set on a wire rack.
- Sprinkle with the candy canes and allow the cookies to cool until the chocolate is set.
- The finished chocolate wafers should be 1.5" round. For double the fun, add some chocolate frosting between two cookie, then coat with white chocolate and peppermint snow.
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