12 Days of Cookies, Day 10: The Mint Sugar Cookie That Changed Christmas Forever
By Denise on December 19, 2010
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I've carried this recipe with me all over the country (and the world) and I've always had rave reviews -- even when the cookies were decorated by pre-schoolers with germy fingers. I've shared the recipes with friends online and always had rave reviews. Every fall, someone emails me or messages me asking me for the recipe. When I met TW's children, they'd never experienced the joy of the sugar cookie (TW is not a fan) and they were immediately converted to mint sugar cookie lovers. Our holiday would not be complete without this cookie -- it's not just the fun they have sitting around the table together, making anatomically correct snowmen and gingerbread girls. It's that they actually LIKE to eat them.
Mint Sugar Cookies
- 3/4 cup of butter (or margarine), softened
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon mint extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup finely ground walnuts (I leave these OUT)
- 5 cups confectioners sugar
- 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
- Paste food coloring
Icing (I rarely make icing anymore...)
For cookies, cream butter and sugars in a large bowl until fluffy. Add egg and mint, beating until smooth. In another bowl, sift flour and baking soda. Stir the flour (and nuts if you use them, yuk!) into the creamed mixture until soft dough forms. (And if I'm honest, I'll admit to quite often NOT sifting because who has time to sift when you have a zillion kids wanting to make cookies?? Hasn't ever hurt the cookies to not sift... just sayin'.) Cover and chill for an hour.
Preheat the oven to 350. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin (or the heels of your hand like I do, lol) to roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness. Use cookie cutters to cut cookies and back for 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Cool on a wire rack.
For icing, beat sugar and milk in a large bowl until smooth. Divide icing into small bowls and tint with food coloring. Spread icing on the cookies and allow the icing to harden (if your cookie eaters don't eat them first!)
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
A sugar cookie everyone loves... who would have guessed it? (Oh. Wait. There is one hold out -- TW has still never tasted one of these cookies. She swears she won't like it. Her loss, more for us!) This is also the cookie that is causing my vegan child angst this year... so we're going to try a vegan version and see what happens -- fingers crossed!
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