T’is the season for cookies! I love baking and I love Christmas so nothing is better than Christmas cookies. I make the same two or three recipes every year and it’s one of my favorite traditions. Throw on some Christmas music, grab a hot drink, and I’m ready to start baking.
One thing that’s nice to do with all of the cookies is give them as gifts! It’s an expensive but special gift to give friends or family. Giving homemade cookies shows you care and took the time and effort to make something nice. What I’ve started doing this year to bring the cookies to the next level is putting them on a peppermint plate and then wrapping the whole thing in cellophane and a nice bow! It’s such a simple way to make your cookies look far more festive than if you just put them on a paper plate and covered them in plastic wrap or tinfoil.
Making the mint plate is so easy and creates zero mess. Simply place parchment paper on the bottom of a springform pan (the kind you’d use to make a cheesecake) and then lay down one layer or starlight peppermints. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes at 350º F, careful to watch it so the mints don’t burn. The result is so gorgeous it’s hard to believe that it takes hardly any effort at all.
Obviously you can bake whatever cookies you’d like to put on the plate, but my favorite ones to make are a recipe that’s been in my family since I can remember! These chocolate mint cookies only have a few ingredients, are easy to make, and are so delicious!
Once you’ve made your cookies and they’ve cooled, place a healthy amount on your peppermint plate! Wrap the whole thing in clear, cellophane wrap, tie it with a bow, and add a cute gift tag. You’re Christmas cookies are now ready to be given as the perfect, homemade gift!
Happy holidays and thanks for reading!