Today is the cookie exchange at Short Stop! Here is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe. I love the combination of mint and chocolate. These cookies are moist and just delicious. I hate making icing, so the Andes mint melted on top is the perfect compromise for me. First you need a helper. Adeline took the papers off of ALL of these candies for me, and she only ate the one I told her she could have (at least I didn't catch her sneaking any others).
We waited for daddy to come home to make the cookies.
We use a baller to make the dough balls. You don't need to smash them at all. These cookies spread out nicely.
Patrick had the dough balls on the tray, and when he left for a minute, Adeline decided they looked better this way.
After you bake them, press down the Andes mints ever so slightly. Adeline actually put the mint on top of the hot cookies. For those of you that are freaking out about the two year old so close to a hot pan....she gets it. She really does. When I explain that something is "ouchy hot" she is probably more careful than I would be, and she is so proud when she can help mommy.
Then, you use a toothpick (or chopstick in our case) to smear the melted candy on top of the cookie.
Delicious! ...and the cookie is quite good too. ;o)
Chocolate Mint Cookies
Combine 3/4 cup butter, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, and 2 TBSP water in a glass bowl.
Microwave for 2-3 min.
Add 2 cups chocolate chips to the above mixture and stir until melted.
Let it sit about 10 minutes to cool.
In the meantime, mix
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Add chocolate mixture to the other ingredients and mix on low speed until combined.
Chill dough at least 1 hour
Use small scoop to form cookies and DO NOT press them down.
Bake at 350 for 9 min.
Remove from oven and immediately place one Andes mint on top of each cookie.
After the mint is melted, smear it on top of the cookie like icing.
THEN remove to a cooling rack.
These cookies are so soft that if you try to take them off the baking sheet too soon, they will fall apart.
Head over to Short Stop for more cookie ideas!