Make the Grinch in a Cinch (Cookies, I mean….)*

I got kind of carried away with the holiday season, and as a result haven’t had much time for blogging. Even though these are “Grinch” cookies, it’s never a bad time for a cookie recipe, and you can leave out the green food coloring to serve them at any time of the year.

Anyway, Before the holiday, I went looking for seasonal cookie recipes and found one for peppermint cookies on the boards. The photo on  Pinterest looks like this:

Photo courtesy of Hill Country Happenings

Photo courtesy of Hill Country Happenings

Ingredients:

1 cup white sugar

1 cup powdered sugar

1 cup oil (not peanut)
1 cup butter
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
 
4 3/4 cup flour 
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp peppermint extract
2 tsp. green food coloring (I used the gel kind) add more to reach your green preference
1 cup Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips 
1 cup dark chocolate baking chips
 
Beat and mix the first 7 ingredients together.  Then add the flour/baking soda mixture (one cup at a time). Add peppermint, food coloring and baking chips.
Bake for 10-11 minutes and cool on a baking rack.
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So, first I put together the butter,  oil, and sugar, creaming them until they were smoothly combined. Looking back, I think it would have been better to cream the butter and sugar together before adding the oil, because the butter didn’t really incorporate smoothly.

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Next, I added the salt, eggs and vanilla,

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and then gradually the dry ingredients.

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Once the batter was combined, I added the peppermint and the food coloring.

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Then finally the baking chips went in,

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and the result was something that looked and smelled like mint chocolate chip ice cream.

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But, the batter was really fluffy. It had a texture that was almost frothy, and as I doled it out onto the cookie sheet, I began to have concerns about the texture. The batter was so light and sticky that it was impossible to roll into balls in order to create uniform cookies.

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No matter though, they still turned out round.

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In the end, though, I was not happy with the texture, which was coarse, almost like a sandy. I think if I make these again in the future, I will go with a sort of chocolate chip cookie recipe, just adding the peppermint and food coloring to that along with the Creme de Menthe chips. Don’t get me wrong though — they all got eaten, so they weren’t bad, but I just prefer a smoother texture than this recipe yields.

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* Title of this blog contributed by Shaina E., who gets a cookie.

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