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Starlight Mint Surprise Cookies

12 to 18 oz mint flavored chocolate chips

3 C flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda

1 C shortening
1 C sugar
1/2 C brown sugar
2 unbeaten eggs
2 T water
1 tsp vanilla

Melt mint flavored chocolate chips in a double boiler. While hot,
drop with the point of a teaspoon onto waxed paper and then chill,
to make flat chocolate mints for the cookies. They should be
slightly smaller than your cookie cutter.

Sift flour, salt, and soda and set aside. Cream shortening, sugars,
eggs, water and vanilla.

Mix dry ingredients into creamed ingredients. Chill for 2 hours
or more (can be in fridge overnight). Divide dough into fourths,
and roll out one-fourth at a time. Cut with your favorite cutter,
or a round cutter. Place 1/2 of cut outs on lightly greased cookie
sheet; top with a flat mint wafer, and put another cut out on top,
completely enclosing the mint. Top with a pecan or walnut half,
or leave plain to frost later. Bake in moderate oven (375 or a
little less) for 10-12 minutes.

I put a dollop of light green mint frosting on top the baked cookie.
You can also sprinkle some decorate sugar on top before baking.

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Always use store bought mints...., February 25, 2006 - 04:09 PM
Reviewer: Angela from Cambridge, Mn.
Always use the store bought chocolate mints..Ghiradelli or other brands are also available in kitchen stores as Maid of Scandanavia or on line. Roll the dought around each mint instead or cutting them out. These are a holiday favorite my family has enjoyed for years, ship well and hostess love to recieve them as gifts.

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Love Mint Surprise Cookies, January 14, 2005 - 05:06 PM
Reviewer: Anonymous from Cleveland, OH USA
We use Ghradelli mint wafers now for this recipe. It's a Christmas favorite at my house!

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