Peppermint bark cookies & a little catching up

I love feeling productive. I have been off for a couple weeks over the holidays and I love keeping busy even when I’m off. This past week I have been catching up on all of life’s little tasks that needed my attention.

Moving my living room around so it feels less full,

Cleaning my desk clutter,

Doing ALL of my 2012 filing (this really helped the desk clutter, ha),

Worked on my 2012 bookkeeping to prep for tax time ( I have started trying to get my paperwork in as soon as I have all my W-2’s, rather then waiting till the last minute when I’m much busier. So much less stress)

Cleaned out the chicken coop (this severely annoyed my girls, they proceeded to spend 2 hours moving all the fresh clean hay around after I upset the balance, I think I have the only chickens that hate hay in their nesting boxes)…. ( oh! And they still are NOT laying yet, soon hopefully)

Cleaned out, detailed inside, and washed my car. (It was a disaster, so nice to have it clean inside and out)

Lots of baking

Learning about California’s new Cottage Law so I can renew my efforts at Elle & Olle’s Goodies and Noms!

I would love to hear in the comments what you have been up to over the holidays!

Okay, on to the real reason for this post: COOKIES!

Peppermint Bark Cookies

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This recipe is my base for all my chocolate chip cookies, and I just consistently change what I add in (milk chocolate chips, dark, white, oats, coconut, corn flakes, cocoa nibs, peppermint, etc) I don’t take any credit for this base it’s an adaptation of many tested Internet and cookbook cookies, when I found a combination I liked I memorized it. Here is the base:

1C Butter ( I use unsalted)
1C White Sugar
1/2 C Brown Sugar

Cream together.

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Add:

1 Tsp Vanilla extract
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt … ( since I use unsalted butter)

Mix well.

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Add:

2 Large Eggs (one at a time)

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Then:

2 1/4 to 2 1/2 C AP Flour
(I add it 1/4C at a time, leaving the mixer running)

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When that’s all mixed well making a beautiful base I add whatever I’m mixing in.

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Bake at 350 – until the edges are barley browning. I usually do mine 8-12 minutes depending on size.

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Peppermint bark cookies :

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1 Tsp Peppermint extract, (added with the vanilla)
2C Semi Sweet Chips
1C White Chocolate chips
1/2 C Peppermint Candy bits

Chocolate chip with crunch:

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(Sorry I didn’t get a very good picture of them)
2C Semi Sweet Chips
1C White Chocolate chips
1/2 C Cocoa Nibs
(I made these for New Years Eve)

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