It's time to start thinking about holiday goodies, too. Each year, I try to stock the freezer with different kinds of cookie dough to have on hand for parties, gifts, guests and of course for Santa on Christmas eve. This recipe makes one of our family's favorite cookies. Technically, these are bars, but you can make them into cookies, if you want. I wanted to save some time, so I just spread all the dough onto a large baking sheet to cook all at once. If you're not a mint fan, these are equally delicious with peanut butter chips!
Ingredients (printable recipe)
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup Hershey's cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups (2 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 2/3 cups (10 oz. pkg.) Nestle winter dark chocolate and mint chips
OR Andes Baking Chips
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; set aside.
2. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate-mint chips.
3. Spray a 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 1 inch jelly roll pan. Spread batter into pan. Bake 15-20 minutes or until set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack; cut into bars.
Makes about 4 dozen bars
To make cookies instead of bars: Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-9 minutes. Do not overbake, cookies will be soft. They will puff while baking and flatten while cooling. Cool slightly and remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Makes about 54 cookies.
Adapted from Hershey's Kitchens
|Butter, sugar with eggs and vanilla|
|Adding the chips to the batter|
|Spreading the batter into the pan|
|Rich chocolate bars with fresh minty chips|
We love the combination of fresh minty chips with the rich chocolate bars!
If you want to stock your freezer, shape cookie dough into a log, wrap well with plastic wrap (I usually use two layers), label and throw in the freezer until needed. When you're ready to bake, thaw the cookie dough and spread onto your baking sheet for bars or drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet for cookies. These cookies/bars are sure to be a hit with your friends and family, too!
More Favorite Cookies and Bars
|cinnamon roll cookies|
|orange cranberry white chocolate chip cookies|
|heath bits peanut butter cookies|