But instead of thinking…they are learning to die. – Bob Dylan
Nothing makes me happier then Sunday baking, having my husband on the couch and Bobby D on the record player. The weather is grim which makes for the perfect cozy Sunday. Heck, I haven’t even gotten out of my pjs today. Yoga tonight will require a change in attire but that’s a move I’m willing to make.
(we are a mess)
Today I made my final batch of holiday treats before winter break. I haven’t baked for my kids in a couple of weeks because I knew I would be stretched too thin and didn’t want to feel obligated. This week their baked good was listed on the board as “Ms. W’s Holiday Surprise Cookies.” The kids begged and pleaded to hear the ingredients but I stood strong and did not let them know what was in the recipe. I with held information for two reasons. First, they love simplicity (anything complicated scares them) and I knew if I told them that more than one ingredient was int the recipe, they wouldn’t want it. Second, I wasn’t even sure what I was going to make… slick. I knew that I wanted the cookie to have a similar taste to my holiday cookies I made for Stephen’s work but didn’t want to put the same mix ins into the recipe. After scouring the shelved of Trader Joe’s yesterday I came up a FREAKING AWESOME holiday cookie.
Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Cookies
Makes 40 cookies (smaller cookies)
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of peppermint extract
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- teaspoon salt
- 1/2 c chopped chocolate covered pretzel slims
- 1/2 c peppermint baking chips ( I used Trader Joes but I had seen mint chips at Target)
- 10 waffle peppermint cane cookies from Trader Joes (if you don’t have a Traders close to you I used crush up 2 candy canes and add more of the pretzels to the mix)
- Cooking spray or parchment paper
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Beat butter and sugars at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs and 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla, beating until blended.
- 2. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl; gradually add to butter mixture, beating just until blended. Beat pretzels, chips, and cookies just until combined. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto parchment paper-lined baking sheets.
“They taste like Christmas!”
” Chocolately peppermint goodness, 5 stars” – says the husband 🙂