Sunday, March 15, 2015

Holiday Cookie Recipes

Well, this is obviously a really late post!  Christmas cookies.  But I wanted to add it because you can get such a great deal on seasonal cookies after holidays.

After any holiday, stores always put their seasonal candies on sale.  Not having much of a sweet tooth, it takes quite a cookie recipe to say it is my favorite.  And that is so with these Espresso Mint Cookies (see 10-22-14 post)...the cookies in the middle.  But this year I also picked up a package of Hershey's Mint Chocolate Chips and Nestle's Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels.    These two make a great chocolate cookie with mint flavoring, but can only be found around Christmastime.  

I used the recipe on the package for these last two cookies, but fall back on the Espresso Mint Cookies I found several years ago (I wish I knew who published that's the best!)  And if, in the future, you find a recipe you like for any seasonal chip/candy, don't be afraid to load up on them.  When the Candy Cane Kisses are marked 50% off, I usually get about a dozen bags and throw them in the freezer.  The are good for at least a year, you'll save money, and your friends and/or family will think you're the Easter Bunny, even if it's 4th of July!

HERSHEY DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (makes about 2 1/2 dozen cookies)

2/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp AP flour
1/2 cup cocoa
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 pkg (10 oz) Hershey's Mint Chocolate Chips

Heat oven to 350F.

Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy.  Add egg and vanilla; beat well.  Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating well.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 8-9 minutes or until just set; do not overbake.  Cool slightly, remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.  Cool completely.

MINT CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS (makes about 4 dozen cookies)

2 cups AP flour
2/3 cups baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks butter or margarine, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 package (10 oz) Nestle's Toll House Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels

Preheat oven to 325F.

Combine flour, baking cocoa, baking soda, and salt in small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in morsels.  Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake for 11-13 minutes or until cookies are puffed and centers are set.  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

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