Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies

This time of year, my absolute FAVORITE thing is anything and everything with peppermint. My Gluten Free Peppermint Bark Brownie Cheesecake was a huge hit a couple years ago. I think everyone loved it! This year, I decided to make something a little different. These Chocolate peppermint chip cookies are amazing. Super easy to make, quick to bake, and they are full of chocolatey goodness! If you are looking for a cookie recipe to impress this holiday season, this is it!

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chocolate peppermint chip cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies

Delicious chocolate peppermint chip cookies recipe that are perfect for the holidays.

Course Dessert
Keyword chocolate, cookies, peppermint
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Cooling on Cookie Sheet 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 19 minutes
Servings 4 Dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Cup Butter melted
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 4 TBSP Water
  • 3 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Peppermint Chips

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, cream together both sugars and butter together. Add your eggs, vanilla and water. Beat until you have those ingredients well blended.

  2. Add your dry ingredients one at a time, making sure to mix each ingredient in thoroughly before adding the next. 

  3. Fold in your white chocolate peppermint chips (I like these).

  4. Put your dough in the fridge for 1 hour. It will be very thick. That's OK!

  5. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line your baking sheet with parchment paper or your silicone baking mats (these are a really good price!!).

  6. Using your cookie scoop (another amazing price), place the cookie dough on the cookie sheets and bake for 9-10 minutes. Do not over bake. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool.

Recipe Notes

**Be sure to store your cookies in an air tight container.

Chocolate Peppermint Chip Cookies

Don’t these cookies sound amazing? They are the perfect amount of chocolate and peppermint. My son would prefer MORE white chocolate peppermint chips, while my daughter would prefer less. One thing you could do is sprinkle extra chips on the cookies when they come out of the oven. However, it’s definitely not necessary (well…unless you are like my son)…the cookies are delicious just the way they are.

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Gluten Free or Not!

I made these chocolate peppermint chip cookies with Namaste Foods Gluten Free Fourchocolate peppermint chip cookies. However, if you don’t have to or want to make them gluten free, then don’t! Simply use the same amount of flour that is not gluten free! They turn out perfectly with either flour you choose to use!

You have plenty of time to make these for Christmas. If you are having a hard time finding the white chocolate peppermint chips, check your local grocery store. I found my at Kroger. If you have a Christmas celebration that is after Christmas (like I do), order them on Amazon!

Other Peppermint Recipes You MUST Try

Like I said, this time of year (or any time really), chocolate and peppermint are my favorite things. These are some other peppermint recipes you must try:

Peppermint Oreo Cupcakes

Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies

Peppermint Dessert Recipes

Christmas Cream Cheese Mints


Best Stocking Stuffers for Men

Since I spent half of October and most of November recovering from knee surgery, I feel like I am really behind on the Christmas shopping. My husband and I always fill stockings for each other. Well, let’s be honest, I buy half of my stocking and all of his! It’s much easier for me to just pick up the makeup I like from Ulta than send him there to get it! While I am driving and getting around much easier now after surgery, I still get tired easy, so I am doing a lot of shopping online. Here are some of the best stocking stuffers for men. Best part is, you can get them ALL online!

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Every Man Loves the Funky Socks!

Every stocking in this house, always has socks in them. My husband is no different. He loves socks. This year he will have a pair of crazy dress socks he can wear to work, as well as socks he can wear with his cowboy boots. The funkier the socks, the better! Which is so funny to me. I read an article about how tacky it was for women to wear funky socks, yet it is totally OK for men to wear funky socks. Who knows!

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Beard Accessories

This year, my husband has a beard. So I will be looking at different products and accessories to help maintain his beard. I am not sure how long he will have his beard, I will be looking for small bottles that he can take on the plane with him.

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Jerky’s and Snacks!

Since my husband travels a lot, filling his stocking with some of his favorite snacks is always a good idea. I like to find things that you can’t typically find in your average grocery store. Things like jerky’s, snack mixes, hot sauces…they are all stocking stuffers for men winners for sure! I will be ordering the exotic jerky stick gift bag for sure!

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That Unique, Can’t Live Without Stocking Stuffers

While the above stocking stuffers for men are great, I also like to add that unique item that he’s totally not expecting. Random things that are totally useful, but not something he would every think about buying for himself. Yet, when he gets in in his stocking, he is SOOOOO thankful for it! Wife of the year right here!

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Which of these stocking stuffers for men will you be ordering?

Easy Fudge Recipes Anyone Can Make

One of my favorite desserts is fudge. I remember going to Mackinaw Island when I was a kid and buying all kinds of different flavors of fudge. If you aren’t able to get to Mackinaw Island to buy their delicious fudge, then these easy fudge recipes are for you! Even if you are able to go (and you should…Mackinaw is such a nice place), you’ll want to make these recipes. Especially with the holidays coming up. Everyone loves fudge and they love easy recipes. This is a definite win-win!

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Easy fudge recipes

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With the holidays quickly approaching, I am starting to think about the menu and more importantly, the desserts I want to have for our Christmas dinner. My husband and I are hosting this year, so I am really trying to plan the perfect menu. Some of these quick and easy recipes are definitely on the menu.

Easy Fudge Recipes

This time of year, peppermint everything is my favorite. Combine that with chocolate and it’s heaven on a plate! These easy fudge recipes are so perfect! Which one (or two or three…) fudge recipes sound good to you?

Gingerbread Fudge Recipe

Eggnog Fudge Recipe

Easy White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge

Irish Cream-Pistachio Fudge

2 Ingredient Fudge

Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge

Creamy Christmas Fudge

Soooo…which of these fudge recipes will you be making? I am definitely making the peppermint fudge. Like I said, peppermint is my favorite, as is white chocolate. The peanut butter fudge sounds good, as well. No matter which one of these easy fudge recipes you make, your friends and family will love them!

If you are following the Keto diet, don’t fret! I have you covered! These Keto approved fudge recipes are perfect!

Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Fat Bombs

Chocolate SunButter Keto Fat Bombs

Keto Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites

Vanilla Keto Candy


Best Board Games for the Family

Our family is really into board games. Every year, on Christmas Eve, my kids get a pair of Christmas pajamas and a board game for us to play together. Every time we get together with my in-laws, we are always up until the wee hours of the night, playing games and laughing together. It’s so much fun! Board games make a great gift. These are our favorites!

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Why Board Games?

Um…because they are the best! No seriously, they are! I believe, in a day and age where people are spending more time on their phones than actually speaking face to face with others, we need to find all the ways to get back to putting down the phone and being present. Playing games together does just that. Before we had kids, my husband and I used to host game nights with our friends. I would love to get back to that. It was a lot of fun. This holiday season (or anytime during the year!), give the gift of board games to your friends and family!

Games for Preschool Aged Kids

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Playing games with your preschool aged children is so important! Not only is it fun for the kids, but it reinforces the importance in taking turns, being a good sport, and a lot of games have a learning aspect to it that supports education and the kids don’t even realize it because they are having so much fun! I can’t tell you how many matching games I played with my kids when they were little. That and the Let’s Go Fishin’ game were their favorites!

Games for Young Kids

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If there are any games you get from this entire post, you must pick up HEDBANZ and 5 Second Rule. The first time we played HEDBANZ, the kids laughed so hard during the entire game. We did too. Basically everyone has a card that they can’t see. You have to ask questions to guess what is on your card. It really is a fun game!

Board Games for Older Children and Teens

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As the kids get older, the games get better and better! Three of our favorites above are Taboo, 5 Second Rule and Mexican Dominoes. On my list to purchase, as soon as I finish writing this post, is to pick up Relative Insanity. That game looks hysterical! If you click on it, there is a video on Amazon that shows a snippet of the game being played!

Right now is the time to buy board games. Not only are they on a super sale on Amazon, but you can get some games for around $5 each! Remember, these games make a great gift. Are you going to a holiday party and you want to get the host a gift? Why not pick a game or two, put it in a basket with a bottle of wine and a few snacks? That would be a fun and unique gift!


Cranberry Banana Muffins Recipe

Every single week I make banana muffins for the kids to have in their lunches or with their breakfast. One of our favorites is the Banana Muffins with Chocolate and Peanut Butter. This week, I decided to mix things up and make cranberry banana muffins. I don’t know if it’s because we just had Thanksgiving and I love everything cranberry this time of year (no pumpkin spice for me), or what, but I thought the combination would be really good! And it was so good!

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cranberry banana muffins

Cranberry Banana Muffins

Delicious recipe for gluten free cranberry banana muffins. Not gluten free? Simply sub in your favorite flour instead!

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Keyword banana muffins, cranberry, muffins
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 27 minutes
Servings 12 People

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Med Bananas
  • 1 TBSP Milk
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 Cups Gluten Free Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare your muffin tin with liners or use this amazing silicone muffin pan.

  2. In a small bowl, mash your bananas and set aside. In another large bowl, cream together your softened butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract, milk and mashed bananas. 

  3. Next add your baking soda, salt and gluten free flour. Be sure to mix with your hand mixer after each new addition. I like this gluten free flour.

  4. Fold in your dried cranberries. Cover your batter with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 50-60 minutes to chill. 

  5. Fill your muffin tins completely (trust me on this...fill it up)! Place in the oven at 425 degrees for 10 minutes. Lower the temp to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before placing the muffins on a cooling rack to cool completely. 

Recipe Notes

*This recipe can be made with either gluten free flour or regular flour. Your choice!

These cranberry banana muffins turned out delicious! The kids loved them. Funny thing though…my son came home from school today and said, “those banana muffins were good, but the chocolate almost tasted like fruit. It was also harder that normal”. Really dude? Hahaha! The dried cranberries give a nice tartness to the muffins. One of these days, I’d like to try this recipe with fresh cranberries!

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If you are looking for other tried and true muffin recipes, then you must try the following:

Banana Mini Muffins with Chocolate Chips

Lemon Pound Cake Mini Muffins

Gluten Free Apple Spice Pumpkin Muffins

Quick and Easy Strawberry Chocolate Chip Muffins

Orange Banana Muffins Recipe

What are your favorite kind of muffin to make?