These Andes Mint cookies have the perfect pairing of chocolate, mint, and sprinkles! They are an easy, beautiful, and tasty Christmas cookie to make (and eat!) with your loved ones this Christmas!
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Have you noticed a groundswell of Christmas cheer coming early this year? I think in the negativity of the election season people just NEED something happy so Christmas it is! I’ve seen houses fully decorated, lots of Christmas trees going up, Christmas music playing, shopping happening, just lots of good Christmas emotions happening and I LIKE IT.
I really can’t blame my November celebration of Christmas on the election….I do this every year, I’m thankful for Facebook reminding me of such things. Any time after Halloween is game for starting the Christmas celebrations in my book!
So I decided to whip up a batch of one of my essential Christmas cookies… these delicious and easy Andes Mint Cookies. As I blasted my Glee Christmas playlist and coached my daughter on the finer points of rolling cookies in sugar, it was hard not to embrace the season. I sure do love this time of year!
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The base of the cookies is a fudgy and rich cookie dough, then there is the light coating of sugar, and of course the swirl of melted andes mint. These cookies are addicting! It’s hard to say no to them…so just say yes.
Andes Mint Cookies
Andes Mint Cookies
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- Andes mints
- Heat butter, sugar, and water in saucepan over low heat. Add chips and stir until partially melted. Remove from heat.
- Let stand 10 minutes to cool. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add soda, flour, and salt and stir until combined.
- Chill dough in refrigerator one hour. (<<do not skip this step, you will have regrets!)
- Roll into balls and roll in granulated sugar.
- Bake at 350 for 11-12 minutes. Remove from oven. Place Andes mint on each cookie, lightly pressing down. Wait 1 minute, then use a spoon to swirl the mint and top with sprinkles.
To make this recipe you may need…
- I’m really mulling over purchasing these baking mats this holiday baking season! They are supposed to help with even cooking and are nonstick. I’ll report back on how I like them!
- I like to make my cookies uniform using this nifty tool!
- Matching aprons for you and your tiny Christmas cookie helper! Gah! I love these sooo much!! Especially because the apron isn’t too feminine so it’s perfect for my little boy cookie helpers too!
- Christmas cookie tins for easy gifting or a Christmas themed serving tray! I love this neutral one, but this one is basically indestructible (and perfectly sized for Santa’s cookies) so probably a better fit for our family! 😆 I’m so into kitschy Christmas kitchen items! You can also check second hand stores for these kinds of things too! (Cheap + eco-friendly!)
And now to answer a few questions I get about making these cookies!
Can you freeze Andes Mint Cookies?
Yes! Another thing I love about these cookies is they freeze so well! You can make them completely and freeze them, just be sure to let them cool completely until the Andes mint is hardened. You can also do what I did and shape the chilled dough into balls and then freeze them in a container, then they are ready at a moment’s notice! And you have part of your holiday baking already finished. Win-win!
Do I really have to chill the dough?
Yes, yes you really, really do! Chilling the dough will help the cookies roll out easier and set up better in the oven! If you skip this step they get very thin and don’t have the correct texture! If I’m doing a big day of baking Christmas cookies, I almost always make this dough first and then move it to chilling in the fridge and then move on and make a different kind of cookie while it is chilling.
What other Christmas cookies should I make?
I mean, since you asked, these Chewy Walnut Treasures are my other FAVORITE Christmas cookie! So-so good! I also love Christmas M+M cookies and classic sugar cookies with icing! We always do my great-great Grandma’s recipe for sugar cookies which is basically a list of ingredients….and some aren’t even accurate! Thankfully my mom has written down her best way to make them after years and years of experience. My favorite part of making those classic sugar cookies is dipping and spreading the icing. So many fun memories making them with my brothers and sister growing up. Making those sugar cookies is probably my favorite Christmas tradition! I love carrying it on with my kids–even though things are always sticky and rarely calm! That’s mom life for you! But it is so fun to see them picking the different shapes, icy colors and sprinkles and having messy fun together. And of course I love seeing them eat their favorites!
That’s another thing I love about these Andes Mint cookies– they have fun steps that are easy for kids to participate in! Kids can roll in sugar, help unwrap Andes mints, helps swirl the melted chocolate, and of course, top with sprinkles! So these are my top cookies: Andes Mint Cookies, Chewy Walnut Treasures, M&M cookies, and my great-great grandma’s sugar cookies! Sometimes I do Mexican wedding cakes too, or Peanut Butter Blossoms–there are so many good Christmas cookies to choose from, but I hope these Andes Mint cookies make YOUR must-make list this year!!
These Andes Mint cookies are packed with fudge-y and mint-y goodness, making them the perfect Christmas cookie to bake and share with friends!! I hope your family enjoys making them as much as we do!
What is your favorite type of Christmas cookie to make?
Do you have a different favorite cookie for eating?!
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