23 December 2014

Cookies For Santa

I have been busy making, baking, frosting and decorating cookies today.

This fussing in the kitchen is so soothing to my soul, and as I have been working on these

cookie making duties, I was taken back in my mind to the wonderful anticipation of

Santa Claus as a youngster.



Such a lovely whimsical thought and even found myself wondering which of these cookies

 might be Santa's favorite?

Then, that led to sharing with you this recipe that seems to have been pinned on a good many

cookie boards on Pinterest.

Using a basic sugar cookie dough and adding Andes Chocolate Mints to the batter...yum....





I am normally a rather plain sort of cookie gal, you know, the usual

chocolate chip,

peanut butter,

and yes sugar cookie.


But yesterday while finishing up my Christmas shopping I overheard two woman talking about how

great the combination of sugar dough infused with these little chocolate mints can truly be.

A true confirmation, that I needed, or Santa needed to give these a try.




So, I gave them a whirl, but added a little homemade cream cheese frosting to the top of

each one of these darlings.

Just for me, I split the sugar cookie dough in half

so I could have my all time favorite plain and simple sugar cookie..smiles...




Tada- the sugar cookie dough infused with chocolate and mint.

I suppose this cookie is not the prettiest cookie on the block, but appearances can be

deceiving, because this cookie packs one tasty punch of goodness.


Below is a good sugar cookie recipe-a little crisp but not flat.




Mary's Sugar Cookies 


Chill: 2 hr * Bake: 7 to 8 min per Sheet *Preheat oven: to 350


Ingredients:


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup butter or margarine softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
Granulated sugar

Beat powdered sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed. 


Stir in vanilla, almond extract and egg.  Stir in flour, baking soda and cream of tartar.

Separate dough in half and to one half of the dough add 1- 28 piece package of

 Andes Mints, broken in pieces.

(NOTE:If using the entire sugar cookie recipe to make Andes Mint Cookies, use 2 packages of mints and use entire sugar cookie batch of dough.)


Cover and refrigerate about 2 hours or until firm.

(Dough may be refrigerated up to 4 days(and can be frozen, too)



 Roll half of dough at a time 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured cloth-surface or, lightly floured 

parchment paper.  Cut into desired shapes.  Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased 

cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with granulated sugar.  Bake 7 to 8 minutes or until light brown. 

Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

Cool and frost if you like!







This recipe from me to you just in time for Santa Claus Coming To Town!


Merry Christmas!

xoxo







Jemma@athomewithjemma
Jemma@athomewithjemma

Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

18 comments:

  1. Oh my! Those secret ingredients make all the difference. I made a chocolate cake today and used Hershey's dark chocolate...my whole house smells like a candy factory! Sweet hugs!

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  2. I love Andes Mints and I know I'd love your cookies! They look so festive and yummy. Thanks for popping in to see me tonite and thanks so much for including me in your prayers! Merry Christmas to you and yours!! ♥

    Hugs,
    Jan

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  3. I have never used Andes mints in a cookie, but the combination of Andes mints, a sugar cookie, and cream cheese frosting sounds pretty unbeatable to me! I've got to give this a try! So glad you shared the recipe! Thanks.

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  4. I am all cookied out, but will put this delicious sounding recipe in my to try pile!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Jemma.

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  5. It sounds like an interesting combination. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xoox

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  6. yummy!!! dear yemma, love your cookies!!! merry chrismas!!! hugs, angie

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  7. Will Santa mind sharing one with this elf? ;)
    Merry Christmas, lovely friend.
    xoxo

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  8. Hi Jemma! Oh, you have my tiny mouth watering for some of those beautiful cookies! I know Santa will probably take them all! :) Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  9. Your cookies are almost too beautiful to eat! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

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  10. They are so pretty and I bet they are so good too. I love Andes mints! Merry Christmas, Jemma!...Christine

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  11. Plain sugar cookies are my all-time favorite too, Jemma. Yours look so delicious, especially with the red sprinkles. I am enjoying the day spending it with all the family. Just wanted to come over and say MERRY CHRISTMAS to one of my dearest blog friends.

    love,
    ~Sheri

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  12. All your cookies are perfect for Christmas. I know Santa would love them all. Merry Christmas.

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  13. I bet Santa LOVED those cookies!
    Just stopping by to wish you a very blessed Christmas!!

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  14. Hi Jemma, I know Santa loved those cookies! I know you had a fun Christmas. Since losing my job in November I have not been my usual self and did no baking this year! Nick and I have several packages of pre made cookies that he loves to bake. I did make my mom's icebox lemon cheesecake and it turned out nicely. We did have a lovely Christmas though. Always fun to be with the kids. Now we have snow and lots of cold temps. I have a new book that I received as a Christmas gift so I plan to read today. Good to see you here. Blessings, Anne

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  15. Dear Jemma,

    Your cookies are TOO cute, and I'm sure that Santa enjoyed them very much, as the cream cheese must have reminded him of snow covered trees, adorned with Christmas red ornaments.

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas!

    xo
    Poppy

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  16. Hi Jemma, I thought I had left a comment earlier but I can't see it, and did want to thank you for the recipe, I am always on the lookout for good ones, and your pictures are beautiful. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. All the best for the New Year! xx Nancy

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  17. Happy New Year, sweet Jemma. I wish you peace and joy in the coming year. I look forward to more of your wonderful posts that are simple and filled with beauty. I appreciate them more than you know.

    love,
    ~Sheri

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  18. Oh yummy! I too bake just the basics;) and that includes gingerbread AND sugar cookies. I like the addition of the almond extract! That sounds delicious! I have eaten WAY too much over my holiday break and I still have a few days left before things get back to normal. I think it's important to indulge a little at this time of year;)

    Wishing you a peaceful and healthy New Year ahead! xxleslie

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