Baking up some holiday favorites, including Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies! The perfect treat to take to an ornament exchange or holiday get together.
I grew up eating chocolate chip cookies. My Mom’s cookies were so good that friends in grade-school would beg me to share when they appeared in my lunch box. It became a source of pride that my Mom made such good cookies that all my friends wanted.
Baking cookies was always an activity she let me help with. From adding ingredients to mixing and finally letting me make them all on my own.
While chocolate chip cookies are now one of the best cookie recipes I make, they aren’t really a holiday cookie. In fact, a friend of mine who used to have a holiday gift exchange banned them from the cookies exchange precisely for that reason. They aren’t holiday cookies.
Well, I found a loophole. Know how you can turn chocolate chip cookies into a holiday treat? Make Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies!
I went to an ornament exchange (still one of my favorite holiday parties) and took a plate of Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies with me to share.
Also, how awesome are my friends Grinch decorations and her white Christmas tree?! This is only one of the multiple trees at her house.
All the guests brought a dish to share and there was quite the spread of delicious goodies to eat.
Some sweet, some savory. Stuffed crescent rolls that I need to recipe for, an amazing new kind of cheese to devour, fresh fruits, fresh sliced bread.
Brownies stuff with candy bars. One of my favorite tricks to spice up boxed brownie mix. And my plate of Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 cup shortening
- 3/4 cups brown sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp peppermint
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 6 oz. mint chocolate baking chips
- Cream together the shortening and sugar.
- Add the vanilla and eggs. Mix well.
- Add the flour, baking soda, and salt to the creamy shortening/sugar mixture. Mi together well.
- Add the mint chocolate baking chips and stir to combine.
- Place rounded spoonfuls on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. (Mine are perfect after 9 minutes.) Take them out when they just start browning on top.
- Place on a cooling rack to cool (just enough to eat).
Ornament exchange success was coming up with this stand mixed ornament! I was smitten when I saw it. I happened to get the first number in the exchange which meant I got the last steal.
What cookie recipe are you making for the holidays? Don’t forget to try my Apple Snickerdoodle recipe.