|Mint-kissed Chocolate Cookies|
It's Christmas Eve and I have a four-year-old daughter. This is her first year of really understanding and appreciating what it is that Santa does for everyone on Christmas Eve.
Which means this is the first year that I have been able to successfully threaten her with "Santa's watching you."
I understand that these threats may get me on the naughty list.
I'm willing to live with that.
Maybe Santa will accept these mint-kissed chocolate cookies as a bribe to get back on the nice list.
(As a token of our appreciation, she said in her best Wise Guy accent)
If not, more cookies for me!
The cookies don't have mint in them, so you don't HAVE to make them minty, if you're not inclined.
I only wish these Hershey's Mint Truffle Kisses had a green mint swirl in them, just to make the cookies a bit more festive.
But alas. No swirl.
I also wish that I had chilled these cookies right after dropping in the kiss, so we don't have these sad little chocolate mint melty puddle things in the center of the cookie.
I was really going for a jauntier, pointy kiss.
But the sunlight was burning away, and I only like to take photos in natural light, so...
Melty, sloop-y kisses it is.
Still festive, sloopy kisses and all.
I hope Santa likes them.
Even more, I hope you have a fantastic holiday season.
And if you see Santa before I do....
Put in a good word for me, eh?
Santa's Mint-Kissed Chocolate Cookies
Adapted slightly from allrecipes.com
Heat oven to 350 degrees. With a hand-mixer, cream the softened butter with the sugar until light in color and fluffy. Beat in one egg at a time, until well incorporated, then mix in vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat together until dough forms. Roll spoon-sized balls of cookie dough in the palms of your hands, and lay evenly spaced on pan-sprayed cookie sheets. Bake each pan separately on the middle rack for 8-10 minutes, remove from oven and allow to cool 1-2 minutes. Place a chilled Mint Truffle kiss in the center of each cookie, pressing slightly. Remove all cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Cross your fingers that Santa won't be easily offended by such an overt bribe.
Merry Christmas, Emporium!!!