Every December my girlfriend throws the most incredible cookie swap. The first year I heard a few attendees remark that they had never heard of such an event, but where i grew up it was certainly a thing. Here's the idea: everyone brings their favorite cookie or bar, places them on a table to nibble on during the party with a glass of vino and at the end everyone fills their reusable tin or box to take home. Its my kind of party and the only time of the year my kids actually kick me out of the house and pray for my return, goodies in hand!
If you create your own cookies swap you have to make these Peppermint Brookies. What is a brookie? If a cookie and brownie had a love child this would be it. Soft and chewy inside like a brownie, a golden outer coating and in the shape of a cookie. It's one of the greatest marriages of all time. They're outrageously chocolatey throughout with a big punch of peppermint in each bite.
You can use any of your favorite holiday candies as well. I had dye free m&m's, candy canes and chocolate nonpareils. I just chop them up and mix them in, but you could totally leave them out as well. Note: my son who's not a big chocolate fan said these were his favorite cookie I've ever made which says a lot! Whether you're headed to a cookie party, need a holiday gift for a friend or a fun activity on a cold winter's day, these Peppermint Brookies are a score!
Photos by Gerry Speirs