After making us giggle by uncovering the secret behind “yoga pants”, Bridget from Bake at 350 shared her recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms that made our hearts skip a beat!

 

‘Tis the season to eat some cookies, so we couldn’t wait to give them a try!

 

Please click here to visit Bake at 350 and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: It’s the holiday season and that means fun cookie swaps with my girlfriends. I’m looking for something a little different from your typical chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter blossoms. These touch-of-mint treats look like they would get the ladies raving.

 

Details:

The Bakeat350  blog post recipe was laid out quite nicely and very easy to follow.

  • The only thing I did differently was use butter that was softened to room temperature rather than cubing the butter. I find it makes it have a creamier consistency.

Like most cookie recipes, you put together your wet ingredients and then gradually add the dry ingredient mixture.

  • I’m so glad I used my KitchenAid Mixer with the cookie paddle. This dough is pretty thick.

Definitely make sure you chill the dough as stated in the original post, it makes it much easier to handle.

Here’s where I was surprised. I was expecting to be cursing while trying to scoop and roll the dough in the powdered sugar. I was thrilled that the powdered sugar seemed to act like flour and prevented a sticky finger mess.

As soon as they come out of the oven, get your Kisses in. Maybe even opt for Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Soften the butter. I use the defrost setting for 20 seconds. You don’t want to melt the butter.

My boys picked out Hershey’s Mini Kisses…a great thing about these babies, there’s no unwrapping!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Easy cookie and I had all the ingredients on hand.

Cons:

My only problem is that in my house, only my son and I eat peppermint.

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

These cookies came out awesome! I’ve brought some to the office and gave some to friends and they all loved them!

Such a great recipe which you can certainly alter a bit with different extracts or toppings. Don’t forget the hot cocoa to dunk them with!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: To find a tasty treat for the holidays…anything chocolate! Yum!

 

Details:

I followed the instructions very closely; I get too nervous not to, when baking!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Need to softener your butter, cut in chunks then microwave for 25 seconds.

Be certain you cut your parchment paper to fit snug in the pan, I learned quickly that it has a tendency to melt/burn when the sides hang over the edge!

Plan ahead since you need to refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to an hour.

Drop the ball into the powdered sugar before rolling, helps with the stickiness!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Easy and quick to bake! Only 12 minute cook time!

Cons:

None!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

Yum, Yum, Yum!   These were fun to make and were a hit with my co-workers!  Everyone was raving about them, so I had to share the recipe!

Perfect treat to make for the holidays!  Mint and chocolate, yum!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: Christmas cookies are the best but I am always making the same ones year after year. I couldn’t wait to try this new recipe!

 

Details:

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!This recipe is pretty straight forward and easy to follow.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This dough is very sticky once all the ingredients are combined, so I do recommend chilling the dough in the fridge for at least an hour before shaping into balls.

The fun part is getting your hands dirty!  I highly recommend using a Cookie Scoop – saves a ton of time and mess.

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Pros:

Super easy to follow and make

Cons:

None!

We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!

Conclusion:

I am not a huge chocolate and mint fan. I know, I will probably get a lot of hate mail for saying that. These cookies were actually very delicious and super soft!

Did I mention how much I hate crunchy, hard cookies?! Blah! Not these beauties; they were perfect!

 

 We Tried Them!  Chocolate Peppermint Blossom Cookies!


The yummy
Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms and their photo by Bake at 350

 


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Rose Bakes found the perfect cocoa accoutrement with her Peppermint Marshmallow Dips for Hot Chocolate.  Thankfully, she has shared this treat with us all!

 

With kids home on Christmas break, and snow falling from the sky, we couldn’t wait to test-run these treats!

 

Please click here to visit Rose Bakes and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: Keep my tots busy while making a sweet treat to gift during the holidays.

 

 

Details:

  • Happy TasterI used Chocolate Mint Candy Canes because we have a chocolate addiction in this house. Not necessary, but a major perk as it added to the chocolate flavor of our cocoa.
  • We also used some round sprinkles that were multi-colored just for something different. They were a bit messy but the look was pretty.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I did this little project with my kiddos so I made sure we had everything lined up and ready roll before melting the chocolate. They stuck the straws into the marshmallows and even dipped them all on their own. That just shows you how easy this is and it really did make for a great project on a cold winters day.

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Pros:

Easy and most things were on hand. I happen to keep those little straws in my party supply drawer so we were stocked and ready!

Cons:

None unless you have an aversion to chocolate and messes. There were a lot of both since it was an “assisted” project.

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Conclusion:

I think this would be fun for Valentine’s Day too and even Easter. It doesn’t warm up in my neck of the woods until very late spring so we indulge in cocoa through a lot of holidays!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Katie

Mission: Give your hot chocolate, in the words of Elle Woods “a little something extra.”

 

 

Details:

  • Grab a bag of marshmallows, coffee stirrers, chocolate chips, lay a sheet of wax paper over a platter, melt your chocolate chips and get to dippin!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I always seem to burn chocolate if I try to melt it in the microwave so I decided to use a mini crockpot: my Little Dipper was perfect for this task!

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Pros:

Quick, simple and oh so festive.

Cons:

None…it involves chocolate, how could there be a con??

Katie - Marshmallows 2

Conclusion:

A quick, simple and oh so festive treat!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: I LOVE me some marshmallows…seriously, I have a fixation with Peeps! So, let’s just say I had no problem trying these out!

 

Details:

  • Finding the candy canes was the hardest part for me – it wasn’t quite the holiday season yet, so they weren’t in many places. I ended up snagging them at Target, along with all the other ingredients.
  • I opted for dark chocolate chips – which I LOVE and I felt it made this a bit more “grown-up”.
  • After finishing these up, my kiddos and I also made homemade hot chocolate – such a great winter treat! These two things together were so nummy, they gave me warm fuzzies.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If candy canes are no where to be found – you can always use the peppermint hard candies as a replacement!

Use a Ziploc baggy and a rolling pin to crush your candy canes – was kind of messy, but easy to do.

Sarah - Marshmallows 1

Pros:

Quick, easy, cheap and delicious in hot chocolate or on their own. My kids absolutely loved them!

And, if you have time to package them up cute, an awesome present!

Cons:

Just a bit messy, but anything in the kitchen is.

You may get a bit of candy cane stuck in your teeth!

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Conclusion:

Awesome!

 

 

Marshmallow Conclusion


The lovely Peppermint Marshmallow Dips and it’s photo by Rose Bakes


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