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Let’s Make a #HousefulOfCookies!

Today I’m participating in the #HousefulOfCookies blog hop, hosted by my friend Natasha of Houseful of Nicholes. You can follow the hashtag on Twitter or Instagram to find the recipes that have been posted so far, or if you like to make your life a little easier you can just go to Natasha’s post that lists everyone’s cookies and links.

Today I am delighted to share one of my favorite holiday cookies (both to make and to eat), Chocolate Mint Sugar Cookie Drops. The recipe is by Nestlé. I started making these cookies more than twenty years ago and their biggest fan in our family is my older son, Dylan. They are so super easy and quick to make that they have become one of my three go-to cookies on the years when I’m just not into making fifteen different cookie recipes.

I used to be able to find Nestlé mint chocolate chips (combined flavors, brown chips) in the stores during the holiday season, but the last few years my search has been fruitless and so I have to get their seasonal “mint and dark chocolate chip mix” (light green and brown chips). It’s okay. The mix is good.

Nestlé mint and dark chocolate chips

I don’t think I need to go into any detail about mixing the recipe ingredients, but I will give you two helpful hints.

Number one: get a cookie scoop.

Cookie scoop is the best

The cookie scoop is one of the best inventions EVER. With the scoop in my right hand, I pack the dough into it, and then (I have clean hands, by the way: PLEASE wash your hands) I pop the dough balls out into my left hand and with heavy concentration, because I’m not nearly as ambidextrous as my mom is (fun fact!), roll them in the sugar and place them on the cookie sheet. I’m my own efficient production line. (Another fun fact: this recipe contains vegetable oil rather than butter, making it the only raw cookie dough I will not eat.)

roll the cookie ball in the sugar

Number two: If your grown kid happens to be a huge fan of the cookies, he’s probably also a fan of the mint and dark chocolate chip mix. If he has made it a habit to snack on said chip mix after dinner, you might find this in the freezer where you thought a full bag would be*:

oops

*For the record, son did go to the store and purchase another bag because he’s a good guy like that.

If that happens, you’ll probably be able to locate (under a bunch of random stuff in the freezer) a bag of Andes Crème De Menthe Baking Chips, which are available in the baking aisle all year round and actually–in your (err, MY) opinion–make prettier cookies because they’re chopped up smaller than the chocolate chips.

same dough, with Andes

Either way, the cookies are a big hit, and will make you famous (maybe). Enjoy!

Nestlé Chocolate Mint Sugar Cookie Drops

Chocolate Mint Sugar Cookie Drops
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
11 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
11 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  5. 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  6. 2 eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  8. One 10-ounce package Nestlé Toll House mint and chocolate morsels (or Andes, your choice)
Instructions
  1. In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, combine 1 cup sugar and vegetable oil; mix well.
  3. Beat in eggs and vanilla extract.
  4. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  5. Stir in Nestlé Toll House morsels.
  6. Shape into balls using rounded teaspooonfuls of dough; roll in remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
  7. Place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
  9. Cool completely on wire racks.
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  • Samantha December 20, 2016, 7:06 am

    These.look.amazing. And I just might need to run to the store to grab a bag of those chocolate chips for Jim.. I’ve never seen them! OH MY YUMMMMMM!

  • Natasha December 20, 2016, 9:36 pm

    They look so beautiful with the green pops of color! These definitely seem like a quick whip up gift for some lucky recipients! Thanks for participating in @HousefulOfCookies this year!

  • Kari Wagner Hoban December 21, 2016, 7:45 am

    I was baking cookies with my mom a few weeks ago and used a cookie scoop for the first time.
    Because apparently I live in the woods with no electricity or internet.
    Takes cookie making to a whole new level.
    Printed this recipe because I am totally making these this week,

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