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Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms | Pale YellowCan we do one more holiday cookie?  Let’s do another holiday cookie!  I’m sure there are plenty of you out there with more holiday parties to attend this weekend and I want to make sure you have fresh cookies for your tray.  If you can snag a bag of these kisses, they may be 50% off, double bonus – easy Christmas Cookies with on-sale ingredients!

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms | Pale YellowThese cookies were made for the annual cookie exchange and caroling event with my church group.  The weird thing about this event is that in the past I would be embarrassed about singing out in the open and openly celebrating the season, yet something has changed.  Without irony and without embarrassment I can celebrate and rejoice in my faith!  And it was fun and filled me with the holiday spirit (and Spirit).  A great night!

Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms | Pale YellowAn easy cookie with a brownie-ish base and a  kiss on top, nothing can go wrong.  The cookies are a little bit crispy and a little bit chewy.  A minty chocolate kiss on top is the perfect compliment.  Either whip up a batch  this weekend or save them for next year, no matter what, this a wonderful cookie! Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms | Pale Yellow

Two Years Ago – Sugar Cookie Trees and Wreaths

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Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms

Adapted from Buckeye Cookies

Yield – 36 cookies

 

8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

2 eggs

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

36 Hershey Mint Chocolate Truffle Kisses, unwrapped

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the the chocolate and butter until smooth.  Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, and sugar in a medium bowl.
  3. Slowly add the melted chocolate to the eggs, stirring the whole time until well incorporated.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Stir until completely mixed in.
  5. Use a 1-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough on the parchment-lined cookie sheet.  The cookies do not spread much, so the dough can be fairly close together.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until just set.  Let sit on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack.
  7. Place a kiss in the center of each cookie.  Allow to cool completely, the kisses will melt and re-harden.Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms | Pale Yellow
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Candy Cane Brownie Bites

candy cane brownie bites | pale yellowI almost didn’t share this recipe, it seemed too easy.  But then I remembered that people like easy, simple recipes that can be whipped up in a few minutes.  The first time I made these brownies, it was after work to bring to a church group meeting I had to leave for in about an hour and a half.  In less than 90 minutes I had homemade, from scratch brownies cut and ready to go!

candy cane brownie bites | pale yellowThis brownie recipe is my absolute favorite and is so versatile.  It’s dressed up for Christmas with a little peppermint extract and crushed candy canes on top.  Cut into small pieces it makes a for a delightful hostess gift of shared treat.  The holidays feature so many desserts, it’s best to provide everyone with small bites!

candy cane brownie bites | pale yellowI brought these to Andrea’s lovely holiday party and a guest asked me if they were soft.  Two questions – where does one find non-soft brownies? Who would bring hard brownies to a party?  Clearly my sarcasm could not be contained!  These brownies are deliciously soft, moist, fudgy, peppermint-y, and easy.  Whip up a batch now, anyone can do it!

candy cane brownie bites | pale yellowTwo Years Ago – Eggnog Cookies

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Candy Cane Brownie Bites

Adapted from MMMMM Brownies

Yield – 8” x 8” pan, 36 bites

 

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon instant coffee

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

2/3 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 mini candy canes crushed

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 ˚F.  Grease an 8” x 8” square pan and line with parchment paper leaving an overhang.  Grease that too.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt the butter, sugar, water, and instant coffee.  When melted add in the chocolate chips and stir until combined and melted.  Add in the eggs one at a time and then the peppermint extract, stir to combine.  Add in the flour, soda, and salt mixing until just combined.
  3. Pour the brownie batter in the prepared pan and sprinkle with the crushed candy canes, press them in slightly.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is shiny and crusty and a toothpick comes out almost clean.  DO NOT OVER BAKE!
  5. Let cool slightly and then slice and serve.  For bites, I remove the whole brownie from the pan and cut into 9 large pieces.  Then, I cut each ninth into 4, placing in a mini cupcake wrapper for maximum cuteness.candy cane brownie bites | pale yellow

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting

chocolate cupcakes with peppermint swirl frosting | pale yellowTwo Years Ago – Boozy Cupcakes

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Chocolate Cupcakes with Peppermint Swirl Frosting

Yield – 10 cupcakes

Chocolate Cupcakes

3/4 cup flour

1/3 cup cocoa

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 + 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

3/8 cup buttermilk

1/3 cup hot coffee

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, soda, powder, and salt into the bowl of a stand mixer.  Mix together on low with the paddle attachment.
  3. Beat together the eggs, oil, vanilla, and milk in a small bowl and add to the dry ingredients.  Mix until just combined and then scrape down the sides.
  4. Turn on the mixer and add the hot coffee slowly until well combined.
  5. Fill cupcakes liners with a not quite full basic ice cream scoop and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into a cupcake comes out clean.
  6. Turn out of the cupcake tin and allow to cool completely before frosting.

Peppermint Swirl Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

100 grams of  egg whites

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar

pinch of salt

3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

red food coloring

mini candy canes for garnish

  1. Add 1 inch of water to a small saucepan.  Add the egg whites, sugar, and salt to the bowl of a stand mixer.  Place the bowl in the saucepan.  Heat and whisk until the mixture is smooth and no longer gritty.
  2. Move the bowl to the stand mixer with the whisk attachment.  Beat on high speed until the bowl is cool and the meringue is whipped.
  3. Add the butter one tablespoon at a time while the mixer whisks on high speed.  If the frosting becomes runny or curdles, just keep beating at it will smooth out.
  4. Beat in the extract.  Remove half the frosting.  To the remaining frosting add a bit of red food coloring, mix until the desired color is reached.
  5. Add the red to one disposable piping bag and the white frosting to another piping bag.
  6. Place both piping bags in a larger piping bag with a large star tip.  Squeeze lightly until both colors are coming out.
  7. Swirl on each cupcake.  Decorate with a mini candy can if desired.

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Dark Chocolate Brownies with York Peppermint Patties

Dark Chocolate Brownies with York Peppermint Patties | Pale YellowCan we have my annual pity party for one?  No?  You don’t feel bad for me that I have to go back to work today after two months of “not” working?  Not is in quotation marks because I worked a fair bit between trips, FYI.  It’s okay if you don’t feel bad for me, I’ll just go talk to my teacher friends, they understand what it means to mourn the end of summer.  Luckily, I have a lot of teacher friends!

Dark Chocolate Brownies with York Peppermint Patties | Pale YellowTo celebrate the last days of summer I’ve spent two days at the beach, eaten plenty of tasty food, and imbibed delicious frozen beverages; it’s best to go out on a high note!  Hopefully the warm weather will hold so I can have some relaxing fall days on the beach.  I love beach living.

Dark Chocolate Brownies with York Peppermint Patties | Pale YellowWhen you spend your days at the beach, you need easy delicious treats.  Baking the same recipe can get boring, so I’m always looking for inspiration to jazz up a favorite recipe.  Little York Peppermint Patties in my favorite brownie recipe was inspiration from above.  A dark fudgy brownie is perfectly accompanied by these minty candies.  The brownies are rich, decadent, and amazing!  Feel free to jazz them up with whatever inspires you!

Dark Chocolate Brownies with York Peppermint Patties | Pale YellowOne Year Ago – Fall Favorites

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Dark Chocolate Brownies with York Peppermint Patties

Adapted from MMMMM Brownies

Yield – 8” x 8” pan, 16-25 pieces

 

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons water

1 teaspoon instant coffee

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract

2/3 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

25 mini York Peppermint Patties

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 ˚F.  Grease an 8” x 8” square pan and line with parchment paper leaving an overhang.  Grease that too.
  2. In a medium saucepan melt the butter, sugar, water, and instant coffee.  When melted add in the chocolate chips and stir until combined and melted.  Add in the eggs one at a time and then the, stir to combine.  Add in the flour, soda, and salt mixing until just combined.
  3. Pour in about half the brownie batter, layer the peppermint patties and then cover with the remaining batter.  Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is shiny and crusty and a toothpick comes out almost clean.  DO NOT OVER BAKE!
  4. Let cool slightly and then slice and serve!Dark Chocolate Brownies with York Peppermint Patties | Pale Yellow

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Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies

Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies | Pale YellowI have turned into such a bum.  I have a green basket fully of papers that need to be dealt with and floors that need to be swept.  Plus, the turtles need a clean tank.  Instead I’ve been watching The Office nonstop and am completely distracted.  I’ve seen the show plenty of times, yet I’m not getting any work done and still laughing out loud.

Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies | Pale YellowI’ve almost made it through three seasons; I’m currently watching the one with Phyllis’ wedding and I hate it when Pam goes home with Roy.  My heart breaks for Jim each and every time.  The season finale of season two always makes me cry.  Speaking of crying, I had to suspend my Olympic-watching due to extreme emotional responses.

Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies | Pale YellowWatching the Olympics usually makes me tear up, but after the Women’s gold-medal hockey game I was a wreck.  It was such a great game and I was in a happy mood baking and running in to see all the exciting plays; and then the last 4 minutes happened.  And once the game ended and they showed all the crying faces, I was done.  I can’t imagine the physical and emotional toll of playing at level and how those women felt.  Despite the outcome, it was a great game of hockey and through my tears I was proud of the US ladies!

Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies | Pale YellowThese cookies were made in an effort to use up all the odd and end ingredients I have in my stock; specifically peppermint bits and extra chocolate chips.  It has been so cold and snowy these past two months I’ve been drinking a lot of cocoa.  Hot cocoa is best enjoyed with a splash or two of peppermint schnapps, hence the peppermint bits.

Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies | Pale YellowAnd obviously hot cocoa needs marshmallows.  These cookies are not the prettiest I’ve made, they are a tad flat, but still super chewy.  The cookies are rich and chocolatey.  There are plenty of chocolate chunks and peppermint bits, the marshmallows really add the hot cocoa flavor.  These cookies were hard to stop eating; literally, I couldn’t stop eating them!  Before winter is over, you should make these cookies!

Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies | Pale YellowTwo Years Ago – White Russian Cupcakes

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Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies
Adapted from Pioneer Woman
Yield – 30 cookies

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup flour
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (or whatever you have on hand)
3/4 cup mini dried marshmallows + extra for topping
1 cup peppermint bits

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F and line three cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar until pale yellow.  Scrape the bowl and beat in the vanilla and egg; mix until well combined.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa, soda, and salt.  Add to the creamed butter on low speed and mix until just combined.  Beat in the chocolate chips, dried marshmallows, and peppermint bits.
  4. Use a 2-tablespoon scoop to portion the dough.  Add dried marshmallows on top.
  5. Bake for 9-11 minutes until just done.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.Mint Hot Cocoa Cookies | Pale Yellow

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Chocolate Peppermint Roll

Chocolate Peppermint Roll | Pale YellowI should be done with holiday recipes and start posting healthful food to get 2014 started right!  However, I’m not done!  January will bring more sweet treats and Monday will bring the last holiday themed recipe.  Promise!  I’ll be so busy packing and moving all January, I’ll probably just post cocktail recipes; that sounds closer to the truth.

Chocolate Peppermint Roll | Pale YellowThe recipe was an accomplishment; I’ve never made a roll up cake before.  I’ve always loved the look of roll-up cakes but was really intimidated by baking a cake on a cookie sheet and then rolling it up.  Fear is gone!  Despite a few cracks, this cake was a piece of cake!  Pun intended.  I made this when Michelle was over helping me bake and she was all like, “I’ve made lots of roll up cakes, they’re easy!”  It was great having her on hand to lend some tips!

Chocolate Peppermint Roll | Pale Yellow2012 was the year of stacked cakes, 2013 was the year of bundt cakes, so maybe 2014 will be the year of rolled cakes.  I know I have a pumpkin one pinned for next fall and I have visions of strawberry shortcake dancing in my head.  It will probably happen!  I’ll just need to wait and see how my new kitchen is for baking; I’ve been very accustomed to my current set-up…

Chocolate Peppermint Roll | Pale YellowDid you know this cake is gluten free?  True story; naturally gluten free!  I appreciate when recipes are naturally gluten-free or vegan or dairy free without any special ingredients.  I want to build my arsenal of allergies-friendly recipes that I can whip out whenever needed without having to buy weird stuff.  Everyone deserves to eat delicious treats!

Chocolate Peppermint Roll | Pale YellowThis cake is quite delicious. The cake portion is soft and spongy with a rich chocolate flavor.  The eggs keep everything light and moist.  It’s hard to go wrong with a rich, minty whipped cream in the center!  To top of the cake there is a lovely ganache with peppermint pieces.  This type of dessert tastes as good as it looks and is a perfect center piece for any holiday table!

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Chocolate Peppermint Roll
Adapted from Joy the Baker
Yield – 10-12 slices

Cake
6 eggs, separated
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt
3/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Filling
1 1/4 cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 vanilla bean, seeds scrapped out

Ganache
2/3 cup heavy cream
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup Andes peppermint pieces

  1. Cake – Preheat the oven to 350 ˚F.  Grease a 17×12” cookie sheet and line with parchment paper.  Grease and flour the parchment paper.  Set aside.
  2. Separate the eggs.  Beat the egg yolks with 1/4 cup of sugar until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
  3. While eggs are beating, melt the chocolate in the microwave in 10-second intervals.  Add the chocolate in a slow stream while the mix runs on high.  The egg mixture should become even thicker.  Beat in the vanilla.  Transfer the mix to another bowl.
  4. Clean the bowl and beater well and dry.  Add in the egg whites and and a pinch of salt to the clean bowl.  Beat until frothy.  Sprinkle in the cream of tartar and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Beat until stiff peaks form.
  5. Fold the stiff egg whites into the chocolate mixture in three increments.  Fold slowly to keep the air.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and rotate the pan to spread the batter evenly. Take care to not squash the batter.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes or until the top is dry.  Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Filling – While the cake is cooling make the whipped cream filling by adding the heavy cream to a bowl of stand mixer with a whisk attachment.
  9. Add in the sugar, peppermint extract, and the seeds from one vanilla bean.  Beat until the cream has stiff peaks.
  10. Allow to set in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  11. Spread the whipped cream over the cooled cake.  Start rolling at the short end of the cake facing you.  Use the parchment paper to help you roll the cake.  If it cracks a bit it’s ok.
  12. Once the cake is rolled, place it in the fridge for another 10 minutes to set.
  13. Ganache – Heat 2/3 cup heavy cream in a saucepan until it begins to simmer.  Pour over the chocolate and set aside for 3 minutes.  Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  14. Assembly – Pour the ganache over the cake and push to the sides.  Sprinkle the Andes mint pieces over the top.  Refrigerate the cake for several hours to firm up before cutting.Chocolate Peppermint Roll | Pale Yellow

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Peppermint Marshmallows

peppermint marshmallows | pale yellowI can’t stop with the peppermint and I still have another recipe to share with you; I’m slightly out of control.  Slightly is putting it mildly.  Yesterday morning I ate a cupcake for breakfast on my way to work.  Yep.  It’s the holidays.  But once I got to work I drank a green smoothie; they canceled each other out, right?

peppermint marshmallows | pale yellowYou know what else it out of control?  No one takes my suggestions.  Everywhere I have served these marshmallows, I have done so with a side of hot cocoa packets and NO ONE makes hot cocoa.  No one.   I don’t understand.  Marshmallows are a little weird to eat all on their own, but in hot cocoa – magical!

peppermint marshmallows | pale yellowWhen I drink hot cocoa at home I usually add a splash or two of creme de menthe because I adore chocolate + mint.  I’m not one to have marshmallows laying around the house, but their festivity and sweetness adds much to a mug of already decadent hot cocoa.  This recipe combines both loves.

peppermint marshmallows | pale yellowTo be perfectly honest, part of the reason I made these marshmallows  is the color!  There is a lot of brown on a typical cookie try, especially when forgoing decorated sugar cookies, and there needs to be some brightness to break up the chocolate.  Creamy, dreamy white marshmallows with pink on top are perfect.

peppermint marshmallows | pale yellowPeppermint marshmallows are not just Totes McGoates Adorbs; they are delicious too, obvi!  There is strong peppermint flavor from all the extract plus even more flavor from the crushed candy canes on top.  Maybe your friends and family will be more open suggestions when you make them these amazing marshmallows and serve them with hot cocoa!

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Peppermint Marshmallows
Adapted from Cookie Baker Lynn
Yield – 24 pieces

3 packages unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
5 candy canes, crushed
powdered sugar for dusting

  1. Grease a 9×13” pan and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of cold water to the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the 3 packages of gelatin on top.  Set aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan add the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and remaining water.  Stir until the sugar dissolves.  Heat and cook until the syrup reaches 240 ˚F.
  4. Use the whisk attachment and turn the mixer on low.  Drizzle in the hot syrup.
  5. Keep the mixer on low until the syrup is combined and then turn the mixer on high for about 15 minutes or until the marshmallow is light and fluffy.  Add in the peppermint extract and mix until well combined.
  6. Spread the marshmallow in the pan and sprinkle the crushed the candy canes on top.  Let the marshmallows set.
  7. Liberally sprinkle a surface with powdered sugar.  Use kitchen shears to cut the marshmallows into pieces.  Dip the edges in more powdered sugar to avoid sticking.
  8. Store in an airtight container.peppermint marshmallows | pale yellow

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