Holiday Mint Cookies

This may be Santa’s favorite cookie. If he is anything like us, he will not be able to keep his fingers off the cookie plate.

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Hello, fellow cookie lovers! How was your weekend? Adam and I had the best time visiting lots of friends and enjoying the Christmas season with those who matter most to us. When we made the initial plans to get on the road and travel to Iowa, I remember being worried about the weather. I am always hesitant to go anywhere when there is lots of snow in the forecast and temperatures are dropping extremely low. But have you noticed the absence of weather talk here on the blog lately? Things are super warm (high 40s) and there’s not a single flake of snow on the ground as of right now.

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Things are feeling a little weird, but the hubby and I are loving it. We’re not being trapped inside by Mr. Frost, have no snow to shovel, and most importantly aren’t freezing cold. Running errands and having full feeling in all of my limbs is a beautiful thing. And even though we aren’t covered in anything white, we are definitely feeling Christmas in the air.

Which may or may not be largely due to these Holiday Mint Cookies. Who needs snow when you have cookies to get you in the mood? I take cookies over winter anytime ;).

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Not only is today’s cookie recipe extra special because I made them featuring my favorite flavor of the season, which is peppermint, but they were made with The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap in mind. Over 500 food bloggers from all over the world came together to give you plenty of recipes to choose from so you can host or shine at your own cookie swap. Everyone that’s participating is posting their recipe today. How cool is that? There’ll be a big roundup of all the recipes later this week and I will surely let you know when the link is up and running. Click HERE to see all of the cookie recipes.

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I myself was fortunate enough to receive 3 lovely cookie packages from Erin, Kaitlin, and Cindy. Thank you so much, ladies! I can personally vouch that each of their cookie creations are absolutely delicious and would be a huge hit at any Christmas get-together or cookie exchange party.

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These cookies of mine have captured my heart though. I had a difficult time giving them away and so did Adam. The look on his face when he saw and smelled the cookies in the oven was priceless. He did end up taste-testing a few and they definitely gained his stamp of approval. Both of us adore the subtle hint of peppermint extract in the cookies themselves and don’t even get me started on the Holiday Mint M&M’s.

There’s some serious chewy cookie awesomeness going on here. I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t like these, which of course, makes them perfect for sharing. But when I make these cookies again, I know exactly who will be devouring these. My hubby and I while watching Christmas movies.

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Have the happiest Monday, friends!

Holiday Mint Cookies
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These cookies are proof that this is the most scrumptious time of year. They are addictively good!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  2. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  3. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  4. 1/2 cup shortening
  5. 2 large eggs
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  11. 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  12. 1 cup peppermint (holiday mint) m&m's
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 370 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 1.In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together sugars, butter and shortening. Add eggs and mix until incorporated. Add vanilla as well as the peppermint extract, salt and baking soda. Mix until smooth.
  3. 3.With your mixer set to its slowest setting, add 2 cups of flour. Mix until combined with the wet mixture. Add the final cup and mix until a smooth dough forms. Remove bowl from the mixer. Add chocolate chips and m&m's and fold in with a spatula.
  4. 4.Using a cookie scoop, place cookie dough balls onto prepared baking sheet and put into the oven. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are slightly brown. Leave on the cookie sheet for a couple of minutes to cool and then transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk!
Notes
  1. Cookies will keep up to 1 week stored in an airtight container or up to 3 weeks in the freezer.
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Comments

  1. I love a good M&M cookie, and these look SO fluffy/chewy, absolutely delish!

  2. These look so chewy and yummy!

  3. Kathi, the directions say to preheat the oven to 370 degrees. Is that correct?? These look perfect for Christmas!!!

  4. I want these asap! I love love love mint & chocolate and these look so good!

  5. I really hope that you haven’t just jinxed yourself with your glorious weather! (whenever I mention how nice it is, that’s usually the last nice day, ha!) These cookies are just gorgeous, I can imagine how tough it must have been to send them off!

  6. CAROLE POHL says:

    too bad that YOUE SOFTWARE is setup so when I hit point button it does not print soon I am unable to use the recipe your website SUCKS!!

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