Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

As promised, today I made some more holiday treats! Combine these with my last holiday treat post and you have yourself an amazing Christmas gift for someone special in your life. But first, I'll share with you a little bit of what Jeff and I spent doing last night...

We attempted to make a gingerbread house (no, not from scratch). We bought a kit from Michael's a few weeks ago and since we had nothing to do last night but watch the Giants win, we figured it was a perfect time to make it. Little did we know, it would be a much more complicated process than planned!

Want to see the end result? (note: even my center piece was covered in icing by the end)

Now, do you want to see how it got this way? We started off our evening quietly, with some football and chips and dip...

After our belly's were full, we brought out the gingerbread house...

Jeff got to work right away with the icing. He iced, and then I placed the walls onto the icing...and captured his every move on camera of course! So far, so good...

Then things started to get a little messy. Ok, A LOT messy :/ The icing bag that came with the kit broke and everything went downhill from there.

At first, Jeff kept trying to carefully place the icing on the house despite the broken bag. Eventually though, he gave up and did this:

Which turned into this of course:

Oh well, we just ate some of the candy instead. The house didn't taste good anyway! And since last was an absolute failure, I figured I would try and succeed at making some more holiday cookies today. DONE. These cookies are not only very festive looking, but taste amazing (that is, if you love chocolate & peppermint).

  • 1 cup (2 sticks of butter)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup chocolate cocoa (I used Hershey's)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • About 30 peppermint Hershey Kisses
First, mix the flour, cocoa and salt in a medium sized bowl.

Next, beat the butter, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract well in another bowl.

Mix the flour mixture into the wet mixture and blend well! Refrigerate the dough for about an hour or until the dough is easier to work with. Then, form into small balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees. This should make about 3-4 dozen cookies depending on how big or small you choose to make them!

Once the cookies are done, immediately place the Hershey Kisses into the middle of the cookie then place on a wire rack to cool.

These are SO good, almost better than peanut butter blossoms in my opinion. I still can't choose which one I like more though :)

It snowed here for the first time this season last night. I did not expect to see snow, or have to clean off my car when I woke up! Hope you are enjoying the beauty of the snow if you received any today :)

Check back tonight-Jeff and I will be crossing something off of our bucket list!


Cindy Kruse said... Best Blogger Tips

Hope these are one of my Christmas gifts - you know my affinity for anything with peppermint!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

wow they looks great! well done :)

Brittany (Eating Bird Food) said... Best Blogger Tips

These peppermint blossoms are so cute! Congrats on getting the Foodbuzz Top 9!

Cait Jensen said... Best Blogger Tips

Thanks Brittany! It was quite a surprise to see my cookies on the top 9 this morning :) I read your blog everyday-thanks for your inspiration and constant encouragement!

Joanne said... Best Blogger Tips

I get frustrated with Gingerbread houses as well. I'm all so eager when I start but it takes so darned long to finish the thing, I've had it come time to decorate it.

Love the cookies. I'll take one...or maybe six, please.

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said... Best Blogger Tips

Great looking cookies, I have all the ingredients, just picked up the festive candy cane hershey kisses last night. They are so pretty to look at, even better on top of the chocolate.

Ingrid said... Best Blogger Tips

These look amazing! Yum!

JLo said... Best Blogger Tips

So funny that this was in the top 9 today because I had planned to try and figure out a recipe for exactly this today! Thanks for saving me the hassle!

shannon said... Best Blogger Tips

These blossoms look great! Great Post and congrats on being named Foodbuzz's Top 9!!! That is a pretty cool honor!!!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Did you not use any leavening in these cookies?

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

I hot glued our houses this year:) worked like a charm!

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