1. Ill child seems to feel somewhat better today. Shhhh… don’t tell her this post is about food.
2. Remember my whole thing about simplifying? I love to bake and would happily make 7,000 batches of Christmas goodies. Instead, I picked one to be my signature Christmas cookie, and if nothing else gets done, so be it.
Mint Chocolate Snaps
1 (6oz) pkg semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
1/2 cup + 1 1/2 T shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candy
Cream shortening and sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate. Add eggs, corn syrup, and extracts; beat well. Combine dry ingredients and mix in . Add peppermint. (Dough will be stiff. You may stir dry ingredients with a wooden spoon if you don’t have a stand mixer. )
Roll into one-inch balls and roll in extra sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350* for 12-15 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
3. Photo above taken with my Christmas present to myself, a Nikon D5000. When I explained to the salesclerk that this camera would not be upgraded for a LONG time, she assured I wouldn’t outgrow this one for a while. Since I can barely turn it on now, I’d say that’s true!
4. Looking forward to Siesta Memory Challenge next year at Beth Moore’s blog. I ordered the cool spiral. Make it one of your resolutions next year, too!
(Planning to post once more before Saturday)