There are a lot of great things about this time of year — seeing friends and family, the music from Charlie Brown Christmas, holiday light displays — but one of my favorite things is how you need absolutely zero justification for baking and eating cookies. None! Why are you eating cookies at 2 pm on a Wednesday? BECAUSE IT’S DECEMBER, THAT’S WHY!
These chocolate mint cookies are one of my favorites to make. Not only is the dough delicious, but the frosting is a melted Andes mint, which makes them a lot of fun to make, especially if you have little hands in the kitchen helping you. Or in my case, an adult man whose idea of making dinner involves purchasing crackers and cutting up slices of cheese. In fact, the first time I ever made these cookies, my now husband (then boyfriend) handled the Andes mint frosting all by himself. It’s foolproof!
CHOCOLATE MINT COOKIES (recipe from All Recipes)
3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tbsp water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
36 chocolate mint wafer candies (Andes mints)
- In large pan over low heat, cook butter, sugar and water until butter is melted. Add chocolate chips, stirring until partially melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted. Pour into large bowl and let stand 10 minutes to cool off slightly.
- Once chocolate mixture is cool, beat in eggs one at a time using high speed setting. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients, beating until blended. Dough will be stiff. Chill dough about 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Roll dough into small balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. While cookies are baking, unwrap mints and cut each in half. When cookies are brought out of the oven, put half a mint on top of each cookie. Let the mint sit for up to 5 minutes until melted, then spread the mint on top of the cookie with a butter knife.
Love these! I made these to take to a baby shower one of my friends and I threw for our girlfriend who’s having a baby in January. The cookies were a hit, but not as big of a hit as the onesie-decorating-party my friend put together. We bought a bunch of onesies in different sizes and let everyone decorate them using iron-on fabric. It was so much fun!
Aren’t these cute?