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With only 5 Mondays left until Christmas, it’s safe to say that I’ve started preparing for the festivities ahead. During the holiday season, I like to focus on my family and our holiday traditions. It’s also the time of year when baking and whipping up treats become the norm in my kitchen. I remember how my mom did the same thing when I was a child. She would make our favorite treats throughout the entire holiday season. And those are the same memories I want my kids to have.
I also started a tradition of purchasing a special Christmas ornament for our tree. This year the kids picked out Frosty the Snowman. With a variety of options to choose from, Hallmark Ornaments are the perfect addition to any Christmas tree or holiday decoration. They also make a great gift, and I even found a Hallmark greeting card to match!
While we’re on the subject, I want to share another family favorite with a little twist-Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies. I’ve been making this cookie recipe for several years and my kids never grow tired of them. Some of my family prefers no peppermint, so feel free to skip adding it if you’re not a peppermint fan. But either way these cookies are truly delicious and perfect for the holiday season.
Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 tsp of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
3/4 cup of granulated sugar
3/4 cup of packed brown sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) of butter
1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of almond extract (optional)
2 cups of milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup of crushed peppermint (optional)
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Stir flour, baking soda and salt together, set aside. In a separate bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar and butter at medium speed until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla extract and almond extract, beat well. Add flour mixture gradually and beat well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Bakes between 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove immediately from cookie sheet and place on a cooling rack. While slightly warm, I add the crushed peppermint and very lightly press them into the cookie. This is definitely a personal taste preference. If you don’t link mint and chocolate flavors together, feel free to skip this step.
I always bake these cookies the day we trim our tree and put up our Christmas decorations. This along with Christmas music and a special Hallmark Ornament, are the perfect combination to create family memories.
I found my Hallmark Ornament and Hallmark greeting card at my local Walmart. You’ll find several selections including 16 Walmart exclusives, resin figurines, Holiday Barbie, new deco figurines and more.
See more great holiday ornament ideas and tell me which ornament you are most looking forward to this season. I’d love to hear about your favorite family traditions!