Dec 23, 2011

How to Morph Chocolate Chip Cookies into Peppermint Cookies

Packaging by Martha Stewart, purchased on sale at Michael's.
We have really great neighbors. We don't live in a new neighborhood. Brand new houses simply aren't our cup of tea, nor are they in our price range. Our 1950s home has such charm and character and I want to live in it forever, if we can finish the basement. I dream of a master suite complete with jetted tub in the bath!! Ahhh....

Off track a little.

Back to the great neighbors thing. A sweet family living at the end of the block probably thinks I have no other wardrobe in my closet other than pj pants. And that I don't own a bra. I am typically in disheveled mom mode when I answer the door--I'm just not one to keep people waiting I guess.

This family brought us a tin full of wonderful Christmas cookies; I knew I had to have the recipe. Like right then.

Call me clueless but I hadn't really heard that you could put a pudding mix into cookies?

Where has this secret ingredient been all my life?

Here's how the recipe works. Below is the ingredient list for standard chocolate chip cookies. The peppermint variations are below that.Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 C. unsifted flour
1 tsp. soda
1 C. butter
1/4 c. white sugar
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
1 pkg. chocolate chips

Cream butter with sugars. Add pudding; beat well. Add eggs and vanilla mix really well. Mix flour with soda and gradually add to wet ingredients. Mix in chips. bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Chocolate mint cookies: Substitute chocolate pudding for vanilla pudding, mint extract for vanilla extract, and Andes chocolate mint chips for chocolate chips.

Peppermint cookies (these are what I made): substitute peppermint extract for vanilla and Andes peppermint chips (hard.to.find!) for chocolate chips. Still use vanilla pudding.
I also did yummy pretzel sticks. So pretty.What sweets are you whipping up for the holidays?
Also Shawn has notified me that it's "Harrises" not "Harris'" or "Harris's". How long have I had this last name? Oops.


The Cantelmo Family said...

those look YUMMY!!!! I haven't made any treats yet this year! I am SOOOOO behind!

chris said...

We also made yummy pretzel sticks for our neighbors. :)

Wishing you and your family a fabulous Christmas.

katygirl said...

YUM. and love the packaging.

Lindsay said...

Look at you! YUM!

Open Roads Mama said...

Oh my, thank you for sharing the recipe, I will make these for sure!!!
I'm making lots of my orange cranberry cookies this year again: http://myopenroads.blogspot.com/2010/10/cranberry-orange-cookies.html
Merry Christmas to you and your sweet family - I visit often and love your blog! :)

Andrea said...

Those look good! I haven't baked anything for Christmas yet, but I have plans to next week! Miss you guys.

breitenbach8 said...

HaHa! I never know the correct way when a last name ends in S. I just always put "The Ross Family!" ;) I first saw the pudding trick in this cookies n' cream cookies recipe I'm wanting to try: http://sixsistersstuff.blogspot.com/2011/08/cookies-and-cream-cookies.html
Your cookies look yummy! Thanks for sharing.

Events By Ashley said...

um, it was amazing and we devoured it.....I wondered why you put from the "Harrises"....I believed it to be a blond moment!! HEHEEH

Lora said...

I used these recipes for a party I'm going to tonight. I used egg substitute in one batch for a little boy with an egg allergy and they barely held together, but he was so excited to get cookies! They're usually a no-no.

My mom LOVES peppermint- peppermint cookies made her day! Thanks for sharing.