Thursday, November 01, 2012

Surprise Mint Cookies—12 Weeks of Christmas Treats

Surprise Mint Cookies 2

Sharing a good one with you today for the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats.  These hidden treasure cookies are perfect for the holidays, but I would not hesitate to make them any time of year.  They’re that good. 

I got this recipe from a new cookbook, by Anna from Cookie Madness.  That’s right, Anna has a cookbook coming out next week.  She has been a long time blogging friend of mine and has a wonderful book coming out that you’ll want to have in your collection.  The Daily Cookie, 365 Tempting Treats for the Sweetest Year of Your Life is such a fun book with a cookie for every day of the year, all with fun themes, like National Chocolate Day, etc.  Guess what, you could win a copy of her book from me.  Paying it forward since Anna sent me a copy, I want one lucky Baking and Boys! reader to win one.  Go to my post here to leave a comment with your birthday to be entered to win.  You have until Sunday, November 4 at midnight.  When I post about the winner, I’ll post about “your” cookie for that day that Anna has posted in the book.

The Daily Cookie While looking through the book, which I’ve already done many times since receiving my copy a couple weeks ago, I found these Surprise Mint Cookies, which are for the date of October 3, which is the date The Mickey Mouse Club first aired in 1955.  (Who knew?)  Anna said she remembers most from the 1970’s New Mickey Mouse Club the sketch called “Surprise Day, Surprise Day”, which is what prompted her to pick these cookies for that day.  I love how creative she came up with ideas for all the days of the year.  You need to get the book and head on over to my post to enter to win one. ;)

Surprise Mint Cookies 10-30-12Surprise Mint Cookies, adapted by Katrina, Baking and Boys! from Anna Ginsberg, The Daily Cookie Book

1  1/2 cups (6.8 ounces) all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons (4 ounces or 1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar

1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 large egg

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

32 chocolate mint candies (like Andes mints)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium sized bowl.  Set aside.  Cream together in the bowl of a mixer the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.  Scrape the sides of the bowl.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat again for 30 seconds.  Scrape sides again.  Add the dry ingredients  and mix just until combined. 

Shape the dough around a chocolate mint candy and form into rectangles.  You’ll need to flour your hands a little.  Make 20 cookies and place them on the baking sheets 2 inches apart, 10 cookies to each sheet.  Bake one sheet at a time for 12 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.  With the microwave on a lower setting, melt the remaining chocolates in a small glass bowl in 20-30 second intervals until smooth.  Drizzle the melted chocolate over the cooled cookies.  Let the chocolate harden before serving/eating the cookies.

Surprise Mint Cookies Love these!  Thanks again to Brenda from Meal Planning Magic for hosting this group!



Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

oh my these sound great, and the mint inside would be perfection!

Cindy deRosier said...

YUM!!! These sound incredible!

DJ said...

These look amazing!!

Dawn said...

These sound like the perfect little cookies for the holidays! I love chocolate and mint together!

Elaine said...

I love hidden surprises. These look great!!

My Inner Chick said...

-Just copied this recipe. Can't wait to bake these little sins! thanx.

Alida said...

Not only do these sound delicious, they are so pretty! I always love surprises in cookies :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm loving the little mint surprise in the middle. This would be a perfect Christmas cookie to me! Thanks for sharing :)

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love cookies with middles. :) These look delicious!

Joan said...

Those look good. Just enough mint Just enough chocolate. As you can tell, I'm not a big chocolate fan.
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Veronica Miller said...

Whoa do those look good!! My hubby loves chocolate and mint-he'd be all over these.

Annamaria @ Bakewell Junction said...

These cookies look lovely. When I make them I'll have to swap out one of the Andes candies that doesn't have mint in it though. I bet it would taste just as good.

Erin said...

Oh your cookies look wonderful! Love that there's a mint in the inside! Bonus! And the chocolate drizzle adds so much. I'd eat them all. (Is that good or bad???)

Baking Ribbons said...

These look delicious and what a creative idea!!! Thanks Katrina for telling me about my banana brownie shout out in Anna's book!!! I had no idea. I'll need to win it, I mean get it soon!!!

Carole said...

Hi there. The current Food on Friday is all about Christmas! It would be great if you linked this in. This is the link . Have a good week.

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