The birth of Holiday Baking day and how Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies came to be.
Over the past three and a half years, due to my husband’s job, we have moved four times and lived in four different states.
Three years ago my girls had a particularly hard time over winter break. We hadn’t lived in Alabama very long. There were no visits from family, no friends to have over for hot chocolate, no holiday parties to attend, no secret Santa exchanges… all of the fun things that most people participate in during winter break.
My husband was out of work and we didn’t have the extra money for the girls to buy gifts for each other, something they looked forward to every year.
After thinking about what we could do that would be fun AND allow the girls to have presents for each other, I decided to create a Christmas baking day, where we baked and decorated presents for people in our lives… teachers and school administrators, neighbors, friends from church, and each other.
We made and decorated three types of cookies, plus cupcakes, and loaves of Pumpkin and Hot Chocolate Bread. Once we finished baking for others, each girl created and decorated a special cookie for every member of the family. It was a fun activity and everyone loved their gifts.
Now every Christmas we have a baking day where we create gifts for all the people we love. We don’t spend a lot of money, but we spend a lot of time creating these gifts from the heart, and it has become a great tradition.
The Hot Chocolate Bread I created was such a big hit nearly everyone asked me for the recipe. It was delicious as is, but over the past couple of years I’ve tweaked the recipe, and the final (and my favorite) result is Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies. They are scrumptious, whether filled with whipped cream, ice cream or even canned frosting!
PS you can also use the dough to make Peppermint Hot Chocolate Bread. It’s really fun to add mini marshmallows to the top of the bread after it has cooked for a bit. They get all toasted and yummy!
You don’t have to own a whoopie pie pan to make these, but I think they look better when you do.[mpprecipe-recipe:46]
Peppermint Hot Chocolate Whoopie Pies
The recipe is super easy to make.
Do you have a favorite holiday tradition?