Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies


Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies 

From John’s Family

The month of December is special for a number of reasons, not the least of which is my sudden willingness to make batch after batch of cookies.  Don’t get me wrong, I have a desire to make cookies year-round.  But in the interest of my waistline, I generally only cave to this desire when I can use “’tis the season!” as my excuse for all culinary indiscretions.  Sure, I have space in my diet for the occasional year-round cookie, but in the honeymoon kitchen, a whole batch of cookies for the household = a whole batch of cookies minus two for Tera.  For example, this is how last Saturday played out:

Tera and John bake Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies together.  Tera offers John one of the mixer whisks with cookie dough on it.  John proclaims he doesn’t like raw cookie dough.  Tera licks both whisks.  And the bowl.  Batch one of three comes out.  Tera tests a cookie, you know, just to check.  John takes a bite of one and sets it back on the rack.  The minute he turns his back Tera eats the remainder.  He doesn’t even notice.  Batch two comes out.  Tera tests it to check for “discrepancies between the two different cookie sheets used.”  They taste the same.  AKA still really good.  John is bored so he leaves the kitchen to do other stuff.  Tera sticks around to “supervise the oven”…eats 3 more cookies out of boredom.  Final batch comes out, taste test says all three cookie sheets worked marvolously.  John’s mom and sister stop by.  Tera shoves as many cookies as she can fit into some tupperware and begs them to take it away.  About 2 dozen cookies remain on the counter.  You get the picture.  (Speaking of, I obviously had to take a bite of another one for the sake of the above picture…and then eat the rest to reward myself for getting a good shot.)

So in the name of all things merry, enjoy the first of a few Christmas cookie recipes this season, and then don’t expect any more until next year!  Happy December!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 10 oz bag mint chocolate morsels (here’s the deal, back in the day when John’s family made this recipe a Christmas tradition, Nestle made these wonderful mint chocolate chips…in the past year or two they discontinued them and now sell a bag that’s a mix of chocolate chips and minty chips…not nearly as good…this year I found bags of Andes mint crumbles and it turns out they work really well) (UPDATE: apparently Ghiradelli makes a good option too, so be on the lookout people, and don’t be afraid to stock up!)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine vegetable oil and 1 cup sugar.  Mix well.
  4. Beat eggs and vanilla extract into oil mixture.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. Stir in mint chocolate chip morsels.
  7. Shape into small balls (a little smaller than a ping pong ball).  Roll each ball in remaining sugar and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 8-10 minutes.  Cool completely on wire racks.

Makes 4-5 dozen, depending on how big you rolled them.

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