I love this Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix and wanted to share it with you. Every year, around the holidays, I know that I will have 8 teachers to give Christmas gifts to… because the teachers are important. They have such a special place in our children’s lives.
When I was a teacher, some of my very favorite gifts were handmade, because I knew that those children took the time to make them for me. It meant so much. It still means so much when my own kids make me gifts, instead of buying something for me. Today I am partnering with Land O’ Lakes, Inc. to share one of my favorite ways to make a teacher feel appreciated.
When I give a gift to the kid’s teachers or Sunday school teachers or volunteers, I try to add a handmade touch: a card or cookies or a sugar scrub or even an ornament. This year, we’ve decided to make Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix.
In the Jar:
12 hard peppermint candies
¼ granulated sugar
1 ⅓ cups of all purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp instant espresso powder
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup 60% cacao chocolate chips
Place peppermint candies into blender or food processor and pulse into a fine powder.
In a small bowl, combine ⅓ cup crushed candies and granulated sugar and stir until combined.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Remove ⅔ cup flour mixture to another bowl and stir in espresso powder. Pour ⅓ cup flour mixture into a wide mouth 1-quart jar with a tight-fitting lid. Add ⅓ cup espresso mixture, ½ cocoa, ¼ cup brown sugar, all of the candy mixture, ¼ cup brown sugar, a balance of flour, espresso mixture, cocoa and then brown sugar. Finish with ½ cup chocolate chips. Seal jar tightly.
Attach a gift tag with ribbon. You can print it here.
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
To make the cookies:
¾ cup Land O Lakes® butter softened
1 jar Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Mix
Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cream butter in a large bowl at medium-high speed until fluffy. Add 1 egg and beat until blended. Butter mixture may appear curdled and this is completely normal.
Add contents of jar and beat at low speed until blended. Roll 2 Tbsp dough into a ball and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake 11-13 minutes or until edges are set and tops of cookies appear dry and cracked. Cool cookies for 10 minutes; transfer to cooling rack and cool completely.
We love to gift our teachers with little handmade tags on mason jars (my favorite). It is such a beautiful way to do something special. The little things that make a big difference to the people that we care about.
For more buttery holiday baking ideas and inspiration, check out Land O’Lakes’ newest holiday recipes!
ADD A LITTLE GOOD™ was sponsored by Land O’Lakes, Inc.