I love this time of the year. There is something so magical about it. No matter what time of day you go out everyone else seems to be there too and while some people may not love that I do. I love seeing people shop for their families members and sharing ideas with people in the aisles. I love being reminded about what this time of the year is all about. Spreading cheer, giving and generosity. As the kids get older I want to make sure they understand that it’s all about giving back. Every year we go through our toys and donate a ton but this year I wanted to do more than that. While we have a few more things planned one of the things I wanted to do was Spread Cheer with one of our favorite holiday traditions, baking!
Every year around Christmas we bake a ton, the kids always help and this year we did something a little different, Peppermint Sugar Cookie Bark–then we wrapped it up and dropped it off at a neighbor’s house to spread cheer! I love baking with the kids mainly because they get a huge kick out of it! When you bake with kids though you’re pretty much guaranteed that things will get messy.
Since it’s bound to get messy I try to keep it as simple as possible whenever I can. This Peppermint Sugar Cookie bark does exactly that. Keeps things simple with just 6 ingredients. An ingredient we avoided this time around? Eggshells. Mason has gotten so much better at cracking eggs. Making these cookies were easy, combine the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix, one egg and one stick of softened butter together until a soft dough forms. Roll it out on parchment paper and then bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
While the bark was baking the kids and I listened to Christmas music and cleaned up which was super easy. Once the bark is done baking (it’s reached a light golden brown color) start melting the chocolate. This will give the cookies the perfect amount of time to cool. That was a mama job since it involved the stove. My favorite way to melt chocolate is by bringing a pot of water to bowl with a glass bowl sitting just above the water with the chocolate in the glass bowl. Stir until all pieces are melted then add one teaspoon peppermint extract.
Once the chocolate has melted pull it off the stove and spread the melted chocolate over the large cookie sheet. The kids helped with spreading the chocolate and then dumping sprinkles all over the chocolate. Kyla clearly favored one spot in particular.
Once the cookies cooled with cut them up into squares (as nice as we could get them) and packaged them up and labeled them. We also printed directions so that our neighbors could easily spread cheer too! Mason especially got a kick out of delivering the cookies, he was so adorable, he didn’t want them to know it was us so he placed the cookies down, knocked and ran as fast as he could back to our house.
We of course taste tested the cookies, we did after all have to make sure they were good enough to gift and they were so yummy we plan to make them again. This time we’ll make double, one for us and one for a neighbor. Good thing there are coupons out there to help save you money.
- Heat oven to 375°F.
- In a medium sized bowl combine sugar cookie mix, butter and egg until a soft dough forms.
- Roll the dough out on parchment paper and place on a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-14 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Let the cookie sheet cool.
- While the cookies are cooling melt 12oz white chocolate, add 1 tsp peppermint extract.
- Spread the white chocolate over the cookie sheet and top with red sprinkles.
- Let the chocolate cool then break apart and serve.
Adapted from Betty Crocker.