Are you guys as confused as I am.

Where are we?  How did we get here?

AND FOR THE LOVE OF COOKIE SEASON why the HECK is there a dessert here on Wednesday?!?!?!?


We shouldn’t even be DREAMING of partying like it’s hot, saying to hell with you to our skinny jeans, and throwing all of our good eating habits to the wayside until at least Friday at 7AM.

And yet. Here we are.

The holiday spirit works in funny ways sometimes. Let’s just go with it.


The.Boy. and I made these “together” two weekends ago.  By which I mean he spent the afternoon staring(cursing) at his fantasy football league app while I snuck samples of cookie dough every time he wasn’t paying attention.

And then he ate approximately five of them, all the while congratulating himself on a job well done.  Sigh.  He’s so cute with his delusions of grandeur, don’t you think?


The peppermint crinkle cookies were supposed to be for the NYC Food Blogger Cookie Swap the next day. which I didn’t actually end up going to because I took a children’s dose of Benadryl that morning and within a half hour couldn’t stand upright.  I wish I were joking. I really do.

So then after doing a little taste testing myself, I made the executive decision that they were way too good to keep in my apartment.  And so I shipped off the remainders, along with a dozen pumpkin snickerdoodles each, to my Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap recipients – Lindsay of Life and Kitchen, Sara of Nubcakes, and Courtney of!  (Hope you guys liked ’em!)  Because the only thing better than receiving a box full of cookies in the mail…is receiving a box full of two types of cookies!

And in return, I received some fabulous cookies from three other (great) new-to-me bloggers – totally addictive eggnog snickerdoodles from Chopsticks and Measuring Cups, sweet and nutty Moroccan Sesame Cookies from MarocMama, and some kind of amazing almond spice cookie from Espresso and Cream! I can’t wait to check out their posts today to get the recipes!

This is the second year I’ve taken part in the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap and I love it not only because I get cookies in the mail, but also because I get introduced to new bloggers all while baking in the name of fighting cancer! This year the proceeds from the cookie swap are going to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, which was founded by two OXO employees who were inspired by their son’s battle with pediatric cancer.  Honestly, I can’t think of a better reason to get in the kitchen and start baking (even on a Wednesday!) than that.  To further support this cause, this year OXO will donating 50% of the profits that it makes from the sale of it’s totally adorable “Good Cookie” spatula to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. In addition, for every donation or bake sale registered at, OXO will match the funds up to $100,000.  So if you feel so inspired, host a bake sale or cookie swap in honor of this great cause and know that your contribution will actually be double what you put in.


Now that I’ve bantered on about nothing for long enough. Here’s the lowdown on these cookies.  The peppermint crinkles are kind of like peppermint brownies in cookie form. With nutella in them. Seriously, you can’t go wrong there.  The pumpkin snickerdoodles, on the other hand, are more cakey than chewy, but between the pumpkin spice cookies themselves and the fact that they are smothered in cinnamon-ginger sugar…they are pretty much pillows of heaven.

Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
Makes about 24, adapted from Bakers Royale


  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 7 oz chocolate, 65% cacao
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup nutella
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg white
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 cup confectioners’ sugar


  1. Place flour and cocoa powder in a bowl and whisk to combine. Set aside.
  2. Place the chocolate, butter, and nutella in a heavy-bottomed pan over low heat and stir until ingredients are melted and well-combined. Set aside.
  3. Place the eggs, egg white, and sugar in a bowl and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy with large air bubbles. Add in the peppermint extract and beat to combine.
  4. Gently fold the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture until combined. Gently fold in the flour mixture until no streaks appear. Chill dough for 20 minutes.
  5. Place the confectioners’ sugar in a large bowl. Remove the dough from the freezer. Using a medium cookie scoop (1 1/2 tbsp) or a tablespoon, drop the dough into the bowl with the confectioners’ sugar and roll it around until it is coated in the sugar. Place dough balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet one inch apart. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.  Let cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles
Makes 3-4 dozen cookies, adapted from Annie’s Eats

For the cookies

  • 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

For the cinnamon-sugar coating

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. In a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Blend in the pumpkin puree. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well incorporated. With the mixer on low speed, add in the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. Cover and chill for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat. Combine the sugar and spices for the cinnamon-sugar coating in a small bowl. Scoop the dough using a medium cookie scoop (about 1 1/2 tbsp)  and roll into a ball. Coat the dough ball in the sugar-spice mixture and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough to fill in the sheet, spacing the dough balls 2-3 inches apart. Dip the bottom of a flat, heavy-bottomed drinking glass in the cinnamon-sugar mix and then use it to flatten out the cookies slightly.
  4. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes or until just set and baked through. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining dough.


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72 Responses to Peppermint Crinkles and Pumpkin Snickerdoodles

  1. Simply Life says:

    this sounds like so much fun to exchange cookies- and even better by mail! what a great package!

  2. Both cookies are wonderful. It must be really fun and exciting to swap cookies!

  3. I just love the name crinkles. So rustic looking! And your addition of peppermint is a great call!

  4. london bakes says:

    That fantasy football app is the bane of my life. Because of the time difference, my boyfriend will wake up in the middle of the night just to check the scores; it drives me crazy!

    Cookies do, however, make everything (even fantasy football rage) better 😉

  5. I can’t decide which looks better, yum!

  6. Mary Younkin says:

    Both of your cookies look and sound delicious! I’m baking all day today and I can hardly wait to get started.

  7. Rachana says:

    Both the cookies look wonderful. It must be fun to swap cookies 🙂

  8. Both of these recipes sound amazing! Peppermint and pumpkin (not together ;)) are two of my favs!!!

  9. Nina says:

    Oh it must have been fun to swap cookies…sounds exciting to me:). Both the cookies look wonderful!

  10. Oh man! I want both of these cookies! You have two of my favorite things here, peppermint and snickerdoodles!!! What a fabolous package to receive!!!! I have to make the pumpkin snickerdoodles!!! I just must!!!

  11. Amy says:

    Holiday cookies…really, ANY cookies…have no deadlines or time constraints. Wednesday is juuuuuust fine. And I’ll take 10 of each, please.

  12. Karis says:

    I loved participating in the cookie swap this year and am wishing I had been sent those pumpkin snickerdoodles!

  13. Alisa says:

    You can post cookies any day in my book! These both look amazing!

  14. When I saw cookies I thought pumpkins were gone but you sneaked pumpkins into cookies:) Nice one. Cookie Swap sounds like a fun and worthy initiative

  15. I’d love to receive either kind. I’m jonesing over anything Peppermint right now, so those are a given. But I’m extra intrigued by the pumpkin snickerdoodles as I love both separately, but feel like I’m missing out now having tried them together. Mmmm…

  16. Crinkle cookies always remind me of Christmas in the Philippines, where it used to be one of the more popular cookies! These look fantastic. And I love cookie swaps!

  17. sandra says:

    These cookies look so amazing. I am so bummed that I am too late to join this cookie swap. It sounds like so much fun! Also, I love the plate – very festive!

  18. Pam says:

    Cookies in the mail sounds totally delightful!

  19. Two kinds of cookies is an awesome treat Joanne! I would have loved to be one of those lucky recipients!

  20. I’m traveling or I would have done the swap. And I have had my eye on Naomi’s recipe for awhile and now I want your version even more. And pumpkin + snickerdoodles…heavenly! And that you’re using pumpkin in December, bravo!

  21. Lynn says:

    Hmmm – might have to try those chocolate peppermints ones.

  22. cindspectus says:

    My favorite way to do a cookie swap is:

    Sister has cookie swap with friends but doesn’t really like cookies (crazy, right?). She does this a few days before Christmas, and I come “home” to my family on Christmas Eve and eat the cookies that she brought home with her. It’s perfect.

    That being said, the pumpkin snickerdoodles look delightful and I will probably have to make them.

  23. Mo' Betta says:

    Great cookies for a great cause! And how sweet that you and The.Boy. are in the kitchen together 😀

  24. Beth says:

    Amazing cookies, great idea!

  25. Erica Berman says:

    I will NOT be making any of these recipes, because if I did, I’d eat all the cookies myself. My kids wouldn’t even have a chance.

  26. Kim says:

    I’m all about peppermint lately and I know I’d love the peppermint crinkles. Those look awesome! However, I can totally imagine scooping some vanilla ice cream in between two of those pumpkin snickerdoodles and eating it like an ice cream sandwich! Now that would be killer!

  27. Johanna GGG says:

    I really fancy those pumpkin snickerdoodles – sound much nicer than regular – and the chocolate biscuits sound excellent too – and it is nice that the boy thinks he is cooking even if it is just by osmosis

  28. Lora says:

    I couldn’t get it together to do any cookie swapping this season so I am impressed with your efforts even with your benedryl diversion. Well done!

  29. Lol! I love how the boy helps 😉 Veronica was telling me how well the cookie swap did and how much they raised for the children’s cancer fund…that’s terrific! Sounds like a lot of fun too.

  30. Blond Duck says:

    I love snickerdoodles and I love pumpkin!

  31. Candace says:

    I was boycotting holiday baking this year as I thought we would be alone. Change of plans and there will be family here after all so baking I shall do. These are going to the top of the list. Yum!

  32. Oh my gosh, I don’t even know which cookie I would want more. I want to dig into both!

  33. As if your cookie matches got TWO cookies. I couldn’t possibly be more jealous. Although I’m sad the Benadryl knocked you out…that doesn’t sound awesome at all. I’m still waiting on the third batch of cookies to arrive, although it’s not looking hopeful. Sad face.

  34. OohLookBel says:

    I love how nice and squidgy your cookies look, and so generous. Perfect for swapping and giving.

  35. Reeni Pisano says:

    Usually we are staring at other bloggers’ yummy stuff and only dreaming of eating them! Cool that you actually got to try them. I wish I could taste both your cookies! Love those soft pumpkin ones.

  36. Those both look amazing – I’m so jealous of your cookie recipients! The ones you got sound pretty delicious too though. I just finished all the cookies I collected at my department’s cookie swap and am feeling cookie withdrawal..

  37. Cathleen says:

    Ooh, wow. I don’t know which ones I would like better, they both look equally mouthwatering!

  38. Mary says:

    Joanne, these cookies sound fabulous and beg to be tried. I love the idea of your cookie swap. The gals who received these gems will be thrilled. Have a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  39. Kari says:

    Whatever the day, and whoever made them, these look great 🙂

  40. What a great swap! I love peppermint crinkle cookies – they are one of my favorites.

  41. Tandy says:

    I would eat a dozen of them for any cause Joanne! Dave often helps me the same way when I am baking 🙂

  42. Hannah says:

    Oh, now you’ve got me thinking about merging the two ideas and making candy cane snickerdoodles. I just can’t get enough peppermint this time of year! I would gladly, of course, “settle” for your chocolate rendition. 😉

  43. Pam says:

    I want both of these cookies… now. Please?

  44. Sippity Sup says:

    Crinkles and Snickerdoodles. What fun words to start the day! GREG

  45. Cool swap, I’m going to have to look into it! I don’t know which I like better though…THAT is the question =)

  46. Claudia says:

    This old lady’s skinny jeans are not ready for cookies. But cookies to fight cancer. You got me. I’ll let husband consume the calories. And there’s something about the pumpkin snickerdoodles that cries, “healthy! vegetable! really!”

  47. Cookies to fight cancer! sign me up! I will definitely be making those pumpkin snickerdoodles.I am a sucker for anything pumpkin!

  48. Shannon says:

    glad you had The.Boy. help!! these both look awesome 🙂

  49. That Girl says:

    I’m so anxious to hear how this year’s swap turns out after the packaging drama of last years.

  50. Yum, great choices for your cookie swaps, Joanne! I’ve made choco crinkle cookies but never added peppermint before…good call 😉

  51. Ashley Bee says:

    I am loving these unique takes on old favorites 🙂

  52. marie says:

    I saw a recipe long ago for pumpkin snickerdoodles and I thought, “must make those” then promptly forgot. I just made some pumpkin bread for a bake sale so these cookies are next.

  53. grace says:

    i was about to scold you for tainting snickerdoodles, but man, those look good! 🙂

  54. Donna says:

    These look like they are a great pair. Shall I eat them with one in each hand???

  55. Jenn Kendall says:

    these both sound soooo delicious!

  56. they both look fantastic. I will definitely be trying the pumpkin ones.

  57. You’ve gotta love LOVE baking 🙂 Your peppermint crinkles look delicious, Joanne!

  58. Great cookies ! Wish you would ave made it to the cookie swap sowe could have met up.

  59. I didn’t apply for the Cookie Swap this year and am upset 🙁 I loved getting my cookies last year. I love your recipes. I may have to try the peppermint ones.

  60. Caroline says:

    wow.. looks incredibly yummy

  61. I love the chocolate and peppermint combination! The addition of nutella sounds perfect!

  62. Julie says:

    Hi! I was just looking for a cookie recipe for a online cookie exchange on Sunday. The chocolate peppermint on it is! Love the addition of nutella.

  63. Ugh I wish my honey liked pumpkin…I would be ALL over those pumpkin snickerdoodles. And no judgement on the children’s Benadryl pass out; that stuff is potent.

  64. Chris says:

    I’ve never actually used a grill. I make Alexis make everything and I just take pictures then congratulate myself with my delusions of grandeur, lol.

  65. Kevin says:

    Pumpkin snickerdoodles sound really good!

  66. Jiah says:

    slurp…looks very tempting…

  67. So when are these cookies going to end up in my mailbox? 🙂

  68. elly says:

    These both look fabulous, and I’m sure I couldn’t keep them in the house either. Well, if I did they would be gone really soon, I guess..

  69. themondaybox says:

    The pumpkin cookies look soft and delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  70. Laura says:

    Boy I sympathize about the Benadryl. My sinus infection got so bad that they put me on prednisone. I HATE prednisone. I spent today feeling the cure was worse than the illness. The cookies look fantastic–sorry I am this behind on blog reading!!

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