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Oh my, it’s week 8 of 12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies, and I’m starting to get a little nervous. Not about the cookie and sweets-baking, though. That’s fun and actually stress relieving. It’s the fact that Christmas is just around the corner that’s freaking. me. out.

The idea that another year has come and almost gone makes me a little sad.  So many “firsts” from the Doodlebug–and right now we’re in the “I can do it MYSELF!” stage.  Which is great and wonderful and awesome, but I also wonder how much longer I’ll be “needed” around this joint.  Sooner or later, I’m going to be thrown over for the neighborhood kids and I’ll end up being nothing more than a laundry service and a chef.  So I’m holding on with both hands and smothering him with kissies for as long as he’ll allow it.

But this year, we’re also in the magical stage.  The stage where I can say “Santa is watching” and tantrums immediately come to a halt.  The stage where we mention Christmas Eve and he explains how children MUST be asleep in order for Santa to make a trip down the chimney.  The stage where he still believes in the merriment and wonder of the holiday season.  And I do, too, because I can live it through him.

Totally awesome.

So I’m really enjoying the baking and cooking and generally going nuts with my holiday preparation.  Even if you don’t have kids, now is the time to start doing some early preparation for the season–get some of those goodies made and stick them in your freezer to have at the ready for your holiday parties or hostess gifts.

Peppermint Bark Collage

 
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Recipe type: dessert
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Rice Krispy cereal
  • 16 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 16 ounces white chocolate
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • crushed peppermints
Method
  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt your bittersweet chocolate. Stir in your cereal, then spread out on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  2. Next, melt your white chocolate. Stir in peppermint extract. Pour over chocolate-covered cereal.
  3. Top with crushed peppermints.
  4. Cut and enjoy!

 

If you missed them, check out my previous weeks’ goodies!

{Week 6} Mint Cookies with White Chocolate Ganache
{Week 5} Red Velvet Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

And while you’re at it, check out all of the other wonderful yummies from this week’s participants.  You’re sure to find at least one thing to make for your holiday parties!