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 | 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.

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Peppermint Crunch Christmas Cookies

A cookie bursting with Christmas flavor!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 2-1/4 cups flour, all-purpose will work best
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 10 oz. bag peppermint crunch baking chips; such as Andes brand

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or cooking spray.
  • Beat butter and sugars in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy.
  • Blend in eggs, vanilla and peppermint extract. Add flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in peppermint crunch baking chips.
  • Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough, 1-1/2 inches apart, onto baking sheet. *Cookies will spread.
  • Bake 9 to 11 min. or until lightly browned. Cool on baking sheets 3 min.; remove to wire racks. Cool completely.

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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!!