Saturday, October 16, 2010
Cookie Recipe #287 - Chocolate-Mint Sticks
Okay, today I was making two recipes which both had to be refrigerated, so while both doughs were "chillin", I made the filling for this recipe. After the filling had cooled I pulled the chilled dough out to proceed, but, had pulled out the wrong dough and didn't realize until after I was finished baking. Surprisingly, they turned out pretty tasty, so the following is my recipe.
Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, 1 cup margarine or butter, softened, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, 1 egg, 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 cup cocoa. Filling: 1 1/4 cups white chocolate chips, divided, 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk, 1/4 teaspoon mint extract, food coloring (if desired), 2 teaspoons shortening.
Instructions: Mix powdered sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and egg. Stir in flour, cocoa, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Make filling: In a small saucepan combine 3/4 cup of the white chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk. Cook and stir over low heat until chocolate chips are melted. Remove from heat; cool slightly. Stir in mint extract and 2-3 drops of food coloring, if desired.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of the dough at a time into a 12x6-inch rectangle. Spread half of the filling lengthwise over half of each rectangle to within 1/2 inch of edges. Transfer filled dough rectangles to the prepared baking sheets.
Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until set. Cool on baking sheet on wire rack. Transfer to a cutting surface and cut crosswise into 3/4-inch strips.
In a small heavy saucepan melt the remaining 1/2 cup white chocolate chips and the 2 teaspoons shortening over low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. If desired, stir in a few drops of food coloring. Drizzle over cookie strips; let stand until set.
Makes about 30 strips.
"Better Homes and Gardens Biggest Book of Cookies", Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, IA, 2003.