Grinch Cookies | Fluffy green sugar cookies made “Grinchy” with pieces of Andes candies and chocolate chips
Peter and I took the day off work today. Before you start thinking about how nice it must have been to take a random vacation day during the week, let me tell you why we took the day off. We were touring daycares. And oh my goodness, was it ever exhausting.
Little Baby Nielsen’s due date is quickly approaching (I’m due on March 2, which may seem like a long time away yet, oh em gee, it seriously isn’t), and we wanted to make sure to get a jump start on reserving a spot in daycare since I have yet to convince Peter that I’d make the perfect stay-at-home wife and mother.
So we spent our entire morning touring daycares and going over our finances and realizing that daycare is HOLY CRAP EXPENSIVE WHY IS IT SO EXPENSIVE HOW DO THEY EXPECT US TO HAVE ANY MONEY LEFT OVER FOR FOOD. But we have it narrowed down to a couple of choices, and we’ll be ready to make a commitment to one once we get some things figured out with our work situations.
In the afternoon, we met up with a respiratory therapist that I used to work with who dabbles in photography to take our maternity/Christmas pictures.
We did our pictures outside. In Wisconsin. In December. Oh and did I mention it was around 20 degrees yesterday? With a windchill that made it feel approximately -42?
Yes, it was my idea. Yes, it was horrible. And yes, Peter more or less hated my guts the entire time.
But Theresa takes beautiful pictures, and I can’t wait to see how ours turn out.
After completely freezing our asses off for most of the afternoon, we came home and cuddled up on the couch for the rest of the night. To get ourselves in the Christmas spirit (Is it seriously only a couple weeks away? Jesus I really need to get on top of my present-wrapping), we watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (not the cartoon version; the Jim Carrey version).
We love this movie. We watch it even when it’s not Christmastime. It’s the only movie that Jim Carrey’s done where his overacting doesn’t bother the bajeezus out of me. And it’s got so many great lines in it that Peter and I quote to each other all year long.
Watching the movie got me thinking about the other kind of cookies I had made for our Festivus party last weekend. I call them Grinch cookies because, well, just look at them! They’re bright green!
These cookies have a fluffy sugar cookie base but are made more Christmasy with green food coloring, peppermint extract, chocolate chips, and Andes candies. I sent some leftovers to work with Peter this week, and according to his coworkers, they taste like Grasshoppers, only better. And I couldn’t agree with that assessment more!
Servings: About 60 cookies (5 dozen)
- 4 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp green food coloring
- 2 tsp peppermint extract
- 1 cup Andes Creme de Menthe baking chips
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- In a medium sized bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Using a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream together butter and sugar on medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well. Mix in vegetable oil, then powdered sugar and vanilla. Reduce speed to low and beat in flour mixture, 1/2 cup at a time. Beat in green food coloring, then peppermint extract. Fold in Andes baking chips and chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for at least 30 minutes (up to 24 hours)
- Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper or baking mats. Drop cookie dough in heaping tablespoonfuls (or use an ice cream scooper) onto the baking sheets. Bake for 11-13 minutes.
- Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
Inspired by: Hill Country Happenings