One week to go guys! Eeeeep!

I am SO not ready. It doesn’t feel like Christmas here in Texas (after 4 winters in Colorado) and therefore, I kinda don’t believe that Christmas is next week. I’m in denial.

Nothing’s been wrapped. I still haven’t mailed the gifts that need to be mailed. I have definitely not planned food for the holiday.

So I thought, in honor of me being a mess this year, we could talk about these easy Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies and 10 ways to make the holidays less stressful.

Because I need both cookies and less stress right now.

10 Ways to Have Less Stressful Holidays

  • Make the holiday dinner easy! Skip the fancy sides and opt for ham or turkey on fancy rolls! Minimal work required and who doesn’t love a sandwich? Pick up a variety of mustard and mayo to keep things interesting.
  • Wrapping Santa presents for more than 1 kid? Use a different wrapping paper for each kid – they AND you will be able to see who’s is who’s at a quick glance.
  • Enjoy the cookie/chocolate/cake/whatever. It’s okay to indulge sometimes.
  • Having overnight guests? Make sure the bathroom is stocked with fresh towels, seasonal hand soap, and Cottonelle® Ultra Comfort Care or Scott® 1100 toilet paper.

  • Pick one or two easy Christmas cookie recipes (like these Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies or these or these!) and stick with it. Fight the urge to make 15 varieties!
  • Stay home! I know, I know, we all want to see family but traveling is stressful! Skip the cross country flight and use Skype instead.
  • An easy way to add cute decor to your living space? Kleenex® Perfect Fit holiday canisters are super cute and something we all could use in our home this time of year!

  • Go for a quick run. Ugggghhhhh, I hate myself for including but dang, don’t you feel better after a workout?
  • Say no. It’s okay to skip the cookie swaps, the Christmas parties, the gift exchanges. I promise it’s okay.
  • Use Viva® Vantage® paper towels have a scrubby texture to clean up all your holiday messes. A Viva® paper towel is also perfect for catching sprinkles while decorating cookies for Santa!

If you need an easy cookie recipe, this is it. It isn’t really quick unless you have one of those fancy waffle makers that makes 6 at a time but it was kind of mindless work – you know what I mean? Like, I was doing dishes and wiping the counters in between cookies.

I also really love using a waffle iron. So.

They’re really delicious and depending on how long you cook them, they can either be cakey or crispy. If you want cakey, do only a minute. If you want a more crisp cookie, cook closer to 2 minutes.

The glaze is absolutely delicious. If you love peppermint this time of year, these are definitely the cookies for you!

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Chocolate-Peppermint Waffle Cookies

adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Ingredients

1 cup butter
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
For the glaze:
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the 1 cup butter and unsweetened chocolate until smooth, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat the granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt with an electric mixer on medium to high speed about 4 minutes or until thick and pale. Beat in the cooled melted chocolate mixture. Beat in the 1/2 cup of cocoa powder and flour until just combined.
  3. Heat an electric waffle iron according to manufacturer's directions. Spray the waffle iron with oil. Spoon 2 tablespoons batter into the center of waffle iron. Close and cook for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes or until set. Using a fork, loosen the cookies from the grid. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. Repeat with remaining batter, lightly greasing iron after each batch.
  4. In a small saucepan melt the 2 tablespoons butter over low heat. Remove from heat. Stir in the powdered sugar and the 2 tablespoons cocoa powder until smooth. Stir in the milk and peppermint extract to make a thin glaze.
  5. Dip one side of each cookie in the glaze to coat the top, allowing excess glaze to drip off. Transfer to a wire rack and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Let stand until set.
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