For our cookie exchange this year , I adapted a recipe from one of my blogger friends cookie recipes, Erin from Making Memories with your Kids, that was also published in the Homelife Magazine published by LifeWay. Her recipe called for Peppermint Pudding and I emailed her to see where I could get it as I could not find it anywhere. Turns out Jell-O does not make it anymore, thus my adaptation for this Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookie Recipe.
I had never made cookies using pudding before so I was excited and nervous to try them. As the host of the Cookie exchange I try to make a delicious cookie but really I need to have an easy cookie recipe because I am so busy doing everything else for the party. I will get into that after the cookie recipe.
The dough is pretty thick and I used a small ice cream scoop to make my cookies. I also set the timer to 8 minutes just to be sure I did not over bake them
This chocolate cookie recipe was simple to make, and per Erin’s advice and did not over cook them even though they seem a little undercooked when you pull them out.
Now for the Cookie Exchange party update. Check out all these cookies. 18 different choices this year.
Loved the holiday party games this year. We played A-Z Holiday words. I broke the girls into partners and they had 5 minutes to think of words from A-Z that were holiday related. Only unique answers counted as a point. Amazing what some of these creative women came up with.
Second Holiday game we played at the cookie exchange party was Remember the Tray game. I filled a tray with about 20 items, mainly Xmas related like stamps, peppermints, bulbs… you get it. I allowed the ladies to look at it for 1 minute then took it away. They then had 1 minute to write down as many items they could remember. The person with most correct answers won.
Ended the game time with Christmas Song and Movie Charades. Broke the group up into two teams and everyone had fun acting out some obscure Christmas songs and Christmas movies.
What is your favorite Cookie Exchange Cookie Recipes?
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup packed, light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 3.4 oz pkg Chocolate Pudding, instant
- 2 eggs room temp
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups AP Flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup chocolate chips, (semi sweet or dark)
- 1 1/2 cup peppermint flavored, baking chips
- Cream butter and sugars.
- Add pudding mix and mix well. Stir in eggs and vanilla
- Add chocolate chips and 1 cup peppermint chips, gently stir until blended
- Place on cookie sheet in 1 tablespoon scoops. Gently flatten cookes and add reserved peppermint chips as garnish.
- Bake at 350 degrees oven for 10 minutes. Do not over bake. Transfer to a wire rack to cook