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I work in a university library, and we have 10+ student assistants who work for us. Every December, all the staff members contribute something towards finals week goodie bags for them. This year, I decided to use a recipe a friend of mine posted on Facebook because they sounded too good and Christmas-y to pass up. =)

Red Velvet Peppermint Cookies

1 box Red Velvet Cake mix
6 Tbls melted butter
2 eggs
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
1/2 c crushed candy canes or peppermints

Preheat oven to 375. Melt butter and set aside to cool. In a large mixing bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, peppermint extract and butter. Fold in crushed candy canes as best you can (this dough is kind of sticky, so they are tough to stir in!). In a smaller bowl, mix together powdered sugar and cornstarch. Scoop out small blobs of dough, toss in powdered sugar and then roll into a ball. Place dough on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 min (not 8, not 10 – NINE!) =)

Revel in their Christmas-y loveliness.

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These cookies are delicious in that they are minty, but not overly sweet. I had one with a super sweet cup of hot cocoa and didn’t feel like I was going to go into a diabetic coma. =)

I packed them up, two apiece, in cute little pastry bags for my student assistants.

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Those adorable bags? Target dollar aisle for the WIN. 3 bags per pack. One dollar a pack. Best dollar aisle score I’ve made. =)

Little N is still doing good. She’s recently decided that she needs to take things along with her on her crawling adventures. But without the use of her hands to carry things, what’s a girl to do?

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She’s a clever one, she is. =)

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There will definitely be a Christmas post in a few weeks, if not something before then. =)