17 December 2012

Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies

I'm back!  Over two months since the baby was born and nary a post to be seen.  The silence is not indicative of a lack of cooking but rather a shortage of time in which to photograph and write up the recipes.  I've missed the blogosphere though and have several half-finished posts that I started back in September, as well as a whole slew of new dishes I want to share.

I'm in CT for a month, so with all the extra hands around I really have no excuse not to blog.  As part of the holiday festivities, my mom and I went to a cookie swap on Friday night.  I've always wanted to go to a Christmas cookie swap party because I feel it's a true sign that I am now a grown-up.  It was wonderful to catch up with so many Norfolk residents and sample over a dozen different kinds of cookies.  There were the usual suspects - thumbprints, gingerbreadmen (is that really all one word?), shortbread, and some more exotic types such as chocolate hazelnut.  There was also English toffee that gives my maple toffee a run for its money.  When I got home, I ate small bites out of our loot and then left them on the plate in the hopes that the rest of my family would finish them off.  Too bad, or maybe good?? that Rainier is not on solids yet.

I have a weakness for peppermint bark this time of year.  Something about the combination of white and dark chocolate with mint and crushed candy cane just shouts happy holidays to my soul.  So when I saw this recipe for Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies, it seemed perfect.  The cookies were good and more festive than chocolate chocolate chip.  I made the mistake though of mixing in peppermint bark that was more fudge-like and the chocolate and candy canes melted into the cookies instead of remaining in chunks.  So my one piece of advice is to make sure the peppermint bark is hard enough to snap, and does not need to be scooped out of the dish:) 
Late night cooking in my pajamas.

Here is where I shamelessly post cute pictures of my baby.  I know everyone thinks their baby is the cutest in the world, but oh my goodness that smile is just too much!

Today Rainier rolled over once by himself.  That was probably the most amazing thing I saw all day.  
Happy Holidays everyone and I am looking forward to posting here more frequently.

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