Tuesday, 22 December 2015

White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Christmas Baking is well under way!!!!  Now, to be clear, I am not claiming that these cookies are by any means "better for you" except for possibly that they are homemade with lots of love and have no preservatives in them!  I also do believe moderation is key, and having a few decadent cookies at Christmas time is not a problem if you eat well all year long...  at least that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!!!

I have been making these cookies for YEARS!  They are in fact my oldest son's favorite, as well as my 2 younger daughters.  Not to mention that we leave these out every year for Santa, and last year he left a note beside the empty plate thanking us for them and letting us know that these cookies are his favorite!!!!  And as we all know, Santa wouldn't lie!  So you may want to do yourself and your children a favour and get these babies in the oven, at least for Santa!!!  You never know, you just might find a special thank you under your tree!  ;)

To make White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies you will need:

  • 3/4 cup room Crisco Golden all vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour (I use unbleached)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup crushed candy canes or peppermint candies
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  If using a pizza stone to bake cookies, place it in the oven to heat up with the oven and have 2 pieces of parchment paper ready to put cookies on.  Otherwise, line cookie sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
Mix shortening, sugars, vanilla together until well blended.
Beat in egg.

Combine flour, salt and baking soda.
 Mix into shortening mixture at low speed until just blended.  Stir in Chocolate chips and crushed peppermint.
 Shape into 1 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on parchment.
If using stone, remove it from the oven and slide your parchment paper with the cookie balls on it.  Return to oven and bake 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned,
 Do not overbake!  You can now slide the baked cookies with the parchment paper off  your stone  and onto a wire rack to cool. Slide the next prepared cookie sheet onto your stone and bake 'em!!!

I truly hope your family loves these cookies as much as mine does, and I wish you and your family a Wonderful Christmas!!!

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