Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dark Chocolate and Mint Chip cookies :)

Thinking about a last minute cookie recipe to make for Santa? Forget someone to give a gift to? How about making these amazing dark chocolate and mint chip cookies? I just made 4 dozen of these cookies and they are amazing. To me, they taste just like thin mint cookies from the Girl Scouts. Without further delay, here is the recipe!

2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cups unsweetened baking cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 cups (10-oz package) Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate and Mint Morsels

Heat oven to 325*F

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

For this recipe I liked my baking sheet with tin foil to avoid sticking and a mess. These are delish! You can buy the morsels at Target but hurry! I believe they are a limited holiday edition. If you can't find them, try substituting crushed Andies mints.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas is near!

A bit about me:

Eggnog or hot chocolate? Both! Eggnog is probably first, considering you can't really get it at any time of the year

Does Santa wrap the presents or leave them open under the tree? Santa ALWAYS wraps presents :) usually with bright pink wrapping paper :D

Colored lights on a tree or white? Right now I have white lights on my tree but I'm not apposed to colored lights, which I have hanging everywhere else. 

Do you hang mistletoe? No, I never have but I'd like to. Most people thing of Holly when they are actually thinking of mistletoe 

What is your favorite holiday dish? I would have to say anything on Thanksgiving but I think that we are talking about Christmas here so probably cinnamon rolls which we usually have on Christmas morning, then the ham. Oh yummy ham. 

Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? Sometimes, it depends if my family is working on Christmas day or not. My mom is from Germany and it's traditional to open gifts on Christmas Eve night. And then of course sometimes I bug my parents so much that they give in and we dive in :)

How do you decorate your Christmas tree? I live in a small apartment so I have a mini 3 foot Christmas tree that is pink with white lights, silver tinsel, red, purples and silver ornaments and also small white snow-ball looking ornaments and silver ribbon. Still searching for a tree topper! 

Snow: love it or hate it? I have a serious love/hate relationship with snow. I love when it falls and everything is white and glittery, but then when I go outside and spend 15 minutes digging my car out of a foot of snow I really start to hate it. Can you blame me?

What is your favorite holiday dessert? German gingerbread :)

What is your favorite holiday tradition? Spending Christmas with my parents and usually going to my Uncles for Christmas brunch, seeing him and my aunt and my little cousins 

Candy canes: yum or yuck? Yum! Though I haven't had a single one this year! :(

Favorite Christmas show? I don't have a favorite SHOW but A Christmas Story is my all time favorite Christmas movie. I've seen it twice already this season and it is playing 24 hrs on Christmas Eve!

What is everyone doing for Christmas?

Product Review

Hello all! I said I'd be back so here is another blog, this time reviewing a product that I am excited to share. I just had a birthday 2 weeks ago and my boyfriend bought me Benefit Cosmetics' "She Laq" makeup sealer :) I have hooded eyes and couldn't wear eyeliner on my top lids near the lash line. It would always smudge off onto my upper eyelid and form like a mirror image of the liner on the lashes. This makeup sealer was stating that it would seal liner, shadow, blush, lipstick, you name it and it comes with different brushes for different things. When I got it at first I wasn't too sure. It looked like a bottle of nail polish top coat and smelled almost like it too. But after trying it out, I have to say that I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! It does exactly what it says and I am so excited to finally be able to wear eyeliner! I have used it almost every day without any reaction whatsoever and I do not have any bad things to say about it at all. I have so far tried it with gel liner, pencil liner and the almost creamy liners like the ones from Urban Decay that I really love. The product is around $30 and you can get it at Sephora. It is worth the money in my opinion and it seems like it will last a long time :)