Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dark Chocolate Creme de Menthe Cookies

Christian's class party is Thursday, and with it comes the dreaded Teacher Present.  The homeroom mother sent home a list of items his teacher likes, and chocolate topped the list.  So I've decided to make her a basket with lots of chocolate goodies.  This works out perfectly because I, too, have a love of chocolate.  This means I can make me a basket of chocolate goodies, too.  See?  Everyone's happy.

Dark Chocolate Creme de Menthe Cookies

1 cup softened butter
2 T olive oil
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup dark chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped Andes mints

Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add in eggs and vanilla, beating well throughout.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.  Mix into butter mixture until evenly distributed.  Fold in olive oil until very well combined, then fold in dark chocolate and Andes mints.  Drop onto cookie sheet by the tablespoon, forming balls then pressing down slightly on them with the palm of your hand.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for ten minutes.  Let cool on pan for 2 minutes, then remove to rack.

These are so amazingly delicious, I may have a hard time sharing with Christian's teacher.  She'll never know the difference...

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