It's starting to look like Christmas. Everybody has Christmas lights, the radio is playing Christmas music, and everyone is throwing Christmas parties.
It is an exciting time of year. Yesterday I took a walk at dusk and saw all of my neighbors' Christmas lights.
I'm not quite ready for Christmas, but luckily I don't have much to prepare. I don't set up my own Christmas tree or decorations, but wait to do that when I am at home. I have a few Christmas presents to buy, but not many.
Fortunately, I don't have many preparations, because Christmas caught me by surprise this year. I can't believe it is already December. November went by so quickly.
I traveled for much of the month, and I think that caused November to go by so quickly. We only have three more weeks until Christmas, and it is going to go by quickly.
I found this giant chocolate cookie recipe on a blog Called Sally's Baking Addiction. She called it "XXL Death by Chocolate Cookie." That's a good name! I substituted the chocolate chips for mint M and Ms.
The ingredients are 2 tablespoon softened butter, 2 tablespoon granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons beaten egg, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup mint M and M candies.
I beat together the melted butter, white sugar, and brown sugar.
I beat in the beaten egg and vanilla extract.
I stirred in the cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and flour.
I stirred in the mint candies.
I formed the dough into a giant cookie on a baking sheet lined with a baking mat. I added a few additional M and M candies on top.
I baked the cookie for 14 minutes at 350 degrees.
I let the cookie cool for a few minutes on the baking tray before removing it to cool on a wire rack.
This was a good chocolate cookie.
It was sweet and had a deep and rich chocolate taste.
The mint candy was refreshing, creamy, milky, and festive.
It also made a hearty serving. A few people could probably share this giant cookie.
Even though it wasn't my ideal cookie, it was still good. The chocolate and mint were a tasty combination.