white sugar and 1/4-1/2 tsp peppermint oil (aim for somewhere in between). Stir and add 3 cups water. Heat over medium until the sugar is fully dissolved. Do NOT stick your head over the pot to take a sniff. Believe me. The mint will burn your eyes. Add a little red food colouring, if desired, and cool. Put up in a nice bottle, if you have one, and store in the fridge. Add, to taste, to your favourite hot holiday beverages. It obviously works a treat in coffee and hot chocolate, but my daughter discovered that it’s also wonderful in a simple mug of warm milk.
browned butter, cooled slightly
chocolate chips, nuts or dried fruit
Stir the sugar and butter together. Add the eggs, one at a time and continue to beat for a few more minutes until it’s all glossy. Stir in the vanilla.