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Andes Mint Chip Cookies

Andes Mint Chip Cookies

We didn’t eat out often when I was a kid.  On the occasions that we did, one of my favorite places was a Mexican restaurant called Mi Casa Too.  It was here that I first had an Andes Mint, when they were delivered on the tray with the check.  I don’t know about you, but I think they’re about a million times more satisfying than the standard round peppermint candy.  I went years without them, then found them a pleasant surprise at the end of dinner on my first trip to Olive Garden.  Have you ever noticed that restaurants always seem to give an odd number of mints at the end of a meal?  Are they trying to cause fights?

Finally, as an adult, I realized you could simply buy them by the box.  Plenty of mints for everyone.  Then one day at Target I spotted something in the baking aisle.  Andes Crème De Menthe Baking Chips.  I threw a bag in the cart.  Then another.  The first thing I made was these cookies, an after dinner mint in cookie form.  Delicious.  I had to giggle at the fact that the recipe can be found on the Tootsie website, under the heading of “Healthy Living”.  I have my doubts that these have made me healthier, but they have been known to make me happier.

Andes Mint Chip Cookies
Yield: 4 Dozen Cookies
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
1/2 cup salted butter, softened
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 10oz package Andes Crème de Menthe baking chips (or approximately 2 cups chopped Andes Mints)
2 2/3 cup all purpose flour

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Blend butter, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla and eggs until well mixed.
3. Stir in Andes chips, then stir in flour until well combined.
4. Roll dough into 1 inch balls (or use small cookie scoop), flatten slightly and place on non-stick baking sheet.
5. Bake for approximately 8 minutes.
6. Allow to cool on baking sheet for a couple of minutes before removing to cooling rack.

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies

Here in Southern California, we don’t experience the dramatic colors of Fall the same way you do in other parts of the country.  Just last week we had a heat wave that sent temperatures up near 100 degrees.  At any rate, my calendar assures me that it is, in fact,  Fall.  Time to fire up the oven and fill the house with the warm, spicy aromas.

These are the perfect fall cookie, but I’ve been known to bake them throughout the year.  They get the same rave reviews in March as they do in October.  You’ll find that they keep well, making them an ideal choice for holiday giving.

Chewy Molasses Sugar Cookies
Yield: 6 dozen cookies
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup shortening
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup molasses
2 eggs
4 cups all purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
1. Melt shortening and butter on the stove over low heat and allow to cool.
2. Combine butter/shortening mixture with sugar, brown sugar, eggs and molasses. Beat well.
3. In a separate bowl, sift dry ingredients together, then add to wet ingredients. Mix well.
4. Chill dough for at least 3 hours – overnight works great!
5. Form dough into walnut-sized balls and roll in granulated sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes – do not overbake.
7. Once cooled, store cookies in an airtight container.

Adapted from Allrecipes.com