Monday, December 10, 2012

M&M and White Chocolate Mint Cookies: The First Batch of Cookies for the Exchange!

Hi all.  As you've seen, we're hosting a holiday cookie exchange at our apartment this week.  After all, cooking should be a communal act, bringing all of us together.  Michelle said before that giving food to someone is showing them love and gratitude.  What better time of year to share these sentiments?

Earlier this month we went to the Lawrenceville Joy of Cookies Tour.  Encase you haven't been, several businesses in our Lawrenceville neighborhood (can't find the words to sum up Larryville) coax us in with delicious cookies.  It did the trick because I ended up checking out several stores that I wouldn't have gone in otherwise.  I highly suggest going, but be sure to go early - lots of places ran out of cookies during the four day event.

The highlight of the trip for sure was checking out greenSinner.  Michelle had been hyping this local, sustainable florist for weeks and my God it did it go beyond expectations.  Michelle and Mekenzee have inspired in me a new found appreciation for succulents, and this great workshop and greenhouse, and the beyond kind owners, only continued that cause. Not only does greenSinner win the awards (in my mind) for best new business and best shop owners, but they for sure had THE BEST cookies of the tour.  They were made by their friend Culinary Cory, and I wish I would have remembered to look up his blog before trying to replicate his Minty Grinch Cookies View his recipe here!

One last thing and then the recipe...

Be sure you're getting into the spirit with some holiday music while backing this season.  My suggestion:

Beaker in the 12 Days of Christmas.  That is all I need to say.

M&M and White Chocolate Mint Cookies

2 1/2 c flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 c (packed) dark brown sugar
1/2 c granulated sugar
2 sticks butter, room temp
2 large eggs
2 Tablespoons peppermint extract
Green Food Coloring (I used something like 6-8 drops)
1 cup white chocolate chips
1 cup festive red & green M&Ms (after consulting Laura, I used milk chocolate)

  • Preheat oven to 300F. 
  • Whisk the dry and set aside
  • Beat sugars and butter until fluffy, add eggs and extract.   Add food coloring. 
  • Stir in dry. They always say "don't over mix".  Fold in chocolate chips and M&Ms.
  • Drop onto cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes (our oven runs a little hot).
Feel free to sub-in your fave chocolate chip cookie recipe

Suggestions welcomed for a better name for these!

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