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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Cranberry Crumb Bars

If you love tart cranberries, you’ll adore these Cranberry Crumb Bar! These bars are a cross between a cookie and a pie with plenty of tart cranberry flavor to go around. ::intro:: SWEET AND TART CRANBERRY BARS You all know I love a crumb bar and love an excuse to try them with different fruits. …

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If you love tart cranberries, you’ll adore these Cranberry Crumb Bar! These bars are a cross between a cookie and a pie with plenty of tart cranberry flavor to go around.

Two cranberry crumb bars stacked on a plate and topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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Frosted Ginger Cookies

Chewy gingersnaps are topped with a simple buttercream frosting for wonderfully seasonal Frosted Ginger Cookies! These are so good, you may want to eat them all year ‘round. This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible. I am fully in holiday cookie-baking …

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Chewy gingersnaps are topped with a simple buttercream frosting for wonderfully seasonal Frosted Ginger Cookies! These are so good, you may want to eat them all year ‘round.

Two white plates with frosted ginger cookies on a white countertop

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I am fully in holiday cookie-baking mode. The decorations are up, Elle’s Elf on a Shelf is getting into her nightly shenanigans, and my kitchen is a full-on holiday treat factory.

Recipes like my Peanut Butter Blossoms, Snowball Cookies, and Chocolate Crinkle Cookies are always on the list, and there’s a good chance I’ll be whipping up some Snowflake Sugar Cookies and Coconut Macaroons at some point, too.

We’ll eat some of everything, but most will be packaged up with a nice note and given to neighbors, teachers, and maybe even our UPS driver. I mean, he’s been at our house a lot this year, ok??

This year, I’m adding these Frosted Ginger Cookies to the rotation, too. They’re soft, chewy, and have just the right amount of ginger in them. I think they’ll be a hit!

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Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

BROWN BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIESThe holidays are here and these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are always very my first go-to for the season (or almost anytime I think of baking cookies). Everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie, but add a l…

BROWN BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
The holidays are here and these Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies are always very my first go-to for the season (or almost anytime I think of baking cookies). Everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie, but add a little brown butter and sea salt to the mix…

M&M Cookies

M&M COOKIESM&M Cookies are a classic. I put them on the same level as chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies. They’re easy cookies to make and delicious! I remember having my first m&m cookie when I was in elementary school and a c…

M&M COOKIES
M&M Cookies are a classic. I put them on the same level as chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies. They’re easy cookies to make and delicious! I remember having my first m&m cookie when I was in elementary school and a classmate brought them in for their…

Snickerdoodle Recipe

SNICKERDOODLE RECIPEI love this Snickerdoodle Recipe so much! It reminds me of my childhood. I took my first cooking class one summer when I was 9 and the first thing we made in the class were snickerdoodles. I had never had one before then and it real…

SNICKERDOODLE RECIPE
I love this Snickerdoodle Recipe so much! It reminds me of my childhood. I took my first cooking class one summer when I was 9 and the first thing we made in the class were snickerdoodles. I had never had one before then and it really blew…

Cranberry Bliss Bars

If you find yourself counting down the days until you can get your hands on Cranberry Bliss Bars, this copycat recipe is exactly what you need to enjoy them at home any time of the year. I used to count down the days until I could buy the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar. But now I …

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If you find yourself counting down the days until you can get your hands on Cranberry Bliss Bars, this copycat recipe is exactly what you need to enjoy them at home any time of the year.

Three cranberry bliss bars arranged on a white plate, with a bite taken out of one of them

I used to count down the days until I could buy the Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bar. But now I have my own recipe, and honestly, it’s even better!

Cranberry is such a wonderful flavor that deserves more attention all year long. I’m not complaining about it getting its due in winter, though.

The flavors in these cranberry bars are similar to another copycat recipe of mine, glazed orange scones, as well as my cranberry orange bread and cranberry orange cinnamon rolls.

What can I say, I love the combo of cranberry and orange!

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

Add some fall flair to your oatmeal cookies! These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are filled with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips for a twist on your favorite oatmeal cookie. I’m starting to get into cookie mode over here. While in the school pickup line the other day, I made a list of all of the …

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Add some fall flair to your oatmeal cookies! These Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies are filled with dried cranberries and white chocolate chips for a twist on your favorite oatmeal cookie.

Four pumpkin oatmeal cookies stacked next to a glass of milk

I’m starting to get into cookie mode over here. While in the school pickup line the other day, I made a list of all of the cookie recipes that I want to bake over the holidays.

I must say that I have a pretty good list going with everything from Peanut Butter Blossoms and Crispy Ginger Cookies to these pretty Snowflake Sugar Cookies and classic Gingerbread Cookies.

But before I head into full-on Christmas cookie mode, I decided to whip up a couple of batches of cookies that are full of festive fall flavors.

Pumpkin cookies are a go-to every fall. I’ve made them even better with my favorite cookie add-ins!

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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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