Chocolate Peppermint Fudge

This easy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge will steal the spotlight at any party when you show up with it on your cookie trays.

Chocolate Peppermint Fudge from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - easy 3 ingredient chocolate fudge with a homemade peppermint patty topping

 I am so sorry to do this to you again.  No, I’m really not that sorry.

Are you guys completely tired of my peppermint obsession yet?  Honest, I have tried jumping off this peppermint train that I am riding.  I did share gingerbread, eggnog, and peanut butter last week…but, I just keep coming up with more fun and exciting recipes that use peppermint.  I kind of get a one track mind when I get obsessed on something.  Just ask my hubby about the scrapbook phase, the card making phase, and the current food prop phase.  He will just roll his eyes and tell you that I am a crazy lady.  It’s a good thing he loves me.  He puts up with me and my “hobbies” that change all the time.

How about I promise that I won’t take up your feed again with peppermint…at least this week.  I can’t make any promises for next week :-)   [Read more...]

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake

This fun and decadent chocolate cake will be the star of any holiday meal this year.  This Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake is actually easier than it looks, but don’t tell your friends that.  Let them think you are a kitchen diva and know how to rock your baking pans.

Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake Cake from www.insidebrucrewlife.com - chocolate cake, peppermint cheesecake, and chocolate decorations make this one spectacular cake

One of my favorite things about the holiday season are all the holiday shows on TV.  I remember as a kid watching all the Christmas cartoons every single year.   We would sit and watch Frosty, Rudolph, and The Grinch every single year, even when I was a teenager.

When our kids were younger, we would do the same thing with them.  As they have gotten older, they kind of look at us funny when we turn these cartoons on.  Where has the magic of childhood gone?  I think it died out when hand held devices became the rage.   Time to institute the no gaming devices again, and plan a fun family movie night.  Cake included!   [Read more...]

Peppermint Shortbread Bar Cookies

Peppermint Shortbread Bar Cookies - easy shortbread bars topped with dark chocolate, peppermint candy, and sprinkles  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 Holiday baking is just around the corner.  I look forward to spending time with my family as we bake around 10 different kinds of cookies to share with our friends and families.  Our three children enjoy helping us make and decorate all the varieties that we bake.  They are really good at taking wrappers off candy, stirring in ingredients, and sampling all the dough and cookies.

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Peppermint Crunch Oreo Truffles

The classic Oreo truffle gets a holiday make over this time of year with Andes peppermint crunch baking chips.  Add these Peppermint Crunch Oreo Truffles to your holiday baking list and watch them disappear.

Peppermint Crunch Oreo Truffles - Oreo truffles with Andes peppermint crunch pieces www.insidebrucrewlife.com

 Do you decorate your house for Christmas before or after Thanksgiving?

We are firm believers in waiting until after Thanksgiving to bring out the red and green decorations or to turn on the holiday music.

Until this year… [Read more...]

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes

These White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes have been brought to you by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.

White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse Cheesecakes - 3 layers of cheesecake for your holiday enjoyment  www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I realized that the holidays are still a little ways off, but I have been busy thinking of new holiday treats to try out for this year.

With my entire being completely enamored with peppermint right now, I have been including it into everything I bake.  Cookies, truffles, and now cheesecake.  Nothing is safe in my kitchen from this peppermint craze.  I sure hope you are all stocked up on peppermint chips and baking ingredients.  My list might end up being pretty long.  Maybe I should just get those fat pants out now… [Read more...]

Peppermint Chip Brownies

Homemade brownies topped with a peppermint chip frosting is the way to go.  Give these Peppermint Chip Brownies a try the next time you get a peppermint craving.

Peppermint Chip Brownies - homemade brownies with a peppermint ganache and chocolate chips www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Yes, that is a homemade brownie.  And yes, it is peppermint sitting on top of it.

I realize that it is only the beginning of November, but I have been craving peppermint like crazy lately.  Don’t worry!  I haven’t forgotten about Thanksgiving…there are still a few pumpkin treats that I need to share with you.

But today, indulge me for a minute!  I made these brownies this week, and they were so good that I had to share them with you right away.    Forget waiting until December…you need these today!!! [Read more...]

Peppermint Snowball Cookies

Peppermint Snowball Cookies - easy cookies dipped in chocolate and candy cane pieces www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Yesterday we had our first big snow storm of the season.  Some parts of the state were under a blizzard warning.  I am so glad we only got about 4 inches of the white stuff.

Want to know a secret?  I don’t like snow.  Oh, I don’t mind it one day a year when I can watch it coming down from inside my window.  Sooner or later though I have to leave our warm cozy house and head to the store for groceries.   There are others in my house who get grumpy when we don’t have real food for dinner :-)   [Read more...]

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Granola Bars

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Granola Bars

 Well, winter is officially here.  Snow was on the ground yesterday morning.  It was only a very light dusting…you could really only see in on the piles of leaves and on the rooftops.  But it was enough to get my kids super excited.  My son is hoping for lots of the powdery white stuff this winter.  Is it bad that I am wishing against snow?  Last year we only had one big snowfall.  That’s my kind of winter;-)

When snow comes, I think about hot chocolate.  We almost always have a big container of the powdered stuff in the cupboards.  We used to buy the little boxes with the packets because they were convenient and the kids could easily make their own.  But then we realized how much hot chocolate they go through that way.  It is actually cheaper to buy one of those bigger containers…that way you aren’t paying for all the packaging.  [Read more...]

Oreo Peppermint Cookies

Oreo Peppermint Cookies - dark chocolate cookies with Oreo chunks and peppermint patty candy pieces www.insidebrucrewlife.com

I really hate to do this to you…but these Oreo Peppermint Cookies are going to rock your world.


I realize you probably already have your cookies baked

or at least have your list of ones you are going to bake.

And I realize you need another cookie recipe
like you need a hole in your head.

But let me persuade you to add these
chocolate peppermint goodies
to that Christmas list.

Santa would want them on his plate of cookies.

Oreo Peppermint Cookies - dark chocolate cookies with Oreo chunks and peppermint patty candy pieces www.insidebrucrewlife.com

Seriously they have Oreo and Peppermint Patty candy pieces
all baked inside a dark chocolate dough.
What’s not to like???

Shoot, forget Santa…you need these in YOUR life.

Like today:-)

Oreo Peppermint Cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Yield: about 24 cookies

Oreo Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate cookies made with Oreo chunks and peppermint candies.

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup flour
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
1 egg
2 cups Oreo cookie chunks
1 cup Peppermint Patty Pieces(the chocolate candies, not the candy bars)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350* In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in both sugars. Add the egg and beat again.
  2. Stir in the baking powder, cocoa powder, and flour. Add the oreo chunks and patty pieces and stir by hand to distribute. Do this gently so you don't break up the chunks of oreos more.
  3. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks. Store in an airtight container.
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