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Christmas Cookies

Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies

Yesterday and today I made my favorite Christmas cookies. This isn’t a recipe that’s been in the family forever by any means, but ever since grade school my mom has made these chocolate-mint cookies to everyone’s delight.

  • ¾ cup margarine (1½ sticks)
  • 1½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups chocolate chips (1 bag)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups a.p. flour
  • ½ teaspooon salt
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • about 75 Andes Mints (2 to 3 packages)

In a medium saucepan, combine the margarine, brown sugar, and water over medium heat. When the margarine has melted, add chocolate chips and stir until smooth. Pour into large mixing bowl and let set for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes is up, add the eggs (this waiting period is important so as not to cook the eggs in the hot mixture).

Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in a medium bowl and slowly add to the chocolate mixture until combined.

Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until the mixture is set (over night is best).

After refrigerating over night...

Roll into balls and put on cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes at 350 degrees.

In Development

Immediately upon removing the cookies from the oven, place 1 Andes Mint on each cookie. Or, if you are trying to stretch 2 packages of mints, break a small portion off of each one and divide these broken pieces across the cookies. When the mints begins to melt, spread them over each cookie with a butter knife. Let cool and serve.

Makes 50–75 cookies.

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5 comments on “Christmas Cookies”

  1. Christmas Cookies 11 December, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Hmmm, yummy. I love chocolates and the recipe looks easy to make too. They wouldn’t last long in here with the kids around though but I know it’ll be worth it. Thanks.

  2. Linda 13 December, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Martha, What happened to the delightful name you gave these cookies: Winter Mint Delights? They look really good in the colorful photo you put at the beginning.

  3. Martha 13 December, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    I knew you’d bring that to the comments! I’m just a wimp and thought it sounded cheesy. But thanks, Linda, for calling me out.

  4. Mark 14 December, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I was making these yesterday too! I love them. I think a 1/2 Andes mint on each worked well – they are at Target in new individual wrappers (like tiny Hershey bars now come in) vs. the tinfoil folding wrapped ones in a box from Snyder’s. They are larger then I remember – so I found 1/2 a mint per cookie worked well. And I used the back of a teaspoon to swirl the melted mint.

    Great pictures – and thanks for sharing. We need to get the word out about these great cookies!

  5. Antonia 9 July, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    I´ve loved these cookies ever since Gramma Linda taught me how to make them. By the way Martha, you´re not a wimp and I think that “Winter mint delight ” is a good name for those cookies. I really understand the name.