Saturday, October 25, 2008

#9 Is Here!

Okay, my #9 favorite dessert on the "Top 10". Anybody who likes mint will love these. We make them every year during the holidays and they have become a hot cookie around here. My favorite part of the cookie is the bright green frosting - I love colored frosting!
"Chocolate Mint Dreams"
Ingredients:
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 squares (1 ounce each) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
ICING:
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 to 2 drops green food coloring
DRIZZLE:
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon shortening
DIRECTIONS:
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in chocolate and mint extract. Gradually add flour. Stir in chocolate chips. (Dough will be soft.) Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 6-8 minutes or until firm. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Meanwhile, combine icing ingredients; spread over cooled cookies. Let set. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. Yield: 4 dozen.
I made this today too - on a rating of 1-10....this from me would get a 3. I found out it tastes much better on buttered toast!
"Pumpkin Harvest Dip"
Ingredients:
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
Apple and pear slices
DIRECTIONS:
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Gradually add the pumpkin, pie spice, vanilla and ginger; beat until smooth. Serve with fruit. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 3-1/2 cups.
See you with #8 next!

21 comments:

Candy said...

The cookies look great. I'm not sure if I'd like that dip either. Sounds pretty sweet. Love the shadows picture!

Barbara Bakes said...

I love mint and chocolate!

Emily said...

I want a cookie! I am a mint girl ALL THE WAY!!! Yum-e!

Lucy said...

Chocolate and Mint... a marriage for the taste buds!!!

Aggie said...

Those chocolate mint cookies look perfect for the holidays! I can't wait to make them! The insides look so chocolatey...yumm

bakingblonde said...

I love the look of those cookies. They will be perfect for a holiday treat tray!!
Love the blog and photos!

Jodi said...

I love mint and colorful cookies! :) Great recipe!!

Cristine said...

Cute cookies! I love mint and chocolate together!

nicole said...

Chocolate and mint make everything better. That dip looks great too.

Jenny said...

How fun! I love these recipes, they both look like hits to me! I love that choc/mint combo.

Jessica said...

I love mint!! Those cookies look like they are a perfect addition to my holiday baking list!

Indian Woman said...

These desserts are simply tempting. Since I hardly know what to do with my pumpkins,your pumpkin dip recipe will be a great help.

Rebekah said...

those cookies look delicious! I love mint flavored things.

Too bad the pumpkin dip didn't taste better :)

Oiyi said...

Hmmm....yummmmy!

Pam said...

Chocolate mint dreams would be gobbled up in no time in my house. I know my son would love the green frosting!

Theresa said...

Chocolate and mint go hand and hand. Those would be gone in no time!!!

Maria said...

The chocolate mint is perfect for the holidays. I love the green!!

Katrina said...

Love mint and chocolate, I recently posted a mint brownie that was SO good. Love the pretty holiday green on your cookies.
I've had a pumpkin dip like this before, but try dipping graham crackers or gingersnaps in it--I liked that better than apples.
Lovin' your holiday top 10 treats!

Allie said...

I love the green how it makes the cookie pop. Another winner in my book!

Rosie said...

I adore mint and chocolate- these would be just perfect for me to tuck into too :)

Rosie x

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