Friday, December 17, 2010

Another Gift Idea and Peppermint Crunch Cookies

The first pictures show another gift we gave out this year to friends and neighbors that people loved...those flavored marshmallows. We made them, cut them, bought cute little buckets at Target in the dollar section and put them in saran wrap in the buckets. Then, we bought hot chocolate at the dollar store and wrapped it around the bucket and tied it up with cellophane and wire ribbon. They were cute and SO CHEAP and people loved them!!!

The last pictures show a Christmas cookie that my family loved! My kids went nuts over these cookies! My husband, loved them, too. They are WONDERFUL! To me, peppermint is another one of those "Christmas" flavors. So, here is the recipe!

Peppermint Crunch Cookies

3/4 C butter
1 C sugar
1 egg
1/4 C milk
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 3/4 C + 2 T freshly ground or sifted whole wheat flour
3/4 C peppermint candy

Cream butter and sugar thoroughly. Add egg, beating well for about 1 minute. Add milk and mix thoroughly. Sift together dry ingredients, except peppermint candy, and add to creamed mixture. Stir in peppermint candy. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. (For taller cookies, you can roll them in 1 in. balls before baking.) Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes. I like to bake them for the minimum amount and then take them out and let them continue to slow bake on the cookie sheet for about 15 more minutes. Makes 20-30 cookies.

You can see that the first picture shows the cookies flatter than the second one. In the first one, I didn't roll them into balls, in the second one I did. You can choose to do them whichever way you prefer.

P.S. the pie crust will be gone VERY SOON...get it now if you want it!!!

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