I have two words for you: Christmas. Cookies.
(I am ridiculously thrilled to start Christmas cookie season. What? That’s not a season? Come on!)
The other night I was talking to Cate online and confessed that while I was excited for Thanksgiving, I was more really super excited for the day after Thanksgiving — and not because it was Black Friday. Why, you wonder? Because the day after Thanksgiving, I give myself permission to indulge in all things Christmas. And I really love the holiday season.
The funny thing is that on Friday, I didn’t really have time for anything Christmas-related. Still, the prospect of decorating for the holiday, putting up my trees and baking scores of Christmas cookies has me giddy with excitement.
I wasted no time in getting started on the cookie baking. I was digging through my archives, looking for a tasty dessert to bring to the Second Annual Food Blogger’s Thanksgiving this weekend and came across my recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies — a recipe that’s been an annual tradition for the last five years. I had to make it — even if it was a Thanksgiving celebration I headed for.
A little back story: Five years ago, I had just given birth to Paige when Shawn asked me to whip up some Christmas gift baskets for several of his coworkers. I was already creating baskets for my cousins and some family friends and baking for Christmas dessert — so what’s a few more baskets, right? Wanting to create a diverse mix of sweets, I whipped up a variety of biscotti, breads and cookies. But, being slightly obsessed with anything that combines chocolate and peppermint, I created a recipe that celebrated those flavors.
The result is these — Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies, which are my very favorite Christmas cookie. (Psst! You can read the original post on these here.) These are totally a cookie worth sharing.
So what’s so special? The rich, chocolatey cookie is spiked with peppermint and dotted with white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate and crushed candy canes. It’s a heavenly holiday combination.