Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Muffins

This recipe is delicious (and very christmasy) and is fast and easy to prepare. 30 minutes before heading to a get together with 7 delightful ladies, I whipped these yummy baked goodies up. This recipe has a lot of cheating in it. And it’s not because I am bad at baking(or at least I hope I am not), but simply because sometimes I don’t have time to spend more than 30 minutes. You can do both of these recipes or only one of them.

Ingredients:Your favorite chocolate chip cookie mix (I told you that I would be cheating), your favorite muffin mix (my blog isn’t called Recipes of a Cheating Cook for nothing), 3 eggs, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 2/3 cup water, stick of softened(not melted) butter, 4 teaspoons of peppermint extract, green food coloring (just enough to make the mixture green thorough out), christmas tree cookie cutter (optional)

Note:These are the ingredients that I need for my muffin and cookie mix. Make sure you read the instructions on your selected mixes to make sure that you have all the ingredients.

Begin by making the muffins as they usually take longer to bake than the cookies. Grease the muffin pan with butter or cooking spray (my cooking spray just finished the day before, womp womp). Preheat the oven to 400.

Pour all the muffin mix into the bowl. Follow the instructions on the box. Mine said to add 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 2/3 cup of water, 2 eggs and mix all together.

Add 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract and 3-4 drops of green food coloring.

Mix together until the mixture becomes evenly green. Let the bowl stand for a minute then pour the mixture into the muffin pan.

Put in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden.

While the muffins bake, start working on the cookies. The procedure is almost identical to the one above. Follow the instructions on the cookie mix box. Lower the oven to 350.

Stir a stick of softened (not melted) butter or margarine with 1 egg.

Once the egg and the butter are well mixed together, add the cookie powder mix. Blend all together with a spoon until the the dough becomes sticky and evenly mixed.

Add 2 teaspoons of peppermint extract and a couple drops of green food coloring.

Form into tablespoon ball for large cookies and teaspoons for smaller cookies. Place on a non-stick cookie sheet. If you have time you can shape the cookies into christmas trees with a cookie cutter (I only did a few). Place cookie sheet in the oven.

Bake for no more than 10-12 minutes.

If you want to impress someone for Christmas, use different winter cookie cutters and red food coloring in addition to the green one.

Enjoy!

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