Neither Halloween, nor the pumpkin spice November craze, phase me. It’s the peppermint this time of year that calls to me and entangles me in all of it’s minty goodness. In particular, the eating evolved peppermint coconut cups (which you can now only purchase on Thrive Market or make your own - recipe to come) are by far my favorite.
That being said, I’ve created a short cookie round-up for you. Don’t be fooled by it being “short.”
While I appreciate the 80-recipe round-ups, I know I don’t have time to look through 80 recipes, nor whittle it down to my top 10, nor bake said top 10 different cookies. The thought of the mess alone kills me.
I doubt you have the time either!
Since our little family has been going a mile a minute lately, we hunkered down this weekend and made several different cookies, got crafty, and watched Elf and the pbs series of Little Women (I may have shed a tear or two!).
Without further ado, here are the COOKIE RECIPES I think you should get busy making this winter season:
Cranberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies
We adapted Caroline Potter’s gluten free blackberry jam thumbprint cookies to be a delicious cranberry jam thumbprint cookie. We made enough jam to go on top of oatmeal or eat by the spoonful after we topped our cookies.
To make the jam:
1 lb fresh cranberries
¼ cup water
4 tbsp honey
2 tsp fresh squeezed orange juice
1 ½ tsp grass-fed gelatin
Warm a skillet to medium-low heat. Add the cranberries and water and heat for 10 minutes.
Use the back of a spoon to crush the cranberries, releasing their juices.
Stir in in the honey, orange juice, and gelatin. Heat for an additional 10 minutes, allowing the jam to simmer slightly.
Remove from heat and let cool.
If you like it chunky, leave as it, otherwise use an immersion or high-speed blender to puree the jam.
You can’t let the Christmas season go by without making gingersnaps. These cookies, created by Danielle Walker, are my Charlie Bear’s favorite.
Or if you want to get super fancy, try these iced gingersnap cookies.
A new treat but one we’ll be keeping! Note, this recipe is NOT gluten-free or even paleo for that matter. I repeat, this is not GF or paleo…yet. I paleofied it today but it still needs a few tweaks. To get this into your hands now, this is the real deal, sugar laden cookie. I’ll repost soon when I have the paleo version in a better state.
Say what?! Yep, it’s a thing, and Brittany Angell kills it again!
No Bake Peppermint Hot Cocoa Bites
I’ll take it! Once again, I’ll need to post my recipe for peppermint coconut cups another time, but this recipe for peppermint hot cocoa bites Is divine, with an extra boost from the collagen peptides.
I hope you slow down to make a few of these yourself. If you do, let me know which ones you decided to make and what you thought of them.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!