Tis the season to deck the halls, drink eggnog, and make eat too many cookies.

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I was involved in not one, not two, but three cookie exchanges this year. I’m still debating if that’s a good thing. I have a freezer full of delicious cookies to show for it but it’s a freezer full of cookies, you know? I don’t have the best self control when it comes to the sugar…….

Thank God for jeggings.

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Lindsey of Love and Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchenput together the first annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. It went something like this. I bake three dozen cookies and send a dozen each to three assigned bloggers. In return I too get a dozen cookies from three assigned bloggers. Sound fun? Well it certainly was! I didn’t know any of the bloggers I sent cookies to and only knew of one that sent them to me. So to gain 5 “new” friends is all just bonus!

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After going back on forth on what kind of cookies to send, I settled on these peppermint truffle brownies bites because 1) they are deee-licious, 2) they travel well, and 3) I’ve made them before so I knew they’d turn out.

These cookies kind of happened by accident. I was making a salted caramel version when I ran out of chocolate caramel candies. I happened to have some of these Hershey candy cane kisses lying around and thought they’d make a good stand in. I was so right. But then again, when am I not right? (That one is for you honey.) You just can’t go wrong with peppermint and chocolate.

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I sent cookies to three ladies who call the south home. Sally from SallAboutMe, Leah from The Primrose Bird, and Jennifer from Such a Time as This. I heard from Sally that she got cookies so I hope the other ladies got them and loved them. If not, blame the postman.

We took a quick family vacation last week to southern California and all of my cookies arrived in the days we were gone. Good thing it was cold as she-ite in Utah last week. The cookies hung out in the outside refrigerator/freezer otherwise known as my mailbox. I was like a kid in a candy store ripping open what I knew to be my cookies. I got a beautiful assortment from three very talented bloggers. I got some lovely sunflower butter-chocolate chip cookies from Mary at The Food Librarian, aka, the bundt cake queen. I could spend days browsing through her bundt cake category. It’s unreal! Suzanne from KokoCooks sent the most gorgeous cookies I have ever seen, Lemon Almond Springerle. You must check her post today for pictures and the recipe. Honestly, I have never seen a more beautiful cookie. Last but certainly not least, Mackenzie from The Caramel Cookie sent me two kinds of molasses cookies: thin & crispy and soft & chewy. Both delicious and Mackenzie’s site is full of sweet treats so if you have a sweet tooth her blog is a must!

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Make sure to visit out my “new” friends and check back with Lindsey and Julie on Thursday as they’ll be doing a round up of all the bloggers that participated in the cookie swap this year. I think it was over a 100! I fun way to get some new recipes for any last minute baking you might want to do before the holidays!

Happy Monday to you all!!

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16 Responses to Peppermint Truffle Brownie Cookies

  1. Maria says:

    What a fun cookie swap! I have some of those kisses lying around. I might have to make these this week:)

  2. Sally says:

    These are amazing. (And my favorite cookies I received!) I have been wracking my brain to figure out how you did the peppermint in the center and how you got the red to swirl so perfectly! I can’t wait to try these and fool my friends too!! Thank you!

  3. These look so tasty! I have to participate in the swap next year :)

  4. Karista says:

    Kelly, these look so festive and delish! My youngest gal is adding your recipe to our annual Chrisymas cookie baking day. Can’t wait to eat one. Have a happy holiday season.

  5. Deborah says:

    I immediately told my mom about these after I got home from Pam Anderson’s book signing. I’m totally making these – and I need the caramel recipe, too, because those were AWESOME!!

  6. I have been lucky enough to try these little treats and, to everyone one reading this, I am telling you that you MUST make these. They will be the hit of your cookie swap.

  7. these look and sound amazing!!! Miss you

  8. Alyssa says:

    Found your recipe via Pinterest – they look awesome!! :)

    Do these freeze well? I’d like to make them for Christmas, but would have to make them this week and freeze them…

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