Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Resurrected Christmas Cookie

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 egg
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.

Mint Filling

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?  


Carolyn said...

Oh, we just GOTT'A try that for Easter!

You'll remind us when time comes around, right?

Please? :)

2 Tramps said...

Those cookies look like they would be delicious no matter what shape they are made in! I swear - I can smell the chocolate and mint right now!!! I am supposed to bake a cake for Tramp 1 to take to work - I think I will make your cookies instead!

Mama Pea said...

Carolyn - I really think I'm gonna do these for Easter. Maybe even put lemon flavoring in the filling rather than mint? I have a bunny face cookie cutter . . . you know, puffy cheeks and ears sticking up . . . that I think I'll use. Except that will make a honkin' big cookie. Think anybody will complain?

Sparkless said...

Ohh mint and chocolate, you can't go wrong there. They look YUM! I'm keeping this recipe to make the next cookie making day. I've got some left over candy canes I can crush up and add to the filling too.

Mama Pea said...

2 Tramps - Oh, please take a picture to show us all if you do go with the cookies instead of a cake. Cookies would be so much easier to pass around and eat instead of cake anyway.

Mama Pea said...

Sparkless - Ingenious idea for the filling! The crushed candy canes would make them extra special. Give me a half glass of cold milk and I'd dunk 'em!

Carolyn said...

Big honkin' cookies are good in my book! How about Easter egg cookie cutters?

Stephanie said...

Oh, thanks for sharing! Will definitely be trying these :)

judy said...

They look pretty enough for Easter .I here debating where can I move to?Also all the new info from Jerry's oncologist on Monday and her new strategies .I am thankful for the slowness of his cancer But don't look forward to the end.Actually ,I can't even look at it realistically yet.Is that common?

The Weekend Homesteader said...

Those look delish, and I love the Grasshopper cookies, which I never buy anymore because of the junk they contain.

Lisa said...

Love the beautiful colors of the creme fillings! Very creative Mama Pea. They sure look as pretty as they must taste.
PS a 'healthy' Oreo??!!! I really like the sounds of that down here!!!

Jenyfer Matthews said...

Those look fantastic but you lost me at rolling them out. I have never had much luck with rolling / cutting cookie dough :(

Susan said...

I bet I can adapt these to my now-limited diet! I L.O.V.E. chocolate and peppermint! I'm gonna try!

Freedom Acres Farm said...

I can't wait to try these! Yum!

Just FYI and others in our blogging circles.... I have begun blogging again but only for sewing projects. No homesteading - just as a more fun way to journal my sewing. If you're interested you can find me at

I've missed all you guys but have NO time to blog as often as I used to. But it'll be fun to keep a sewing journal rather than in a yucky notebook.

Val said...

I LOVE your idea of the Easter cookies!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Erin said...

Those look really good, I've never seen anything like them. I might need to try these next year.

judy said...

don't go anywhere today and stay off those icy roads

Mama Pea said...

Stephanie - Hope they work for you!

Mama Pea said...

judy - Just taking one day at a time is probably a good strategy for right now. You're a very strong woman and a survivor. You'll be able to handle what comes your way, I know.

Mama Pea said...

The Weekend Homesteader - Yes, we just aren't getting any nutrition from so much commercially prepared foods any more. There is so much junk, as you rightly say, in there that the human body has to work hard to expel from our systems. It's like asking our bodies to ingest and then get rid of poison without it having an ill effect.

Mama Pea said...

Lisa - Oreos used to be my favorite cookie, but I haven't had any for years and years. The last time I did taste them, they really didn't have a "good" flavor like I remembered. These Coco-Mint Cookies don't taste like Oreos used to . . . but they are a very yummy treat!

Mama Pea said...

Jen - I know you've mentioned you have trouble with cut-out cookies. This dough seems very forgiving to me. I just flour my counter top and rolling pin and go for it.

Mama Pea said...

Susan - I expect you'll be able to write your own GF cook book soon, clever gal that you are!

Mama Pea said...

Freedom Acres Farm - So glad you commented and left your new blog address. I'm going to add that to my list of faves!

We've all missed you lots, too, but understand your situation. Maybe we can get back in touch via your sewing blog.

Mama Pea said...

Val - You're very welcome!

Mama Pea said...

Erin - Don't wait until next year! I'm betting Loch and Finn would really like these.

Mama Pea said...

judy - You betcha! It is a mess out there. :o(