Friday, December 10, 2010

Buttermint Drop Cookies

Last week I was naughty and sent my husband to work with store-bought frosted sugar cookies. Sometimes these things can’t be helped. With only three days to scrub and paint the walls milk chocolate brown before Jesse arrived home, cookies were last on my to-do list.

I’m not sure City Hall has forgiven me yet, but hopefully today’s cookie will make them forget about this little faux pas.

Buttermint Drop Cookies
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These cookies aren’t named so because they utilize buttermints as an ingredient, but because they taste like them.

Heads up: This dough should chill for an hour or two before baking. You can skip this step, but your cookies will be prettier if you can wait. (Yes, you caught me, those are "I'm impatient and I'll just skip a step" cookies on the left.)

1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs
Green food color, paste or liquid
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups all purpose flour
12 ounce bag Guittard Smooth Melty Petite Mint Chips, divided

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a stand mixer beat together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and salt. Mix in eggs, green food coloring, vanilla and peppermint extracts. Mix in baking powder and baking soda. Mix in flour until just combined. Add 2/3 of a bag of mint chips reserving the rest for topping. Cover and refrigerate dough for 1 to 2 hours, or until chilled but not solid.

3. With a cookie scoop, scoop the dough 2” apart onto parchment. Press three chips into each cookie and bake for 9 to 10 minutes until edges are golden. Let set for 2 minutes and move to a cooling rack.

Recipe & photograph by Laura Flowers.


Caroline said...

What a fabulous cookie idea for the holidays! I have always loved buttermints. And no worries about store bought cookies...sometimes you have to do what you have to do. And if it is a matter if staying up all night to bake or running to the wins.

Federica Simoni said...

eccezionali questi biscotti! ciao!

Unknown said...

You naughty girl you!! for shame...these however are utterly gorgeous

Joanne said...

This is perfect to use up the peppermint extract I just bought! And they are so lusciously green!

Sue said...

These sound great and look so pretty! Did you sprinkle the chips and is that how they come?

Amy said...

Yum! They looks so yummy and festive!

Velva said...

These are delightful. No doubt delicious too.

Happy Holidays to you.


Holly said...

Mmmmyummmy-these sound sooo good!!
I totally feel so guilty when I send my hubby store bought cookies too!! lol

Steve said...

Wow. I'm afraid to make these for fear of eating all the dough before they ever hit the pan. Talk about impatience. Happy Holidays.

The Cooking Photographer said...

Hi Sue,

The chips come that way.


Monet said...

Isn't it funny how people begin to expect home baked goods from you all the time? I know I feel super guilty whenever I have to pick up a store-bought cake or package of cookies. But there are some weeks where baking just can't happen! These cookies are one treat that I am hoping to bake very soon. They look delicious! Thank you for sharing with me. I hope you have a blessed Sunday!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

A cookie that tastes like buttermints?! I am awe-struck. Those look so cute and festive too.

Thank you for your sweet comment, I absolutely love your blog. Your pictures and recipes just make me smile (and very hungry) every time I read your posts!

Jennie said...

Wow! Those are some green cookies! They look wonderfully festive and sound divine! Yum!

Amee said...

lovely color!

Unknown said...

I love all mint cookies. your looks so good.

natasha said...

We made these cookies for a Christmas Cookies Exchange over the holidays and they were a HUGE hit! And too funny, my husband accidentally bought neon green food coloring so they were a little bright! Haha! We'll definitely make them again! :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Natasha that's awesome!!! Thanks for telling me. I bet they looked pretty cool in neon too.

Kendal said...

Hi. Where did you purchase the Guittard Smooth Melty Petite Mint Chips with the cute festive sprinkles?

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