December 2: Mint Meltaways

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Today’s cookie is brought to you by laziness. The mass quantities of eggs I bought last week have been depleted, and I wasn’t in the mood for going to the store. In order to accommodate this, I found a recipe that didn’t require eggs.

Enter Mint Meltaways.

I’ve made these for the past number of years, but generally with some strange colors. Like black or Muppet green. I decided to go simple this year and only dye the frosting. I ventured to my food coloring bag and saw that something wasn’t right.

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And then I looked closer around my kitchen.

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And then I remembered this morning when I went to cut my son’s nails that one hand of his was dyed red. I didn’t think much of it at the time (mostly because he’s 10 and…”creative”), but suddenly, everything made sense.

(Also, when I asked him about this when I picked him up, he explained that he was trying to “re-color and re-flavor” his chewing gum the day before. I told you he was creative.)

Anyway, back to the cookies.

I mixed them up in Ol’ Trusty and threw them on a cookie sheet.

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While they were baking, I mixed up my frosting. I went subtle red this year–which, by the way, is a nickname I’ve never been called.

(Think about this for a minute. It’s not funny if I have to explain it.)

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This year, I used a small star tip instead of the large, and I don’t know if it made much difference.

All of the Christmas-y goodness, without a trip the store…and an added bonus of a mystery discovered and solved!

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Peppermint Meltaways

(from tasteofhome.com)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • FROSTING:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 to 3 drops red food coloring, optional
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candies

Directions

In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in extract. Combine flour and cornstarch; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

Shape into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

In a small bowl, beat butter until fluffy. Add the confectioners’sugar, milk, extract and, if desired, food coloring; beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cookies; sprinkle with crushed candies.

Store in an airtight container.