Growing up, New Year’s Eve was something my sisters’ and I always looked forward to. The main reason? We got to stay up past our bedtime–3 hours past our bedtime. You know, when you’re in middle school, that’s a big deal! My parents aren’t big ring-in-the-new-year kind-of people, so when we got into high school, we usually spent the night at our girlfriends’ houses. With my girlfriends, our New Year’s Eve party consisted of this: renting a comedy movie, making cookies, painting our nails, and talking about boys and dreams of our future. At about 11:45 PM, we would switch from watching our movie to ABC, to watch Dick Clark drop the ball in Times Square. At midnight, we’d raise our sparkling cider glasses and say “Cheers!” Then we’d go back to watching our movie and eating cookies (or cookie dough) again. Some years, we’d make ridiculous New Year’s Resolutions, most of which I could never attain, but I don’t think that was the point. Ahh…to be sixteen again.
Anyway, I hope you’re planning some fun New Year’s Eve party, and these cookies would be the perfect guest to bring along. Peppermint is such a winter treat, and paired in a cookie…wow. The peppermint bark in these cookies adds such a subtle flavor, but it’s what makes these cookies so delicious.
When I make cookies, I usually double the batch (and you can certainly do that with this recipe). I usually only bake about 9 cookies, and with the rest, I freeze the dough in balls. This year, I gave some away as Christmas gifts to friends, all complete with a cute Santa tin box. Continue reading