Sunday, December 23, 2012

Cookies for Christmas

Like most people right now, I am a baking queen.  Cookies, cookies, and still more cookies.  By far the most fun cookies have been our Sugar Cookies.  Nothing special about the recipe, but I don't have Christmas themed cookies cutters.  So we have seahorses, fish, lighthouses, hedgehogs, bears, foxes, and crabs all decorated up with sugar crystals that will be brought to Great Grandma's house for everyone to share.

Then there's these.

Andes Pillows
1 Cup unsalted butter
1 Cup sugar
1 large egg
1t. Vanilla
3 Cups flour
1 t. baking powder
1/4 t.  salt
49 Andes Creme de Menthe Thins

Preheat oven to 400.  Use mixer to combine sugar, butter, egg, and vanilla.  Beat until light and fluffy.  Add flour, baking powder, and salt.  Beat at low speed until soft dough forms.

Divide dough in half.  On well-floured surface, roll half of the dough into a 14x9 inch rectangle.  Arrange mints in a grid pattern evenly across dough.  On a sheet of waxed paper roll out the remaining dough into another rectangle.  Cover the mints, trim the extra, use pizza cutter to cut between the mints.  Gently press edges of pillows to seal.  Bake 7-10 minutes, or until edges are light brown.

FINAL VERDICT - I liked them.  They weren't nearly as hard to make as I was thinking they would be.  It was different and fun to do after 2 days of cookie, cookie, cookie baking.  Plus they're pretty darn tasty!

1 comment:

  1. Someone needs to get you one of those ruffle cutters used for making raviolis and stuff and then you can trim these with fancy edges. Because they do look like little raviolis. :D