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Now that Thanksgiving is done, it’s time to start thinking about the rest of the holiday season. I’ve come to rather enjoy baking for the holidays, and will sometimes make homemade gifts to send back to family in Ohio. And who doesn’t love holiday cookies? This year I came up with a cookie that is probably my new favorite–Peppermint Bark Chocolate Blossoms.
Chocolate cookies topped with DOVE® Peppermint Bark (Limited Edition – It’s only available for the holiday season). I have to say, I love these cookies. This is coming from someone who normally doesn’t care for peppermint anything, and I ate just as many of these as the rest of my family did!
And what goes better with cookies than a cold glass of milk?
Have you heard about the Great American Milk Drive? The Great American Milk Drive is a collaborative effort between Feeding America, America’s dairy farmers and milk companies. It turns online donations into gallons of milk for families in local communities.
And this holiday season, The Great American Milk Drive will deliver its 1 MILLIONTH gallon to Feeding America and its nationwide food bank network. Milk is one of the items that people rarely donate to food banks or pantries, but it’s naturally nutrient-rich and powers potential – if you have access to it. Milk’s 9 essential nutrients, including 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8 ounce serving, can help to ensure that kids have the potential to play, learn and grow.
And I don’t know about you, but we go through a LOT of milk in our house. Part of it I suspect is that it’s just in Jay’s and the bambino’s blood–Jay’s grandfather is a retired dairy farmer. But too, in addition to being a good source of high-quality protein, milk offers eight other essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium, which are three of the four nutrients most Americans – including children – are most likely missing in their diets.
So from now until 12/25, every time you buy M&M’s® at Walmart, fresh nutrient-rich milk will be donated to kids and families who may otherwise go without. Visit www.MyConfectionCorner.com for more information.
And to help out, you can grab a coupon:
The Great American Milk Drive is why I grabbed several bags of M&M’s® and some Great Value® 2% Milk, in addition to all the rest of my cookie-making supplies:
The cookies take a little while to make, since you have to chill the dough, but it means you can either work on other stuff, or snack on some M&M’S® while you wait! The most time-consuming part is rolling the cookies in sugar before popping them in the oven. Well, that, and waiting for them to cool off enough to sample them!
Line 3-4 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. *The DOVE® Peppermint Bark candies will melt slightly from the heat of the cookies right from the oven. Allow the chocolate to firm up before storing the cookies in an airtight container.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar, and beat on medium-high for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla, and the eggs, one at a time. Beat well after each addition.
On low speed, gradually add the cocoa mixture. Beat until well-combined. Cover, and refrigerate the dough for 45-60 minutes.
While the dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Using a small (1-Tbsp.) scoop, shape the dough into balls, then roll in the 1/2 C sugar to coat. Place on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 9-10 minutes or until set. Upon removing from the oven, gently press 1 DOVE® Peppermint Bark candy into the center of each cookie.
Cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheets, then remove and cool completely on wire racks.
Line 3-4 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
*The DOVE® Peppermint Bark candies will melt slightly from the heat of the cookies right from the oven. Allow the chocolate to firm up before storing the cookies in an airtight container.
So tell me, what’s your favorite holiday cookie? Check out even more holiday baking inspiration!