Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Cookies


I had planned on making this cookie recipe for 2 years. Finally found time to create the recipe and make them. I love peppermint and I love chocolate. What a match made in heaven. Chocolate and peppermint go so well together. A great cookie to add to your cookie collection.


Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup of vegetable shortening, I use Crisco

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 12 ounce package of mini chocolate chips

1 package of Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a separate bowl add flour,  baking soda and salt. Whisk together and set aside.  In your mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugars until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and blend. Add flour, a little at at time and incorporate. Repeat until all four is mixed in. Add chocolate chips and peppermint baking chips.  Drop by spoonfuls or use a small scoop. Bake for 9-11 minutes until cookies are done. Don’t forget to leave some for Santa!  🎅🏻  Enjoy!

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Peppermint Patty’s Birthday Cake


Today is my blog’s third birthday. At Christmas time, I always make peppermint pound cakes. This year, I wanted to change it a little and make a layer cake. The peppermint is not strong like hard candy. Very mild and delicious. This cake is named after the character on Charlie Brown Christmas. 


Ingredients:

2 1/2 sticks of butter, room temperature 

3 cups of sugar

5 eggs, room temperature 

3 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup milk, room temperature 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 nine inch cake pans with a nonstick flour spray and line with parchment paper. Make sure you also spray the parchment paper too.  


Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy with a stand mixer. Add eggs one at a time and fully incorporate. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt together. Add extracts to your cup of milk. Alternate flour and milk adding it to the butter/sugar mixture. Make sure you end up with flour, scraping down the sides of your mixing bowl frequently. 
Pour batter into cake pans evenly. Bake for 20-30 minutes until a cake tester comes out clean. Let cool in pan 10 minutes before removing and placed on a cooling rack.  Cakes must be completely cooled before frosting. 


Peppermint Whip Cream Frosting:

1 8 ounce block of cream cheese, room temperature 

1 quart of heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons pure peppermint extract 

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Candy canes, crushed, optional

Place mixing bowl and attachment in refrigerator for 30 minutes. Whip up cream cheese until smooth. Add extracts. Blend well and add powdered sugar. Pour in heavy cream and whip into stiff peaks. Frost and decorate your cake as desired. 
This is a mild and light peppermint taste.  It’s not strong, so if you are expecting it to taste like hard peppermint candy, it will not. It’s refreshing and delicious. Enjoy!  Happy Birthday Peppermint Patty!