Picture - Copyright 2009 - Retrogirl Photog.
Feeling a bit Christmasy...I decided to bake today. The cookies above are a hybrid recipe that I came up with today. I'd heard of cookies with Andes mints in them, and found so many recipes. I also love chocolate crinkle cookies. I sorta combined recipes from my research and came up with this:
Red's Chocolate Mint Crinkles
2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Cups granulated white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
24 Andes Creme De Menthe Mints - Cut in half
Wisk together Flour, Cocoa, Baking Powder, and salt. Set aside. In a separate large bowl, combine sugar, oil and eggs until well mixed. Add in the Vanilla. Stir dry ingredients into wet mixture, until combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or so.
Place Powdered Sugar in a medium bowl and set aside.
Preheat oven to 350-f. Spray cookie sheets with nonstick spray. Roll dough into 1/2 tablespoon sized balls. Insert a half-Andes mint inside, making sure dough is covering it completely. Drop into bowl of powdered sugar and dust coat the dough balls. Place on cookie sheets about 1.5" apart. Bake for 11-13 minutes, until cookies crinkle and no longer look raw. Cool and place in a plastic storage container. Yields anywhere from 40-60 cookies depending on size of dough balls. (I came up with about 45 cookies).
Alternative Options: Can mix green and/or red sugar sprinkles in with powdered sugar for Christmas look. I wanted to do this, but my grocery store was completely out of colored sugars!! You could also press some crushed peppermints in the top if you wish.
Also-- Can bake cookies without mints, and then press into top when cookies are hot out of the oven and mint will melt and make a sort of "icing" for cookie. I prefer the "hidden mint surprise" inside.
Can also put 1 tsp. peppermint extract in dough mix for a stronger mint flavor.
I love the antique 1950's plate in the photo above! I found the one, single plate in a small antique store about 4 years ago. I wish I could find more from this pattern. If anyone out there has some or has seen them, email me!
What goodies are you baking this year? Care to share a recipe?