But I hang out here in the kitchen, watching my fellow bloggers make all these wonderful tasty treats, and it makes me want to make wonderful tasty treats, too ... especially during the holiday season, when there's no better way to end the day with a cookie and a cup of cocoa.
So here's my busy-girl's fancy cookie idea: Oreos.
Here's my Christmas recipe, in all its glory ... this one is dedicated to the folks who are so frantic that they occasionally leave their cell phone in the refrigerator (true story).
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Oreos
1 package of Oreos or similar chocolate sandwich cookie
1 bag dark chocolate chips
1 Tbs. shortening
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
3 full size candy canes
Getting ready: First, you have to smash the candy canes to smithereens. It's a great stress reliever. (Take that, Rudolph!). Second, line two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Put the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-proof bowl. Microwave 1 minute at a time, stirring after each minute, until the chocolate is melted but not scorched. (For a single bag, microwave on full power, I found 2 minutes to be absolutely perfect.)
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Stir the peppermint extract into the chocolate mixture. Using a fork, drop the Oreos one at a time into the melted chocolate, turning to coat, and then using the fork to lift the cookie back out. Drag the fork across the lip of the bowl to remove extra chocolate. Place the chocolate-coated cookie on the parchment paper. Pause every six cookies or so to sprinkle them with crushed candy cane.
Refrigerate the trays of cookies for about an hour, until the chocolate hardens. Use a thin spatula to remove the cookies from the tray and plate.
Note: A single bag of chips makes about 20 cookies. If you want to do a whole package of Oreos, double the chocolate, shortening, and peppermint extract, and beat another candy cane to death.