This year when I was doing my Christmas baking, I made a cookie that I hadn't made for years. The first time I made Coco-Mint Cookies was probably in the 1980s (or earlier?) some time. They appeared in our house at holiday time regularly for a few years and then mysteriously disappeared for some reason. I think I remember our daughter making them once several years ago because she's particularly fond of them.
They're kind of like a healthy Oreo cookie with peppermint flavoring in the creme filling. Everyone likes chocolate (the cookie part is chocolate) and the red and green tinted filling gives them a festive appearance. From the comments I got on them this year, I think I'm gonna have to make them every Christmas from now on.
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk
Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix and add the milk combining thoroughly. Refrigerate the dough for easier handling, if you wish. (I didn't and had very little trouble working with it.)
Using a floured rolling pin and work surface, roll the dough to 1/8" thickness. Use a round cookie or biscuit cutter to cut out round cookies. (My cutter was 1-1/2" in diameter and that seemed to be a good size.)
Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes. Immediately remove to a cooling rack.
When the cookies are cooled, spread Mint Filling and assemble them sandwich-style.
3 cups sifted powdered sugar
6 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons milk
Green food coloring
Red food coloring
Oil of Peppermint
Divide creme filling in half and add 4-6 drops of green food coloring and 2-4 drops of oil of peppermint to one half and 4-6 drops of red food coloring and 2-4 drops of oil of peppermint to the other half.
My cookies were getting snitched so fast that I didn't get time to count them, but I think I got somewhere around 40 sandwiched cookies.
I'm thinking of making them again at Easter time with pastel colored creme filling. I just had a thought . . . wouldn't it be cute to make the cookies with a bunny shaped cookie cutter?
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