Homemade Thin Mints – Day 6

Homemade Thin Mint Recipe- A simple, 4-ingredient recipe for everyone's favorite cookie! Part of our 13 Days of Christmas Baking !

Homemade Thin Mint Recipe- A simple, 4-ingredient recipe for everyone’s favorite cookie! Part of our 13 Days of Christmas Baking !

Today’s recipe is another fairly simple “cookie” that uses only 4 ingredients: Thin Mints!! I immediately think of Girl Guide (scout) cookies when someone mentions Thin Mints, taking me back to my childhood days of walking the neighborhood streets selling door-to-door competing with my fellow Guides. So you can imagine my excitement when Carol from Weeknight Dish offered to be a part of our Baking Frenzy and shared with me her recipe for these delicious gems, and I really think you guys are going to love them!

There is something about Christmas and peppermint that goes together so perfectly (maybe it is all the years of candy cane eating I have under my belt) and I am excited to start a new tradition of including these in my yearly bake-fest.

Anyways, enough blabbing, you came here for the Thin Mint Recipe right?!

Homemade Thin Mints

Ingredients

  • Ritz crackers
  • 10 oz. semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. oil I use coconut oil
  • 3-4 drops Young Living Peppermint Essential Oil

Instructions

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Classic Whipped Shortbread Cookie – Day 4

Today is a little bit different from our first 3 days! We decided to pull out a classic from our cookie vault and share our Classic Whipped Shortbread Cookie (in case you missed it last year). This was one of our most popular cookie recipes, and continues to see love from everyone who makes it! It is so, soooo easy to make and melts in your mouth with each bite, it has to be one of my favorites, and definitely one I look forward to making every year.

Whipped Shortbread Cookies

 

This recipe is great because it makes a ton of cookies, with little effort (and I don’t know about you, but time is LIMITED  during Christmas in our household!). It makes about 4 dozen cookies, and they freeze wonderfully…which means you can make them ahead of time and pop em in the freezer until you are ready to put your goodie trays together.

CHECK OUT THE RECIPE: WHIPPED SHORTBREAD COOKIES HERE!!!

Be sure to check out the first 3 days of our 2016 Christmas Baking Frenzy and let us know what cookies and treats you’ve made for yourself!

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White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti – Day 3

This White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti cookie recipe is full of so much goodness! It is perfect with a cup of coffee, or as a late night snack...the flavors combine everything we love about the Holidays, and hope you enjoy too!

This White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti cookie recipe is full of so much goodness! It is perfect with a cup of coffee, or as a late night snack…the flavors combine everything we love about the Holidays, and hope you enjoy too!

This is one of our FAVORITE cookies to make at Christmas time!!! It takes a little bit more time than most of our other cookies, but trust me they are more than worth it! These Biscotti are loaded with cranberries and almonds, with a hint of white chocolate and even orange juice (Mmm, I know right?!).

Christmas-Biscotti

Now, like the rest of our Christmas Baking Frenzy cookies, these Biscotti are perfect for adding to a goodie tray for a friend or neighbor, and are even gorgeous on their own in a simple mug as a teachers gift! (Or you could save them all for yourself…we won’t tell!). Be sure to make a double batch, these freeze great and will hold up to 3 months (in a sealed airtight container)!

White Chocolate Cranberry Biscotti

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c Butter softened
  • 1 1/2 c Sugar
  • 3 lg Eggs
  • 3 squares White Bakers Chocolate melted and cooled
  • 2 3/4 c Flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Almond Extract
  • 1/4 c Orange Juice no pulp
  • 1/2 c Toasted chopped Almonds (we use slivered, you can use whole and chop more)
  • 1/2 c Dried Cranberries rough chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. In stand mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. In a small bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt, add to wet mixture and mix well.
  4. Add orange juice and extract, beating until well combined. Stir in chopped almonds and cranberries.
  5. Divide dough in half, place each half on a lightly greased and floured baking sheet and shape into a 9"x 2" "log" (see photos)
  6. Bake 25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool 10 mins. Cut each log into about 12 3/4" slices, place cut side down on baking sheet and bake an additional 15-20 minutes (turn over halfway through) and remove once each side is lightly golden
  7. *Make sure to check halfway through as each oven is different and you do not want them to burn
  8. Once cooled you can drizzle with semi-sweet or white chocolate!

Here are some photos showing the progression of the delicious Biscotti!

Your Biscotti batter should be thick, and you want to make sure that the cranberries and almonds are mixed evenly throughout

Your Biscotti batter should be thick, and you want to make sure that the cranberries and almonds are mixed evenly throughout

Spread your batter into a "log" shape on your cookie sheet.

Spread your batter into a “log” shape on your cookie sheet.

They are ready when they get a nice golden brown! You want to ensure they look like this before flipping to go back into the oven for the final cook.

They are ready when they get a nice golden brown! You want to ensure they look like this before flipping to go back into the oven for the final cook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites – Day 1

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Okay guys I can’t even pretend to hide my EXCITEMENT that the 13 Days of Christmas Baking is back!! We are starting it off with a bang with a delicious truffle recipe with everyone’s favorite ingredient: peanut butter! I have literally been thinking up ideas and baking away for the past 365 days in preparation for this years list…and I even have some fellow bloggers along this year to share a cookie or two from their recipe box! Are you excited now!? I know, Christmas is still a few weeks away, but guys so many of these goodies can be made far in advance so you can freeze them and put them away for your Christmas trays (woohoo, anything to save time closer to the holidays and I am one happy girl).

So, be sure to follow along for the next couple of weeks to see all 13 Days of Christmas Baking and let me know which goodies you make!! I will also be sharing a few gift ideas and guides to make your Holiday Season even more stress free (you’re welcome)…and if you are like me, you have a TON of people to make trays for, I will be sharing some VITAL tips for packaging and sending your cookies away for their journey.

 

So, are you ready to get baking?! Today’s goodie is a delicious Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bite (adapted from Restless Chipotle). It is so easy to make, literally it takes 10 minutes to put together (plus chill time) and it will blow your mind! The peanut butter mixes with the pretzels to give a nice crunchy texture and then is covered in a delicious milk chocolate coating, sending your taste buds into Elf Town! Mmm! I tested out the recipe and made enough to bring to a family event, where they were DEVOURED…everyone is still asking me to make them again, but they will have to wait for their Christmas trays!

Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites

A delicious "truffle" filled with peanut butter and pretzels and coated in chocolate! They take 10 mins to make and are guaranteed to be a hit with all!

Course Dessert, Holiday Treats, Snack
Keyword Peanut Butter Truffles
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 24
Author Melissa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peanut butter Crunchy or Smooth
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter Room temperature.
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pretzels
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

Instructions

  1. Mix peanut butter, butter, brown sugar, and Confectioner’s sugar in stand mixture until smooth
  2. Slowly pour in the pretzels and graham cracker crumbs and mix until combined
  3. Form small sized balls using your hands (about 1" diameter) and place on a cookie sheet.
  4. Freeze until very firm, about 30 minutes.
  5. Melt the chocolate with shortening in a microwave safe bowl (check every 15-20 seconds and stir to ensure the chocolate doesn't burn)
  6. Dip the balls in the chocolate.
  7. Place back on cookie sheet and into the fridge to firm up.
  8. You can then transfer into truffle cups for a nicer display for gift giving!

tips for the perfect Peanut Butter Pretzel Truffle Bites

  • You will have “chunks” from the peanut butter and pretzels (when mixing), but you want to make sure it is evenly mixed throughout
  • Rinse and repeat! You will have to rinse your hands a couple of times while working them into balls, this will prevent them from sticking to the peanut buttery mess on your palms
  • Place the dipped bites into the freezer to firm them up quicker if you are short on time, and then place into decorative truffle cups for gifting!
  • If you aren’t giving (or eating) these right away you can put them in a sealed freezer-safe container for up to 8 weeks and pull them out 30 minutes before serving (this way they can come up to room temperature)

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Christmas Baking Frenzy

Hey ya’ll!!

There are 43 days until Christmas! Can you believe it? There is no snow on the ground, in fact we are above 5 degrees where I am today, and the stores are now FULL of gift ideas for everyone on your list! I wanted to share with you all that in just a couple of weeks I will be doing my annual Christmas Baking Frenzy with my mom, sister and “second mom” (a great family friend!) and in light of that will be doing my first ever THIRTEEN DAYS OF COOKIES, BARS AND SQUARES to hopefully help get you in the Christmas mood! The picture above is one of our favourite ones, a chocolate crinkle cookie adorned with seasonal chocolate kisses (it will be one of the 13 days!).

Starting November 30 check back everyday for 13 days (a Bakers dozen) to find a new recipe for a delicious treat that we make year after year! They are great for cookie exchanges, teachers gifts, or even just putting yummy trays out for your Christmas guests. Along with each post I will give you a couple of gift ideas for a special someone on your list, and hope that you will share some of your favourite ideas with me as well!

Looking forward to starting this new daily post and inspiring you to change up your Christmas baking!

<3 Every one needs a little more creativity in their lives!