Peppermint Bark Pudding Cookies & Cookie Exchange Printables Recipe
This post has been sponsored by Real California Milk.
The holidays are upon us and all of the crazy fun that comes with them! I come from a long line of cookie bakers, and Christmas cookies are a treat I look forward to all year long.
One of the best ways to get your fill of delicious cookies is to host a cookie exchange! It's a great opportunity to bake up your favorite cookie recipes and share the holiday spirit with your friends.
Obviously, nothing goes quite so well with cookies like an ice cold glass of milk! So it's only fitting that Real California Milk is doing everything they can to help you put on the ultimate cookie exchange of the season! California is the number one dairy state in the US (they produced 654 lbs of butter in 2012!!), which means they know what they're talking about when it comes to milk and cookies.
I've teamed up with Real California Milk to bring you an amazing holiday cookie recipe and a set of adorable printables to help make your cookie exchange a piece of cake (er… cookie?)!
You'll want to start out by giving your friends an invitation in plenty of time for them to plan around the unavoidable holiday chaos! Like so…
Click here to download and print this invitation.
At the cookie exchange, it is a great idea to label each plate that comes through the door with the baker's name and the name of the cookie. This way, everyone knows exactly what's in each cookie and who to praise for their deliciousness!
Click here to download and print these labels.
And of course, since everyone worked so hard to create such a fabulous cookie spread… award your friends for their cookie recipes!! There are 6 awards here that you can choose from, but I made sure to leave one of them blank so that you can create ANY award you want. Be super creative with it!
Click here to download and print these awards.
Click here to download and print these awards.
Just to make sure things run seamlessly, here are some really terrific step-by-step directions on preparing to host a cookie exchange:
Click here to download and print directions.
Real California Milk has seriously thought of everything. They're not just equipping you with printables and and a cookie exchange guide, they're also making sure that your cookies are the best on the table! Check out this downloadable baking guide. It tells you everything you need to know about baking with Real California Dairy— such a great tool to keep on hand throughout your holiday baking!
Peppermint Bark is one of my favorite seasonal treats, and adding it to my favorite dark chocolate pudding cookie is simply heaven. Follow this recipe (and be sure to use Real California Butter) for the peppermint chocolate cookie of your dreams 🙂
- 1 cup Real California butter, cold
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 Tbsp hot water
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup dark cocoa Powder
- 3.75 oz chocolate pudding mix
- 1 cup peppermint bark, chopped into bits
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Using a stand mixer, beat the Real California butter until smooth.
- Add the brown sugar and sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes, until nearly creamy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time and mixing in between additions.
- Dissolve the baking soda in the tablespoon of water. Add both the baking soda and the vanilla to the mixer and mix well. Mix in the salt.
- Add the flour, cocoa powder, and pudding mix, and mix until dough forms.
- Mix in the peppermint bark bits and chocolate chips using a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined or silicon lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are set. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
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