Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Andes Mint Cookies

I found some Andes mint chips a while ago and have been meaning to use them for the longest time.  I am pretty sure there is not better mint than a Andes mint.  Well maybe a York peppermint.  But that is a whole other story.  So I decided to make some mint cookies for a family gathering over the weekend.  Something different.  Plus, my mom loves Andes mint. 

2 sticks butter, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups wheat flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
12 oz bag of Andes Mint chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  Cream butter and sugars until well beaten.
3.  Beat in eggs one at a time.
4.  Add vanilla extract until well combined
5.  Mix wheat flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl
6.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients.  Alternate dry ingredients and Andes Mint chips.
7.  Scoop about a tablespoon of batter on to cookie sheet.  Space cookies about 2 inches apart.  Cookies will not rise much so press down on the batter to make cookies flat.
8.  Bake for about 9 minutes.

The cookies were a big hit.  My great grandmother loved them and that little Asian lady is super picky.  Great grandma started out sharing half a cookie with my uncle.  Then she asked my mother to get her a whole cookie.  She may be just shy of 100 years old but she sure knows what she wants.

The husband surprised me on a date night over the weekend.  We had a nice dinner and went to the pumpkin patch.  Pumpkin carving is kind of our thing.  My husband carved his first pumpkin when we started dating over 10 years ago.  Now we carve pumpkins every year.  Last year was a exception and I was super bummed about it.

This year I decided to go all out and carve a Adam Bomb jack-o-lantern.  It was a lot harder than I had expected.  I wanted to make sure I carved a pumpkin and not just shaved/etch Adam onto a pumpkin.
My Adam-o-lantern came out a lot better than I expected.  So of course I had to send it BobbyHundreds.  And guess what?!?  My pumpkin ended up being posted on The Hundreds blog!  My pumpkin is the last one BobbyHundreds post.  Best for last!
Khloe was a lady bug for Halloween.  As you can see she was probably the most excited canine lady bug. 
Here is a side view of Khloe's costume.  The pup seemed to really enjoy Halloween and passing out candy.  El Hubby and I would know if kids were coming to the door thanks to the pup dashing to the front.  Khloe's doggy training really came in handy last night.  We would tell her to sit and stay so we could open the door.  But of course as the night got later she ended up being closer and closer to the door.  All the kids loved Khloe's costume.  One little girl said "your dog is sooo cute" and then just stood there staring at Khloe.  It was super cute.  Finally El Hubby had to say "bye bye" and wave at the little girl to go away.  By the end of the night Khloe did get some kids who petted her.  It was a pretty fun night with El Hubby and the pup passing out candy.  I heart my little family.


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