Kicking off the Christmas baking with some thin mints this year. Growing up, my mom would buy the Keebler brand of these chocolate and peppermint cookies and they were called Grasshoppers. I thought that was a great name, so that's how I like to refer to them. We always kept them in the fridge. I thought that was great, too. They were the special "cold cookies."
When we were in the city for Thanksgiving, we stopped by Trader Joe's -- of course -- where I picked up a box of gluten-free Joe Joe's because I'd never tried them before. Because I already had the chocolate wafer part of these cookies covered with the Joe Joe's, they really were the easiest cookies ever. All I had to do was the dipping. (The fun part.) Here's what I did:
This makes 30 grasshoppers. I recommend keeping them in the fridge even if they do harden at room temperature. I just think they taste better well chilled. **If you're wondering if it's okay to use peppermint extract instead of pure peppermint oil, the answer is yes. That's the only thing I had on hand and mine turned out fine. But I have read that peppermint oil (which contains no water or alcohol) is the better choice here because the alcohol in the peppermint extract can cause the melted chocolate to seize up.
In other news from around here...
-I'm working on a little Christmas project with my father-in-law
-trying to spice up our dinner rotation (and do a good job of using up what we have in the freezer)
-planning a night out with some girl friends, which is something I never do
-haven't wrapped a single gift yet
-loving steamed broccoli with plenty of sea salt
-praising the Lord for protecting my grandpa through emergency brain surgery
-and realizing that my due date is a month away. (!!!)
36-week baby bump
What Christmas cookies have you guys been baking this week?