Peppermint Mocha Cookies

Delectable chocolate cookies are given a festive kick with the addition of espresso powder and peppermint candy canes. Peppermint Mocha Cookies are the perfect treat for any holiday cookie tray. I had a ton of cookie recipes on my Christmas must-make list, and truth be told, some were pretty fancy-schmancy. But I decided that the …

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Delectable chocolate cookies are given a festive kick with the addition of espresso powder and peppermint candy canes. Peppermint Mocha Cookies are the perfect treat for any holiday cookie tray.

Four peppermint mocha cookies stacked on a plate. Glasses of milk and more cookies are in the background

I had a ton of cookie recipes on my Christmas must-make list, and truth be told, some were pretty fancy-schmancy. But I decided that the list simply wasn’t going to happen. 

That’s sort of the theme of the last few years, right?

Instead of stressing out, I’m making a few Christmas cookies that are simple, but absolute crowd-pleasers. Cookies like these Peppermint Mocha Cookies, plus Peanut Butter Blossoms, Rum Balls, and Snowball Cookies – they’re simple, they’re delicious, and everyone loves them, making them total wins in my book.

I’m most definitely cutting myself a break this year, and if you’re in a similar situation, you should too.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms

Sugar dipped peanut butter cookies topped with Hershey’s Kisses.

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Peanut Butter Blossoms – sometimes known as Hershey Kiss Cookies or Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – are the perfect classic holiday cookie to make with kids or bring to a cookie exchange.

Peanut butter blossoms arranged on a piece of parchment paper, with christmas lights twinkling in the background

Long-time readers know that I used to teach school full time – more specifically junior high. 

I found myself with an extra period each Friday and had to figure out something to do with the 50 minutes that would both keep the kids busy and force them to interact with each other in a positive manner.

I remember sitting at the computer when it hit me – I could have them cook and bake together.

I quickly pretty much relinquished all control over what we cooked and baked to my students. I allowed them to choose the recipes, create the shopping lists and make the dish from start to finish (minus any knife work).

Although I was a little bit nervous with the whole process, the students displayed an amazing amount of teamwork and enthusiasm – honestly, I couldn’t have been more proud of them.

During the holidays, we decided to make Peanut Butter Blossom cookies. I thought there was no more perfect time of year to introduce them to this classic chocolate-peanut butter cookie.

Even though I haven’t taught full-time in years, I’m still grateful for the opportunity to allow my students to channel their creativity and curiosity in a positive way. I hope they still remember making Peanut Butter Blossoms together and taking them home to share with their families.

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Biscoff Sandwich Cookies

Oatmeal cookies sandwiched with Biscoff Spread frosting – perfect for stashing in lunchboxes or served with an ice cold glass of milk after a long day of hitting the books!

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Biscoff Sandwich Cookies are made up of two Biscoff-flavored oatmeal cookies and a creamy Biscoff filling. They’re sweet and indulgent and absolutely perfect for anyone who loves cookie butter!

Four biscoff sandwich cookies stacked on a marble countertop

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Turtle Cookie Balls

Turtle Cookie Balls couldn’t be cuter as a make-ahead holiday treat. Homemade gifts are the best, and these babies prove it! As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I start to think about the gift-giving season. Since we can’t get together in person with all of our family this year, I’m trying my very best to …

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Turtle Cookie Balls couldn’t be cuter as a make-ahead holiday treat. Homemade gifts are the best, and these babies prove it!

White plate with 3 turtle cookie balls in front of a cup of coffee

As soon as Thanksgiving is over, I start to think about the gift-giving season. Since we can’t get together in person with all of our family this year, I’m trying my very best to make sure I am ready with lots of homemade treats on hand to give to my loved ones.

Store-bought gifts are awesome, sure. (I’d never turn down some new candles from that smell-good place at the mall, after all!) But there’s something so lovely about giving your family homemade yummies.

Like these Turtle Cookie Balls. Let me just say that there’s something truly spectacular when chocolate, caramel, vanilla wafers, and pecans come together in one little morsel. And they’re SO easy to make!

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Peppermint Oreo Balls

Peppermint Oreos are combined with cream cheese and crushed candy canes and in dipped in candy melts to create Peppermint Oreo Cookie Balls. They’re simple and so delicious.

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Peppermint Oreos are combined with cream cheese and crushed candy canes and dipped in candy melts to create Peppermint Oreo Balls. They’re simple, festive, and so delicious.

Cookie tin filled with Peppermint oreo balls on a gray counter

I know it’s only December 4th, but I am already getting the urge to start holiday baking. Only problem is, I don’t really have the freezer space at the moment to store much of anything. That thing is packed with butter, chicken and more mini ice cream sandwiches than I care to admit.

I am pretty obsessed with Peppermint Oreo Balls every holiday season. They’re super simple to make and can easily be adapted to fit your personal taste.

Don’t like peppermint? No problem. Simply use regular Oreos and omit the crushed peppermint, or use any other of your favorite flavors of Oreos. I have used regular Oreos, Mint, Peanut Butter and Peppermint Bark all with great results.

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Iced Pumpkin Cookies

Soft, spicy, cake-like Pumpkin Cookies topped with a sweet vanilla glaze.

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These Iced Pumpkin Cookies are soft and cake-like, topped with a vanilla glaze icing. This is a recipe you’ll want to make again and again.

Four iced pumpkin cookies stacked on a white plate

There are certain recipes that I come back to time and time again. And every single fall, these Iced Pumpkin Cookies are at the top of my list.

Well, these pumpkin cookies and pumpkin roll, pumpkin crunch cake and pumpkin cheesecake. Notice a theme here? I’m all about the pumpkin.

Whether you’re looking for a sweet treat for your family or wanting to cheer up a neighbor or friend, these iced pumpkin cookies are sure to be a hit!

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Chai Sugar Cookies

Chewy Sugar Cookies with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, allspice and black pepper.

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Chewy Chai Sugar Cookies pack a flavor punch with a blend of chai-inspired spices. If you love chai, these are the cookies for you!

Glass of milk next to chai sugar cookies scattered on a piece of parchment paper

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Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies

Soft and chewy Pumpkin Molasses Cookies sandwiched together with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting.

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Soft and chewy pumpkin molasses cookies filled with tangy cream cheese frosting make for the best Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies.

Pumpkin molasses sandwich cookies arranged on a countertop, some propped on their sides

Well, friends, here we are in the home stretch before Thanksgiving and I’m still coming at ya with pumpkin recipes.

I’m a little behind in my Thanksgiving prep this year due to vacation, but I’ve got a solid week ahead of me to make it all happen.

Luckily, I remembered to order my turkey last week when someone mentioned a Turkey Buzzard on the beach.

Today I’m sharing an oldie but goodie for Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies.

This recipe has been on my blog for years, but it definitely needed a refresh.

I know so many people think pumpkin recipes shouldn’t stretch beyond Thanksgiving, but I am here to tell you that these Pumpkin Molasses Sandwich Cookies are pretty perfect any time of the year – but especially perfect for the holiday season.

Because they’re rolled in sugar, they have a little glisten to them which will make them a beautiful addition to any holiday cookie tray!

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