Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cookies! - a virtual cookie exchange

Jessica (aka "FishMama") over at Life As Mom is doing a virtual cookie exchange as part of her Christmas in July series.

For me Christmas Cookies are an annual ritual. For many years, I had a friend that would join me one of the first weekends in December and we would set up and bake. Now, I have my children help on a few of the cookies and I do the balance over a period of days, after bedtime/during naptime.

I love to bake a variety of cookies. Like everyone else, I have my favorite Frosted Sugar Cookie and Fudge recipe that I have been eating since I was a little girl. Over the years, I have picked up additional recipes from friends and family. One of my favorite and super easy, super good anytime recipe is for Mint Chocolate Cookies. They taste similar to Girl Scout Thin Mints and the best part is, since you make them, they are available year round. I use the bags of chocolate discs found at craft stores like Michael's. If they aren't on sale, they are usually what I use my weekly coupons on. For the sprinkles, colored sugar crystals do not work so well, they sort of melt into the chocolate and don't stand out well against the chocolate. The best ones to me are the little balls - generally multi-colored.

Mint Chocolate Cookies

2# Mint Flavored Chocolate
One box of Ritz Crackers

Melt chocolate in a double boiler. Stir until smooth. Dip crackers in chocoate coating both sides. Place on wax paper to cool. Top with sprinkles before the chocolate sets. Once the chocolate is fully set, you can store them in a cool place.

Me, I can't ever wait for them to fully set at room temperature, so I use a cookie sheet which, once sprinkled, I can place in my freezer to finish setting. This lets me place them in my storage container sooner. Much like Thin Mints, these cookies are best eaten cold in my opinion. In the winter, I store the container (Tupperware) in the garage to keep them nice and cold.

If you would like to participate, head over to Life As Mom and add a link to your post.


FishMama said...

These look so easy. WOW! Thanks for sharing them.

Lucy Marie said...

Yum! I love chocolate mint so I am sure I would love love love these. Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

These cookies look so easy to make. I like recipes that are easy to make. THANKS!!! Geri