Have you noticed a groundswell of Christmas cheer coming early this year? I think in the negativity of the election season people just NEED something happy so Christmas it is! I’ve seen houses fully decorated, lots of Christmas trees going up, Christmas music playing, shopping happening, just lots of good Christmas emotions happening and I LIKE IT.
I really can’t blame my November celebration of Christmas on the election….I do this every year, I’m thankful for Facebook reminding me of such things. Any time after Halloween is game in my book! So I decided to whip up a batch of one of my essential Christmas cookies… these delicious Andes Mint Cookies. As I blasted my Glee Christmas playlist and coached my daughter on the finer points of rolling cookies in sugar, it was hard not to embrace the season.
The base of the cookies is fudgy and rich, then there is the light coating of sugar, and of course the swirl of melted andes mint. These cookies are addicting! It’s hard to say no to them…so just say yes.
Andes Mint Cookies
- ¾ cup butter
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1¼ teaspoon baking soda
- 2½ cups flour
- Andes mints
- Heat butter, sugar, and water in saucepan over low heat. Add chips and stir until partially melted. Remove from heat.
- Let stand 10 minutes to cool. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add soda, flour, and salt and stir until combined.
- Chill dough in refrigerator one hour. (<
- Roll into balls and roll in granulated sugar.
- Bake at 350 for 11-12 minutes. Remove from oven. Place Andes mint on each cookie, lightly pressing down. Wait 1 minute, then use a spoon to swirl the mint and top with sprinkles.
Another thing I love about these cookies is they freeze so well! You can make them completely and freeze them, just be sure to let them cool completely until the Andes mint is hardened. You can also do what I did and shape the chilled dough into balls and then freeze them in a container, then they are ready at a moment’s notice! And you have part of your holiday baking already finished. Win-win!