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Get In The Holiday Spirit By Digging Into This Chocolate Peppermint Skillet Cookie

‘Tis the season to treat yourself and the whole family, and one of the best ways to do that is with a Chocolate Peppermint Skillet Cookie everyone will want to cozy up to.

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What’s great about this skillet cookie is that it can be made entirely dairy-free. That way, if you’ve got someone in the family who can’t drink milk, even they can enjoy it as well.

This treat uses Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Refrigerated Unsweetened Chocolate Almondmilk for its creamy, chocolate-y flavor. While almond milk is normally used for drinks or cereal, it’s versatile enough to be added into desserts as an easy dairy substitute.

Massive skillet cookies are all about their gooey indulgence, and this one definitely packs it in. It’s got a marshmallow filling and double chocolate to go big on flavor, but also balances that out with a refreshing hit of peppermint from crushed candy canes.

Chocolate Peppermint Skillet Cookie

Whether it’s for a family get-together or a quick dessert to whip up with the squad, this Chocolate Peppermint Skillet Cookie is the comforting dessert you’re gonna want to keep making to warm up and spread holiday cheer this winter season.

If you’re down to make this Chocolate Peppermint Skillet Cookie for yourself, peep the recipe below.

Ingredients
For the cookie dough
2 Tbsp vegan butter, softened
½ cup white granulated sugar
½ cup light brown sugar
1 cups All Purpose flour
⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
7 tablespoons Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Refrigerated Unsweetened Chocolate Almondmilk
½ cup dark chocolate chunks
1-2 whole candy canes, crushed
2 large marshmallows
For the icing
¾ cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Refrigerated Unsweetened Chocolate Almondmilk

 Chocolate Peppermint Skillet Cookie

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 350 °F and grease an 8” cast iron skillet with vegan butter.

Step 2
In a large bowl, thoroughly combine white sugar, brown sugar, and softened vegan butter. Sift cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking soda into a separate, medium-sized bowl. Next, add the dry and wet ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Add in the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Refrigerated Unsweetened Chocolate Almondmilk and mix again. Fold in a small handful of chocolate chunks.

Step 3
Slice your marshmallows about ⅛ inch thick. It’s important for the marshmallows to be sliced thinly so they melt evenly during baking.

Step 4
Grab about ⅔ of the dough and press it evenly into the bottom of your cast iron pan. Place 8 slices of marshmallow flat onto the dough. Evenly flatten out the remainder of the cookie dough on top. Garnish with the remaining chocolate chunks. Place skillet in oven and bake for exactly for 10 minutes.

Step 5
While cookie skillet is baking, place all the icing ingredients together in a large mixing bowl and whisk together

Step 6
Cool cookie skillet slightly. Using a spoon, drizzle icing and top with crushed candy canes. Top with a scoop of dairy-free ice cream, and enjoy!


Created in partnership with Almond Breeze

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Culture Sweets

Here Is Where Legend Says The Candy Cane Came From

We’re sitting here with a piping cup of cocoa, a partially dissolved candy cane resting inside. As we stir it in slowly, a thought forms from the deepest nook in this marshmallow we call a brain:

Where did the iconic candy cane originate from?

 

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According to Richard and AnnaKate Hartel’s book Candy Bites: The Science of Sweets, the Christmas candy is believed to have been created in Germany around 1670 — or so the legend goes.

In the ancient city of Cologne, it’s said a church choirmaster would give the children in his choir long sticks of hard candy with a crook at the end to keep them quiet during the longer than normal Christmas services. The shape of the candy may have been inspired by a shepherd’s staff, reminding the children of the shepherds who visited baby Jesus on the first Christmas.

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Photo: Peter Pham

Stories Behind the Great Traditions of Christmas, by Ace Collins, says that the iconic red stripes didn’t arrive until a couple hundred years later. In the 1920s, a candy maker from Georgia figured out how to hand-twist colors into candy canes. The candy itself, according to the book, represented the Holy Trinity: white for purity, red for Jesus’ redeeming blood, and the shape representing the shepherd’s staff.

Then, as the holiday candy became more and more popular, other candy makers began to emulate the seasonal sweet.

Here’s how a candy cane is made

So as you sit there this winter, sucking on the tail end of a candy cane, take a second to appreciate where your Christmas candy came from.

By the same token, we wonder if that Ruby Chocolate they just discovered will be this iconic in the centuries to come?

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Bearded boy sucks on candy cane | Photo: Peter Pham
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Starbucks Is Giving Away Free Holiday Drinks

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It’s that time of the year again. You guessed it, Starbucks has debuted their new holiday cups and are bracing themselves for social justice warriors to digitally storm their coffee-brewing gates. To help alleviate some complaints, the coffee chain is giving away free drinks.

Starbucks will offer customers a free holiday drink with the purchase of a holiday drink. You buy one beverage and you get another for free.

Beverages eligible for the deal include the Caramel Brûlée Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Eggnog Latte, Gingerbread Latte, Peppermint Mocha, and the Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew. Each drink will be served in one of Starbucks’ 13 new holiday cup designs.

The deal will be available from Nov. 10 through Nov. 14 from 2pm to 5pm.

Photo: Starbucks

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Fast Food

Wienerschnitzel Adds Candy Cane Shakes To Squash That Chili Dog Breath

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With Christmas only a few short weeks away, Wienerschnitzel just added a new holiday beverage to the menu. This comes in the sweet, colorful form of the Tastee Freez Candy Cane Shake.

Chili dog patrons can chug this to their heart’s content as they down hot dog after hot dog. The peppermint-flavored Freez is topped with whipped cream and served with a mini candy cane.

According to Wienerschnitzel, the Candy Cane Shake is supposed to compliment their chili dogs. Though, let’s face it, pretty much anything can compliment a chili cheese dog.

The holiday-edition beverage is only available for a limited time.

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Hit-Or-Miss

These Peppermint Shot Glasses Are Completely Edible [WATCH]

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Peppermint Shot Glasses by Cheri of TheWateringMouth

The same genius mind who brought you Mini Pumpkin Pie Shots and Toasted Marshmallow Shot Glasses continues making a name for herself with her latest edible alcohol receptacle: Peppermint Shot Glasses.

Cheri of TheWateringMouth explains in her video explanation (see below) that her shots are made by melting down peppermint candies into mini sheets and letting them melt and cool off around the silhouette of a an actual shot glass:

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The result of this experimentation and hard work? A shot glass that tastes like a peppermint candy when you sip and can be consumed whole after your debauchery has concluded.

Here’s how to make them for the reading impaired and visually stimulated:

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Fast Food

Jack Doesn’t Give a Sh*t About Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Introduces Peppermint Oreo Shake

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The end of Thanksgiving signals the end of pumpkin-flavored beverages, as we move forward into the Christmas season. For that, we are deeply thankful. Now, it’s time for peppermint to shine.

Jack in the Box has launched a new holiday-inspired milkshake, featuring the traditional minty flavor. The Peppermint Oreo Shake boasts a peppermint syrup mixed into a blend of Oreo cookies and real vanilla ice cream. A dollop of whipped cream and single cherry rounds out the new milkshake.

At $2.79 for a 16-ouncer and $3.29 for the 24-ouncer, the Peppermint Oreo Shake is available at participating Jack in the Box locations. Supplies are said to be limited, so anyone with their hearts set on this shake better get on it quickly.

h/t Brand Eating

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Deals

Starbucks Offers a Buy One Get One Free on Holiday Drinks

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Who: Starbucks Coffee Company

What: Since drinks these days are so damn expensive, Starbucks is offering a buy one, get one free deal specifically for Holiday Drinks. This includes the Gingerbread Latte, Caramel Brûlée Latte, Egg Nog Latte, Chestnut Praline Latte, Peppermint Mocha and Skinny Peppermint Mocha.

Customers can get a free drink of equal or lesser value to the one they initially purchased.

Where: The deal will be available at all participating Starbucks locations.

When: Begins Wednesday Nov. 12 through Sunday Nov. 16 from 2-5pm. Starbucks Rewards members will get an extended hour until 6pm.

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Sweets

Baskin-Robbins Makes Peppermint Bark Flavor of the Month

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If December was lickable, it would probably taste like peppermint and chocolate (in my world, at least). The two flavors are stars of the holidays, so there’s no better time to have Peppermint Bark in the Dark as Baskin-Robbins’ December Flavor of the Month.

The rich treat features “peppermint candy and white chocolate-flavored ribbon” laced throughout a creamy chocolate base, making for a seriously sinful dessert. While the traditional scooped-in-a-cone route is a solid option, Baskin-Robbins also offers the flavor in milkshake form or as a Peppermint Bark in the Dark Cappuccino Blast. OH baby.

Let the drooling commence.

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