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Peppermint Popcorn Cookies

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GraphicSpoonCMYK-01Last night we wanted to watch a holiday movie (Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas).  The kids couldn’t agree on whether we should make popcorn or cookies for our movie treat.  The lightbulb took a while to go off, but it eventually happened!  Smitten Kitchen’s glorious cookbook is one of my favorites, and I’ve had a sticky note tabbed to her Buttered Popcorn Cookies recipe since the day I was gifted the book.  Now was the time to try them!  I am one of those annoying moms who likes to at least attempt to make everything festive around the holidays, so I wondered what I could do to “festivize” these (that’s a new word, btw).  Then I remembered that Violet was given a big candy cane at The Nutcracker Ballet the other night and it was still in my purse!  I got that bad boy out and used my rolling pin to wack it into dust to mix into the cookies (reserving some to sprinkle on top before going in the oven).  I also threw in a handful of white chocolate chips to add some creaminess to offset all the crunch from the popcorn and candy cane.  The verdict?  Indulgent holiday treat perfection!  I did use the lazy method of a microwaved bag of popcorn rather than making it on the stove like Deb.  Make these soon!  You’ll be glad you did!  Click on the link below the photos for the printable recipe, after wiping the drool from your mouth…

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