Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt and Some of the Best Chrismtas Cookies Ever

Woohoo…. it’s Friday!!!!!!! And I’m going to cram as much awesome Christmas stuff as I can into this one post. Have you guys finished your Christmas shopping yet? Only 12 more days! I haven’t completely finished, but I’ve made a huge dent. Thanks to all of the ice days, I was able to sit down and do tons of online shopping…. Amazon to the rescue! Let’s start this post off with what we all want this year, and that’s a cookie that just bursts with Christmasness {new word}. This is that cookie! If you love peppermint, you have to make this cookie.

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Cookies | Hungry Healthy Girl

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Cookies
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Serves: 45 cookies
A cookie bursting with Christmas flavor!
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2-1/4 cups flour (all-purpose will work best)
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 10 oz. bag peppermint crunch baking chips; such as Andes brand
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  2. Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Blend in eggs, vanilla and peppermint extract. Add flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in peppermint crunch baking chips.
  4. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, 1-1/2 inches apart, onto baking sheet. *Cookies will spread.
  5. Bake 9 to 11 min. or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 3 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.

Peppermint Crunch Christmas Cookies | Hungry Healthy Girl

The holidays are a time for eating foods that you might not always indulge on and enjoying the tastes and flavors of the season. To enhance the deliciousness of this cookie, I used white flour, butter and regular sugar. Feel free to adapt this recipe and change out the ingredients to make these cookies a little on the healthier side. However I will warn you, you may loose the “Christmas cookie” texture and scrumptiousness! These are soft, chewy and absolutely fabulous…. I wouldn’t want you to mess that up! I adapted these from Santa’s Favorite Christmas Cookies.

Last year we had such a blast with the Christmas light scavenger hunt, that I decided to come up with my own printable list to share with you guys.

[print_this]Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt | Hungry Healthy Girl[/print_this]

Last year, the kids and I hopped in the car with our blankets, cocoa and cookies and went in search of the most beautiful lights we could find; including everything on our scavenger hunt list. We listened to Christmas music and had such a blast that I knew we had created a new family tradition.

Something to think about…..

Are you ready for Christmas? Any shopping left to do?

What’s one of your favorite Christmas family traditions?

Have you ever been on a Christmas light scavenger hunt?

Have fun this weekend and enjoy the season!!!! Wish me luck, tomorrow. Since the Dallas Marathon was canceled this past weekend, a running store in the area (Fort Worth Running Company) is putting on a small marathon on Saturday and I’ll be running. I’m very excited to be able to put all of my hard work to use!!



  1. says

    That’s seriously an awesome Christmas tradition, and I may just end up trying to convince my family to go on a scavenger hunt this year. One of my favourite things is going to midnight mass on Christmas Eve. My family is European so we end up having our bigger celebration on Christmas Eve, with presents and dinner followed by a trip to church. Wouldn’t be Christmas without it.
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    • Kim says

      I think if you were able to convince your family to go on the scavenger hunt, they would end up having fun! :) I love your tradition… sounds really special.

  2. says

    Those cookies look yummy. I am a huge peppermint fan, so I may have to put my baking apron on this weekend. Our family traditions seem to change each year as I have family all over the place, but my husband and I love to pack up a backpack with snacks, blankets, and “adult” hot cocoa, and ski out to one of the cabin shelters to sit by the fire. I love snow on Christmas! Once we have kids, that scavenger hunt looks like it would be a big success.

    Hope you have a strong 26.2 this weekend!
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    • Kim says

      You should for sure give these a try…. you won’t be disappointed! I love your tradition of backpacking. Sounds super cozy and romantic!


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