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Peppermint Patties

peppermint pattie plate
Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows are back!  Why is this important to you? Because if you want to be the hit of the Christmas goodie parade you are going to want to use these super-charged, JUMBO peppermint-infused marshmallows to make some awesome Peppermint Patties!
jumbo peppermint mallows
In December 2011 I stumbled upon these mallows while shopping for groceries that really mattered – like meat, vegetables, milk, and chocolate. 🙂

I absently threw a bag into my cart thinking they might be good for something during the Christmas baking craze I was about to cause in my kitchen.

peppermint pattie snowman
A few days later I mixed a little almond bark with a few chocolate chips and tossed a couple jumbo peppermint mallows into the warm, dripping, chocolately mixture.  What happened after that only happens say, every two years.  That is because Kraft in their infinite wisdom chose not to produce these awesome Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows in 2012. 🙁

peppermint pat bite
Fast forward to today, December 15, 2013.  I did the really unthinkable and actually ventured into Wal-Mart after church to pick up a few items.  Even my smarter-than-the-average hillbilly husband said, “you want to go to Wal-Mart on Sunday afternoon?  Are you crazy?”

“Yes I am, now let’s get going.”

Kismet. Serendipity. God smiling on me.  Call it whatever you want because I was casually walking down the middle aisle when my eyes dropped to the bottom shelf of all the baking goodies and there I saw them — Jet-Puffed JUMBO Peppermint Mallows.

I am pretty sure I could go on some more about today’s super-find, but I am heading to the kitchen. I’ve got chocolate and almond bark to melt, mallows to dip, friends and family to make happy.  Very, very happy.

Happy Dipping!
Catherine

P.S.  On the back of the package is a recipe for … Peppermint Patties.  That recipe wasn’t there two years ago.  Might they have read my blog post?  ha! ha!

Peppermint Patties
 
You will be the hit of the Christmas parade when you serve these awesome homemade peppermint patties. Every chocolate lover's delight!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 8 oz. chocolate almond bark
  • 30 +/- Jumbo Peppermint Marshmallows
Instructions
  1. Combine chocolate chips and chocolate almond bark and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Cook on high for another 30 seconds. Do not over cook.
  2. Dip each marshmallow in the melted chocolate. Shake gently and place on foil. Leave plain or sprinkle with crushed peppermint candy.
  3. Share with every chocolate lover you know!

It’s December! Cookbook Giveaways – Sugar Cookies and More!

When You Want to Be Joyful

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  Psalm 5:11

In the immortal words of the late Erma Bombeck:
Seize the moment.  Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart!

It’s December.  I am so excited.  It snowed this week in Tennessee.  The deer are gathering around mom’s bird feeder and cleaning up! 🙂  My cupboards are over-flowing with butter, flour, sugar, sprinkles, chocolate, nuts, peppermint, and cookbooks … oh, I am so excited and happy!
THANK YOU to my long time friend Sandy Boyer who has provided the fabulous picture of one of her trays of Christmas cookies for me to use on my blog header.  The only other best thing would be if I were actually eating some of those cookies!  Sandy will make 10 trays of cookies for gifts this season.  She bakes and decorates 15 different kinds of cookies and each tray holds 8 DOZEN!  You don’t have to be a math whiz to know that is ALOT of butter, flour, sugar, eggs and sprinkles!!! Thank you Sandy for sharing this photo! 

As if I am not excited enough
— I am doubly excited about a giveaway I am doing during December.  Do you like cookbooks?  Do you have a cookbook collection?  Do you buy a cookbook just to look at the pictures?  I have four different wonderful cookbooks that I want to giveaway in December.  But, I need your help! In order to be registered for the drawing, I need you to subscribe to this blog and then leave a comment on the designated drawing day.  For instance, next Monday (December 5) I will post a picture of the first book to be given away.  All you need to do is leave a comment that day to be entered in to the drawing.  The “catch” is that we need to have 25 comments in order to give the book away.  I ask you to get your friends, co-workers, mom, neighbor, anyone connected to cyberspace, to also leave a comment so that we can get at least 25 and give away the book!!!  Easy as that!

On to our first cookies of the season.  It seems only fitting to me these are Sugar Cookies!   This is a SHARE recipe from Sandy Boyer.  This is not the recipe she uses for her cut out cookies but rather a melt-in-your-mouth, make 4 dozen cookies in a little over an hour, wonderfully tasty sugar cookie.  My two culinary consultants and I had lots of fun making these.  One of my consultants worked her fingers to the bone dipping sugar while the other one assisted in the taste test!  All around we give this recipe a thumbs up for this season!  However, there was the moment in time when I added the oil while the mixer was on high speed.  The floor wasn’t the only thing I needed to clean up 🙂
In between shopping and wrapping, don’t forget to take some time for a little pot of tea and some sweet sugar cookies while remembering “the reason for the season” when Love came down to earth.

Monday, December 5 will be our first giveaway for a cookbook this season.  Be sure and add your email to our subscription service and then on Monday leave a comment to be automatically entered in the contest!  Good luck!

Many Blessings and Happy Cooking!
Sugar Cookies
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Serves: 48
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter or Margarine, softened
  • 1 cup Vegetable oil
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 cups and 4 tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Cream of Tarter
  • Sugar, Colored sugar or Sprinkles
Instructions
  1. Cream sugars and butter; add oil and beat on high until light and fluffy.
  2. Mix in eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla.
  3. Mix all dry ingredients together and stir into the wet ingredients.
  4. Use small scoop 1.5" diameter and roll into balls.
    Drop balls into sugar and lightly coat.
  5. Spray cookie sheet lightly with canola oil. Press ball down on cookie sheet to flatten slightly.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 minutes. They will be light colored but done at 10 minutes. If you want them crispy and brown add another minute or two. They will flatten out some when they bake so make sure you leave enough room for them to spread slightly.
  7. Frosting, optional. Makes about 4 dozen depending on the ball size.
Notes
Frosting is optional.


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