#COOKING: ANDES COOKIES RECIPE
Andes Cookies. Occasionally I get asked, what is an Andes? If you grew-up in the ’80s, you might remember these Crème de Menthe Chocolate Thins with three layers: two of which are milk chocolate and the center, a creamy mint filling. They are wrapped in a shimmery green slip and if you’ve ever been to an Olive Garden, they serve a similar one to you after your meal when you pay your bill. While I was at Target last month, I was delighted to see Andes Mint Chips in the baking section and had to grab a bag. I envisioned making big mounds of chunky cookies crammed with the Mint Chips but also stuffing them each with a larger Mint Thin. I’ve always been of the mindset that it’s better to make one jumbo cookie to save me from having to eat two or three!
If you notice, my cookie recipes don’t contain a lot of sugar. That’s because the Mint Chips and Thin Mints have more than enough in them already. These came out wonderful and will bring these back out again next Holiday!
2 cups flour
10 oz Andes
Mint Baking Chips
Chocolate Thin Mints
1/4 cup organic raw sugar
1/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/3 cup whole milk at room temperature
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsps organic vanilla extract
1 tsp freeze-dried coffee
1/2 tsp sea salt
1. In large bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder and soda, plus coffee and Mint Chips.
2. In another large bowl, cream butter, vanilla and sugar. Add-in milk, ensuring it is room temperature and beat till blended.
3. Add dry mixture to wet mixture, mixing till just combined, into a dough.
4. On a lined tray, roll dough into 10 separate balls. On each ball, gently press-in one Thin Mint. Freeze for about an hour. This part is imperative as the chocolates will melt and the cookies will spread too much if you don’t freeze them!
5. Pre-heat oven at 350°F.
6. Bake about 12 minutes. These are meant to be a tad underdone, so best not to over-bake.
7. Transfer to cooling rack for 45 minutes and store in air-tight container. Will store for about 3 days. Freeze if not eating right away.
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)