peppermint bark christmas cookies

peppermint bark christmas cookies | ahappyfooddance.comOne of the best parts of Christmas are Christmas cookies. Everyone has their own family recipe, that has been made for years and are usually from memory or top secret.  My new official cookie is these peppermint bark Christmas cookies.

This year I participated in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  Which is where you I secret Santa style received three random food bloggers names and address and I sent them a dozen cookies that I would later post about.  The best part – I received a dozen cookies from three random bloggers as well.

peppermint bark christmas cookies | ahappyfooddance.comThis year the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap again partnered with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a nationwide non-profit organization committed to funding new therapies used in the fight again pediatric cancer, which claims the lives of more children in the US than any other disease.  So I not only got a bunch of cookies, I contributed to a good cause while doing it.  If you’d like to give some love to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer – just click on the link.  You can buy cookies to give to someone as a Christmas gift and 100% of the profit goes to the cause – or you can straight up donate.

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roasted cranberry margarita

Roasted Cranberry Margaritas - the perfect holiday cocktail! | ahappyfooddance.comI know – yesterday, I’m posting a holiday detox smoothie and today I’m trying to get you liquored up with a roasted cranberry margarita.  It’s all about balance, right?!

Nothing says holidays like too many sweets, massive parties with friends and family, and lots-o-booze.  I could forgo the cookies easily for a good cocktail, especially if that cocktail is a margarita.  I think it’s no secret that margs are my bff.  I mean I’ve done this jalapeno cucumber one and a delicious fresh mango version, so why not go festive and put a cranberry spin on one.

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holiday detox smoothie

This holiday detox smoothie starts with a bottom layer of tropical green smoothie and is topped with a burst of berry and beet- the perfect antidote to holiday eating while still being festive.  Dairy-free, vegan and with no added sugar!

Holiday Detox Smoothie - vegan, dairy free and no added sugar!Ugh – is anyone else overloading on cookies, holiday cocktails and appetizers at parties this time of year?!  I love all the socializing and festive activities the holidays bring, but I’m about to be forced to wear yoga pants around the clock.  Mainly because nothing else will fit.

I needed an intervention.  I usually go pretty light when it comes to breakfast, yogurt and some fresh fruit.  Maybe a Kind bar and a green tea if i’m on the run.  But I wanted to do something with a little more fuel and a lot more nutrition. Something with greens and fruit while still being easy and quick.

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peppermint bark

Delicious semi-sweet and white chocolate are lightly flavored with peppermint, layered over one another and finished with a sprinkle of traditional red and white candy cane pieces.  This {easy} peppermint bark is impossibly simple, eye-catchingly beautiful and what everyone will be wanting this holiday season.This {easy} peppermint bark is impossibly simple, eye-catchingly beautiful and what everyone will be wanting this holiday season.I don’t know what it is about the combination of peppermint and chocolate, but they are incredible together! It’s creamy and rich, while still being refreshing and bright.  It gets me every time.

Making homemade peppermint bark is crazy easy.  You think, wow that is gorgeous, and the layers – that must take forever.  I’m here to tell  you it’s so super simple, you could easily have a big batch of this is under 60 minutes.  Plus it takes four easy-to-find ingredients.

This {easy} peppermint bark is impossibly simple, eye-catchingly beautiful and what everyone will be wanting this holiday season.I know some people add a little oil, I’ve commonly seen coconut oil, to their peppermint bark recipe and I’m not sure why.  I would be afraid that my delicious holiday treat would end up tasting like a pina colada.  But mostly, I don’t find it necessary.

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