Minty Christmas Sugar Cookies

I own the recipe for the best sugar cookies in the entire universe. Not just the entire world, or even the entire galaxy. I mean, the entire universe. It’s a recipe I got from my friend Lynness back in high school, back when I viewed it as completely normal to eat about ten of these cookies at a time. Mind you, I’ll still eat ten at a time on occasion, I’ll just feel a lot more guilty about doing so. Curse you, common sense and reason gained with age!

Anyhow, for starters, here’s the recipe so you all can go and make them:

1/2 cup butter/margarine
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Cream first two together until smooth. Add sugar. Mix well. Add egg, vanilla, mix well. Combine last 3 ingredients in separate bowl. Add 1/2 flour mixture, mix well. Add other 1/2, mix well. Bake on ungreased cookie sheet for 6-11 minutes at 375 degrees. Makes around 24 cookies.

The frosting recipe is also excellent, but I’ll not be posting that as I didn’t use it this time around.

So, I totally got sneaky with these cookies. I discovered a baking store near me, and picked up some cream de menthe flavoring. I replaced the vanilla with the joyous minty flavoring, and dumped in some green food coloring, to make these babies:

mint cookies

I had some remnant chocolate icing from that penguin cake I made awhile back. So, I added some powdered sugar to make it a bit more stiff (huh huh…stiff…) and slapped that on the cookies.

More mint cookies

It still managed to puddle a bit, but still worked out more or less just fine. I wish I’d added a bit more mint flavoring to the cookies themselves. I made the mistake of tasting the (very concentrated) flavoring before using it, and as a result, everything tasted like mint for awhile, including the cookie dough I sampled to see if it contained enough mint. I’d also like to add more chocolate and less sugar to the icing. Though, as it was, it was like the chocolate icing that’s on Krispy Kreme donuts, which was still delicious in it’s own right.

These are also some of the most aesthetically pleasing cookies I’ve made in quite awhile. Yay for aesthetically pleasing!

piles of cookies!

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3 Comments

  1. eli November 2, 2010 12:59 am

    wow! I liked it !
    thank you!

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  2. kyle April 11, 2011 9:42 am

    OMG they blow my mind! and my taste buds ( huh huh taste buds)