Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing

St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, March 17. Our family enjoys celebrating all holidays with food. Tomorrow for dinner our menu includes corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. These Chocolate-Mint Sandwich Cookies with green mint filling make a perfect dessert.

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon Watkins Double-Strength Vanilla Extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Watkins Baking Cocoa
1 teaspoon Watkins Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 teaspoon Watkins Pure Peppermint Extract
2 to 3 drops green food coloring, optional

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Shape into two 10-1/2-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

Unwrap dough and cut into 1/8-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on lightly greased baking sheets. Bake at 325° F for 9-11 minutes or until edges are set. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Combine filling ingredients; beat until smooth. Add food coloring if desired. Spread on the bottom of half of the cookies; top with remaining cookies. Yield: 5 dozen.


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St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook

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