Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine's Cookies

I found this recipe in the latest issue of Taste of Home Magazine. In one word? Amazing!!!!

They are easy to make, the kids had a great time with the sprinkles, and they taste like thin mint cookies. Need I say more?

My only suggestion is to make a double batch. One makes a tiny ball of cookie dough.

Chocolate Mint Hearts(or whatever shape you want).

10oz bag mint chocolate chips, divided
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 C. all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 C. shortening

Melt 1/2 C. chips in microwave safe bowl, stir often to prevent burning! In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and melted chocolate. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and then gradually add to the chocolate mixture. Form a ball and let it chill for about an hour in the fridge.
On a floured surface, roll to 1/4 in thickness, no more! They are better thin.

Bake 2 in apart in a 350 degree oven for 7 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

When the cookies are cool, dip the top half of each heart in the rest of the melted mint chocolate chips. Place on wax paper and add sprinkles. It's easiest to put sprinkles in a bowl and then use your fingers to apply them to each cookie.
Refrigerate until set and then enjoy!!