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Who has time to make cookies from scratch? Certainly not me!! While making cookies is a fun tradition its just so tedious and time-consuming. I tend to gravitate towards little to no baking recipes. Between normal holiday hustle and bustle, working full time, and battling some sickness around here I actually contemplated NOT making any cookies this year. Lucky for me, during one of my daily Target trips, I found this recipe in a coupon book at the register! Target had all 5 ingredients practically sitting next to each other so it didn't get much easier than that. I decided to go for it!
24 HERSHEY’S® peppermint bark bell candies, unwrapped
- 1/3 cup HERSHEY’S® semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup coarsely crushed peppermint candy canes (10 miniature)
Heat oven to 375°F. In medium bowl, make dough as directed on pouch for Cutout Cookies.
Shape dough into 24 (1-inch "ish") balls. Press 1 HERSHEY’S peppermint bark bell into center of each dough ball, covering completely. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in small microwavable bowl, place chocolate chips and shortening. Microwave uncovered on High 30 seconds; stir until melted and smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Immediately sprinkle with candy. Let stand until set, about 1 hour. Store cookies in tightly covered container.
- One softened cup of butter
- 1/4 cup of white sugar
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 3 1/2 ounces of instant vanilla pudding mix (YES, the entire package of the dry pudding mix)
- 2 eggs
- one teaspoon vanilla extract (or a couple drops of pure vanilla extract)
- 2 1/4 cups of flour
- one teaspoon of baking soda (the fresher the baking soda the better, or else your cookies may not hold together as well)
- One cup of milk chocolate chips
- One cup of semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of peanut butter chips
- 1/2 cup of M&M’s, any kind you like (you could definitely make these the 'holiday' aspect)
- 1/2 cup of Reese’s Pieces (the orange and brown M&M looking candies)
Monday, November 24, 2014
"My story begins when I fell in love with an infant named Oliver. He was handsome, and yet on the verge of being labeled “failure to thrive.” Other foster parents struggled with keeping Oliver because he was difficult, struggling to eat and sleep. But I was in love, and so I began my journey to help Oliver thrive.