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Peanut Butter Peppermint Cookies, “Christmas Time is Here,” Wham! & Mozart

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Peanut Butter Peppermint Cookies. Ooey, goey, refreshing, homey, & comforting! Who knew?

Peanut Butter Peppermint Cookies, “Christmas Time is Here,” Wham! & Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467 by Mozart.

On weekend mornings, one of the most luxurious things I do for my daughter and I, is to stroll around the neighborhood, lolly gagging at the trees, the flowers, the sky and whatever else catches our eyes. I truly look forward to it (along with our “Elsa” and “Anna” piano lessons), knowing the fresh air, mental break, and exhilarating exercise is what keeps me happy, balanced, and more apt to laughter. During Halloween, we’d make it a point to find the best decorations, (we were very lucky because there were LOTS of wonderfully festive houses) and make it an event- talking about the skeletons, the werewolves, and (oh!) the pumpkins! So many pumpkins! Christmas, is no exception.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen houses transform from the ghoulish, to Christmas lights partially strewn, to fully decorated for the holiday season. Greens, reds, whites, blues, and gold- we’re happy to see it all. We decided ourselves, to put up the tree and the trimmings the weekend before Thanksgiving, not unlike many others, to give our holiday an extra homey feel. This weekend, feels complete not only in our house, but in our neighborhood: wreaths festooning doorways, garlands draped over balustrades, peppermint candy canes festooned over driveways, and our favorites… seeing reindeers, snowmen, North Pole penguins, and Santa glittering in the night, raining goodwill and cheer on a holiday season where we could all use some warm hugs.

Here’s a Peanut Butter Peppermint cookie recipe that you can do in one bowl, in order to free up and luxuriate in some well-deserved time, so you can do what we do- lolly gag around the neighborhood, wrapped in the safety and comfort of knowing that no matter what comes your way, love, happiness, and joy are around the corner if you choose to find it. Here’s to feeding your holiday soul.

Thanks for reading! I hope this makes your day! Have a wonderful week! Xo, Melissa

Because the holiday season, even when I was a kid, starts with this song. I hope this conjures wonderful and warm memories, to help keep the cold at bay. I LOVE them watching ice skate.

A Charlie Brown Christmas- Christmas Time is Here Song

Because, no holiday season is complete without this stuck in your head!

Wham! - Last Christmas (Official Video)

Because you can't help but be happy listening to the Mozart C Major Piano Concerto. No. 21, K. 467. Happy listening!

Mozart - Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467/Yeol Eum Son

Peanut Butter & Peppermint combo! Ooey, goey, and DELICIOUS. Who knew?

Peanut Butter Peppermint Cookies

by Ellettra Wiedemann

Here’s the original link:

(Makes 10 cookies)


1 cup smooth peanut butter

1 cup sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon peppermint extract 5 mint chocolate sandwich candies, halved


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

2. Using an electric mixer, beat the peanut butter, sugar, egg, and extract in a medium bowl until smooth.

3. Drop about 2 Tablespoons of the dough onto the prepared baking sheets and press down gently to flatten. Then, with a fork, press the center in a criss-cross pattern, dipping the fork in water in between each cookie to moisten.

4. Place a candy half in the middle. Repeat with the remaining dough and candies.

5. Bake until slightly golden around the edges, rotating the baking sheets from top to bottom and front to back halfway through, 18–20 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheets about 10 minutes, and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Enjoy!

Thanks for reading! I hope this made you laugh and smile! Have a wonderful week! Xo, Melissa

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