A Recipe for Quick Christmas Cookies

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Christmas cookies don't have to take all season to bake properly. Get a recipe for quick Christmas cookies with help from a professional and passionate chef in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Chef Amee Hoge, and I'm here to teach you how to play with food. We are going to take a classic recipe, change it up a little bit to create a whole new dish. Now today we're making holiday treats, actually making a quick Christmas cookie and this is one of my favorites, so simple. I've got some melted chocolate in here, in my double boiler, which is a pan with about a inch of water on the bottom, actually creates a nice little steam bath in there for your chocolate. Don't put a lid on, you don't that water dripping from the inside of the lid and creating condensation and land in your chocolate because it'll seize it up, it's not, water and chocolate are not friends, okay? So what we're going to do is I've got melted chocolate, I'm going to go ahead and toss in, well maybe three, I'd probably do three at a time, three Ritz Crackers, now I, I tell you a friend of mine gave this recipe, gosh 15, 20 years ago and I was like, noway, no way. This is, it's kind of like that apple, that apple pie with The Ritz Crackers in it, like really, that really does work? So what I'm going to do here, whoops, whoops, actually I forgot something, peppermint extract, I'm going to add a little bit of peppermint extract in here because we want them to be, have a little peppermint flavor. About a quarter of a teaspoon, pure peppermint extract, if you get the imitation kind, first of all don't use it anyway because it's got junk in it we don't want need to eat, but second of all the peppermint extract actually has a, has a, has a oil and it has a little bit of alcohol in there so it doesn't have that water that you can't have. So anyway I got that mixed up then what we going to do, oh now that adds the whole nice smelly yum smell in there. So I'm going to take a fork, okay and what I kind of do is I'm going to tap it, right here against the side of my pan and then scrape it on the bottom and set it on my wax paper covered baking sheet. This is so, so easy, this is one of those things you can get the kids to do, now granted they're going to drop their cracker into the chocolate over and over when they're tapping it, but it gives them something to do and perseverance and patients, so but, this is a fun easy cookie. The last one you got to fish it out in here and then of course we can't just leave them like this because that's not very exciting, although this is what The Thin Mint, Girl Scout Cookies look like and taste very similarly, right here and what I'm going to do is take a little bit of this, my sprinkles, okay? Put them on top, now these aren't flavored, there are some flavored sprinkles that you can use. And that's it we're going to put them in the refrigerator or freezer for maybe 5 minutes, 5 to 10 minutes. You want to let them harden completely and then what you're going to do is you're going to take them off the wax paper, put them in a container and keep them in the fridge, freezer until you're ready to serve. And here you go, easy chocolate peppermint cookies for Christmas. I'm Chef Amee Hoge, thanks for joining me.You can learn more about me at chefamee, with two Es, dot com.

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