As I was wandering through the aisles of Hannaford's Supermarket, doing my weekly grocery shopping, I ran into a display of baking chips and no, I didn't knock anything over. There in the display were bags of Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Chips. I love Andes chocolate mints and thought there must be a great recipe out there for these baking chips. I wanted to make some cookies since my son Michael was coming home from Philadelphia and requested some cookies to take back with him. One thing about my kids, no one is fussy about which cookies they get, they just want homemade cookies. Plus, I could add this recipe to A Year of Cookies.
When I got home, I started on the back of the creme de menthe chip package figuring if there was a good recipe I would use that. Low and behold, a great recipe on the back, Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies. Look no further, it's time to make the cookies.
The recipe came together quickly and remember, put the Creme de Menthe pieces in before the flour. I used a small cookie scoop and had the cookie dough on the trays and in the oven within minutes. They smelled sweet (and minty) coming out of the oven. I had a tough time waiting for them to cool slightly so I could have a taste. I knew using the dark brown sugar would make them crispy as well as chewy...and they were, chocolaty, minty, OH...so good. If you closed your eyes and ate one, you would think it was a Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie.
As I packed Michael's "goodie" bag to head back to Philadelphia, I included Jordan Marsh's Blueberry Muffins, Peanut Butter Blossoms and Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies, I told him how the mint cookies tasted like Girl Scout Cookies. When he saw the cookies, he couldn't remember what they were because he was expecting a chocolate cookie that looked like a Girl Scout Thin Mint. He said he opened the bag and tasted them and realized what they were. He was with some friends, offered them a few and then hid the rest. "Those were amazing and I didn't want to share them all!"
I guess I've taught my children well, share with your friends and then HOARD the rest :)
Make some Andes Creme de Menthe Cookies, put a smile on someone's face and then hide a few so you can enjoy them later!
1/2 cup of salted butter - softened
3/4 cup of dark brown sugar
1/2 cup of white sugar
2 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2-2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 package (10 oz.) Andes® Crème de Menthe Baking Chips or 2 packages 4.67 oz Andes Crème de Menthe, chopped.
Preheat oven to 350° F.
Cream butter and sugars together, then add baking soda, baking powder, vanilla and eggs blend until well incorporated.
Stir in Andes Baking Chips and then add the flour. Chill approximately one hour in the refrigerator.
Measure out approximately 1 oz. of dough. Form a ball and slightly flatten. We used a small cookie scoop (about 1 teaspoon full).
Bake at 350° F for approximately 6-8 minutes. Cookies will be slightly golden and firm.
Cool on wire racks.
This recipe makes 48 cookies