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 recipe....it'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 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.