Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Two Weeks of Christmas Treats, Day 5: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m really excited about today’s Christmas treat, you guys. Mint chocolate chip COOKIES. My favorite ice cream flavor, in cookie form. With their fresh, minty flavor and abundance of chocolate chips, these cookies taste like Christmas on a plate.

These cookies use packaged sugar cookie mix, which I’ve used lots of times with really good results. I’m sure you could find a completely-from-scratch recipe if you were so inclined. But if you’re making these for Christmas along with a bunch of other types of cookies, why not take a little help from a mix? The mix works perfectly for these cookies, giving them a sugary flavor and a nice texture.

I will be honest with you and tell you that not too many of these cookies actually made it onto my Christmas cookie trays last year. They were eaten too quickly by my own family! I’m making them again this year, just for us.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Betty Crocker

1 pouch (1 pound 1.5 ounces) Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
6 to 8 drops green food color
1 egg
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, extract, food color and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in creme de menthe baking chips and chocolate chunks.

2. Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely. Store tightly covered at room temperature.