Chocolate and Greens/Celebrating 30 Days of Cookies

 

A zillion years ago, in a far off land, I met someone who was going to have a huge impact on my life.  I was 15 and he was 16 and we were dating.  Ah, young love.  I thought he was a bad boy, but I was wrong.  I’ve always been partial to bad boys, but I made an exception in his case.  He took me over to meet his family and the angels sang.  No, not because of his family, although they were nice, but his mother was making Chocolate and Green cookies.  OMG!

The rest is Thomas history.  I married the boy, I received the recipe as part of his dowry and we have been making them every Christmas, and only at Christmas, ever since then.  There was one exception.  My favorite niece, you know the one, had to have her appendix out, and I made her a batch of Chocolate and Greens instead of bringing her flowers.  They are her favorite, what can I say, and I love her.

This is a family affair.  We make dozens and all the Gkids and that favorite niece have helped over the years.  It’s a little tighter here at the cabin, so sometimes we will make them in 2 shifts.  We make them into sandwiches, but last year I started leaving some of them open faced so we could decorate the the tops with sprinkles.  It was a fun change.  This year one of the Gkid elves had the brilliant idea to  roll the edges in sprinkles.  Amazing!

Sift together in mixer bowl:

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

Heat: 1 ½ cups brown sugar

¾ cups butter

2 tablespoons water

12 ounces chocolate chips

1 teaspoon peppermint extract

Stir to melt and blend.  I do this in the microwave; it takes about 90 seconds or so.

Beat in 2 eggs.

Add to flour mixture.  Combine until smooth.

Drop by heaping teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake approximately 8 to 10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool and frost.

Frosting

Blend:  1 cup powdered sugar

1/3 cup soft butter

½ teaspoon peppermint extract

Dash salt

Beat in:       2 cups powdered sugar

¼ cup milk

Green food coloring

*  From the Recipe Box:

Most beloved cookie in our family history.

Make cookies about walnut sized.

Best buttercream frosting recipe, always the right consistency.  I use it for anything I want to frost, just change out the extract.

Four batches of frosting will cover 6 batches of sandwich cookies.  Frosting freezes well in a baggie if you do have leftovers.

The kids have so much fun helping with these.  Our assembly line is awesome.  We laugh the whole time.  There are tasks for every age group.

For some stupid reason, we only make these at Christmas or when Hillary has her appendix out; this must stop!

and remember what Hunter S. Thompson said:  Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, “Wow, what a ride!”  Big kiss, Lynn

 

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