Recipe: Grasshopper cookies

Published: Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 4D

Grasshopper cookies

Prep time: 25 minutes, plus 2 hours chill time

Cook time: 12 minutes per batch

Makes 3 dozen cookies

Grasshopper pie – a cookie crumb pie crust filled with mint chocolate chip ice cream and topped with fudge – inspired this recipe from Alison Ladman of the Associated Press.

INGREDIENTS

1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 ounces bittersweet chocolate bits

1/2 cup unsalted butter

4 eggs

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons peppermint extract, divided

One 4.67-ounce box Andes Creme de Menthe Thins candies, cut into chunks

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tablespoon milk or cream

2 tablespoons green sugar or sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

In a large, microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate and butter. Heat on high for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds, until smooth and completely melted. Whisk in the eggs, one at a time, then the brown and granulated sugars. Add 1 teaspoon of the peppermint extract.

Stir in the flour mixture, then the chocolate mint candies. Refrigerate dough until completely chilled, about 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.

Scoop the cookie dough by the tablespoonful onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between for spreading. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until set up. Cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a rack to cool completely.

In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, milk or cream, and the remaining 1 teaspoon peppermint extract. Additional milk or cream can be added if the mixture is too thick to drizzle. Drizzle the icing over the surface of the cookies and immediately sprinkle with green sugar or sprinkles.

Allow the icing to harden before storing in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper.

Per cookie: 150 calories; 60 calories from fat (40 percent of total calories); 7 g fat (5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 30 mg cholesterol; 22 g carbohydrate; 2 g protein; 1 g fiber; 55 mg sodium.

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