A lightly minted palate cleanser is the perfect ending to any holiday meal! These festive bites are an ideal balance of sweetness without tasting overly rich. Whether for a cookie swap or family gathering, a plateful of thin mints is sure to delight!
Jess BlazejewskiHoliday Thin Mint Cookies
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- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 16 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 1 ½ teaspoon peppermint extract or oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream butter until fluffy and add the powdered sugar. Mix until combined. Stir in the salt, vanilla and cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is combined and the batter resembles a rich frosting. Add flour and combine. Do not over mix.
- Form dough into a ball, then flatten into a disk one inch thick. Cover in plastic wrap and place in freezer for 15 minutes.
- Remove dough from the freezer and roll on a floured surface 1/8-inch. Cut cookies using 1 1/2-inch cutter.
- Place cookies on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the oven and allow them to cool completely on a cooling rack. While the cookies cool, make the peppermint coating. Chop the baking chocolate into small pieces. Place in double boiler over low heat until melted. Stir in the peppermint extract.
- Place the cooked in the melted chocolate one at a time. Turn to coat entirely, then lift the cookie out of the chocolate with the fork.
- Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Place the cookies in the refrigerator to set.
Photography: One Brass Fox | Recipe: One Brass Fox
With a blazing yule before us, here at SMP Living we’re keeping cozy and kicking off the celebrations to come with our rendition of Social Hour! We’ve collected your weekly favorites from Instagram and Pinterest in one pretty place. The festivities are beginning as it’s time to strike the harp and join the chorus by clicking through below!
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Wrapping is a daunting task for me. It always starts out fun but about 3 presents in I’m ready to throw everything in a gift bag, slap on a bow and call it a day. But if that wrapping were taking place with my girlfriends, cocktails and donuts at our fingertips, I think I would be singing a new tune. Have a look at this glittering wrapping party crafted by La Ricki, Hoot And Holler and photographed by The Birdie Girl plus a yummy cocktail recipe below! And for even more, check out our 2014 Holiday Mag.
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From La Ricki… Our inspiration was to bring girlfriends together, at any time of day, enjoy each other’s company and the spirit of the season. They sipped the crisp apple bourbon cocktail in vintage coupe glasses to add elegance. Rollover Doughnuts offered the most precious and delicious treats that melted in your mouth! The treats paired perfectly as the girls cozied up on the sofa with warm lattes.We kept the colors neutral with colors of creams, blush, and mixing metallic metals with a few pops of green. Hoot and Holler added amazing beauty with their gorgeous arrangements in metallic vases that added to the holiday feel. We accessorized with glass bead and tassel jewelry by the lovely Henny and Coco. Antique trays fitted with rustic wood held the cocktails and our pretty wrapping ephemera.
As friends enjoyed their sips and sweets they created simple, elegant gift wrapping in a few different ways. We wrapped with glitter washi tape making simple designs, chalk pen hand-lettering on kraft wrapping paper. And for the final finishing touches we mixed in hand-lettered gift tags in white and blush paper, mini ornament baubles to add a little glimmer and white felt bows. What was also truly important to us in bringing everyone together was uniting community by shopping local with small businesses. Every gift that was wrapped is a local and handcrafted good made in Phoenix, AZ.
Erin LepperdCrisp Apple Bourbon
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- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup diced peeled fresh ginger
- 1 cup bourbon
- 1/2 cup pear vodka
- 1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters
- 2 cups brut-style (aka dry) sparkling apple cider
- 8 thin apple slices (optional, for decor)
- Place all 3 ingredients in blender, on HIGH for 30 seconds. Cool and strain through sieve into bowl. Discard solids. Package syrup in decorative glass bottle.
- Combine 3 tablespoons maple mixture, bourbon pear vodka, and bitters in small pitcher. Add ice and stir 15 seconds. Strain 1/4 cup into each of 8 cocktail coupes. Top each glass with 1/4 cup cider. Garnish with apple slice, if desired. Serve immediately.
Photography: The Birdie Girl | Floral Design: Hoot And Holler | Accessories: Henny And Coco | Baker: Rollover Doughnuts | Coup And Tray Rental: Vintage Rusticity | Event Design + Planning: La Ricki | Gifts: Flora Apothecary | Gifts: Taylor Town Design Shop | Gifts: MAME Soy Candles | Gifts: Stapley Dolls | Invitations And Handlettering: Page And Mason | Pillows, Throw + Stags: Target