05 June 2009

Andes Mint Cookies

Tonight we're going to a BBQ at a friends house. She told me not to bring anything, but that's not my nature! So, I raided the pantry and decided to make something with Andes Mints because I had a whole bag of them. I made chocolate cookies and frosted them with the melted mints. MMMM..... yum-o! The cookie recipe is a little flat, so next time I'd go back to an old toll house classic, but the frosting makes them worth it!

3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (I used what I had-- 1 cup dark chocolate & 1 cup white chocolate)
2 eggs 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used cake flour)
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
36 chocolate mint wafer candies

1. In a large pan over low heat, cook butter, sugar and water until butter is melted. Add chocolate chips and stir until partially melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until chocolate is completely melted. Pour into a large bowl and let stand 10 minutes to cool off slightly.
2. At high speed, beat in eggs, one at a time into chocolate mixture. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients, beating until blended. Chill dough about 1 hour.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
4. Roll dough into balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-10 minutes. While cookies are baking unwrap mints and divide each in half. When cookies are brought out of the oven, put 1/2 mint on top of each cookie. Let the mint sit for up to 5 minutes until melted, then spread the mint on top of the cookie.