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
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.