Minty Middle Treasures

Mint filling and almond frosting add a twist to these wonderful cookies - perfect dessert to treat a crowd.

  • Prep Time 45 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 24

Cookies

1/2
cup granulated sugar
1/4
cup packed brown sugar
1/4
cup shortening
1/4
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2
teaspoon vanilla
1 2/3
cups all-purpose flour
1/2
teaspoon baking soda
1/4
teaspoon salt
About 2 dozen foil-wrapped thin rectangular chocolate mints, unwrapped

Almond Frosting

1
cup powdered sugar
1
tablespoon plus 1 to 2 teaspoons milk
1/4
teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
Betty Crocker™ gel food color, if desired
Betty Crocker™ candy sprinkles
1
egg

  • 1 Heat oven to 400°F. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, brown sugar, shortening, butter, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt.
  • 2 Shape about 1 tablespoon dough around each mint. On ungreased cookie sheet, place cookies about 2 inches apart.
  • 3 Bake 9 to 10 minutes or until light brown. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4 In small bowl, mix 1 cup powdered sugar, the milk, almond extract and a few drops of food color with spoon until thick enough to coat. Dip tops of cookies into frosting; sprinkle with candy sprinkles.

Expert Tips

Call it a Sweets Swap or a Cookie Exchange; you'll get the same great results--and lighten your baking load, too. Why not start this tradition of sharing with your friends this year? Here's how: • Send out invitations a month in advance. Think about limiting your group to fewer than twelve to make managing the event easier. You may want to mail labels for the sweets along with the invitations. • Ask guests to bring their sweets on paper or plastic plates or in nonreturnable containers and covered with clear plastic wrap so the goodies are easily seen. Each person needs to bring enough treats to share and sample. • Everyone will want the recipes, so have guests bring a copy; e-mail the recipes or print them out on the computer. • As host, you will need to provide the space for guests and their treats. Be sure you have lots of piping-hot coffee and tea to go with the cookie samples.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
140
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2 1/2g,
2 1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
15mg
15%;
Sodium
70mg
70%;
Total Carbohydrate
21g
21%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
  Sugars
14g
14%
),
Protein
2g
2%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
4%;
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.