Friday, December 4, 2015

Christmas Cookie Exchange [Link-up]

Some of my favorite holiday memories are rooted in the kitchen. Most of the women in my family are passionate cooks and bakers who thrive on slaving away in hot kitchens to put smiles on faces when they take a bite. Each year my sister and I would make and decorate Christmas sugar cookies with our Meme. Meme is now 90 years young and still as full of life as then but now her arthritic fingers are unable to create the beautiful designs but each year we still reminisce of the memories. Sweet memories.

Now some of my favorite holiday traditions are cookie exchange parties! Everyone bakes up dozens of their favorite cookies, chats over snacks and wine, and then goes home with a sampling of all the cookies. My fellow KY girl, Lindsay from Bourbon, Lipstick, and Stilettos decided it would be fun to create this type of party in the blog world. Be sure to check out all the other blogger cookie recipes that are linked up at the bottom of the post!

Peppermint Wedding Cookies
Adapted from Southern Living Cookbook
1cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 cups all purpose flour
pinch of salt
10 peppermint candies, crushed
1/2 cup powdered sugar
parchment paper

1. Beat butter with a mixer until creamy. Gradually add in 1/2 cup powdered sugar and peppermint extract. Add in the flour and salt. Chill the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes. (My dough was very crumbly so I kneaded it first to get right consistency)

2. Preheat oven to 350. Place crushed peppermints and remaining powdered sugar in separate bowls. Shape dough into 20 balls and place one inch apart on parchment lined baking sheets.

3. Bake cookies for 18 minutes. The tops will remain pale so check for dark bottoms. Immediately out of the oven roll each cookie in the peppermints then powdered sugar (pressing in slightly). Let cool on racks.

I like these cookies because of their buttery texture and light flavor. During the holidays we eat lots of rich food and these cookies break up some of that richness and all the chocolate. 

An InLinkz Link-up
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  1. Omg, those peppermint cookies sound amazing!!!


  2. Oooooh, I have all these things at my house and I LOVE peppermint! I will be making these this season for sure :)

  3. I will for sure be trying these!! Can't wait to follow along through your holidays! :)

  4. Thanks for hosting! I've literally never done a cookie exchange AND I'm from the south--is that weird? No big deal, I have no problem with baking these delicious cookies for myself :)

  5. Such a fun idea and these cookies look ah-mazing!

  6. I'm not a fan of peppermint but my sister would LOVE this - defintiely will have to add them to my Christmas baking list just for her!

  7. Those cookies look DELISH! Such a fun linkup, and I love the memories you have with your Meme and decorating Christmas cookies. Some of my favorite recipes are from my Grandma too <3

    Green Fashionista

  8. Peppermint is one of those love/hate relationship foods. I totally enjoy making cookies and always include a peppermint choice around the holidays. It's the first one my dad will reach for and my mom won't touch them with a ten foot pole. I'll give these a shot.

  9. I stayed away from this link up because I'm basically a hot mess in the kitchen when it comes to baking. (I can cook wonderfully, but cannot bake to save my life for some reason.) But all these delicious recipes make me want to at least give it a shot. Maybe. or Maybe I'll spam my mom with a bunch of links to try haha

  10. Yum! Peppermint anything is always welcome, especially in December! :)

  11. I'm not a huge peppermint person but Jose look scrumptious!! Happy Weekend!

  12. Those look delicious! I absolutely LOVE peppermint!


  13. What a festive looking cookie! My mom makes a similar recipe, but without the peppermint. I imagine that gives it a nice crunch along with the minty flavor...yum! Thanks for hosting the linkup - this was a fun one!

    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort

  14. Somehow missed YOUR post of all the others on Friday! These look delicious. And love the sweet memories you shared- so special!

  15. Peppermint is definitely my favorite Christmas flavor. These cookies look delish; I'll have to try them once Christmas break rolls around. Aren't cookie exchanges/swaps the best?


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