Friday, December 7, 2007

Minty Fresh!

I LOVE MINT! Peppermint, spearmint, you name it. People used to joke that it was because my maiden name is "Mintman." A teacher of mine even nicknamed me, "Minty." I love mints all year round but Christmas is a time when we see it most. The frosty coolness, the "ah"ness of it all! My mom even grew mint in the backyard. I remember she would snip it and add it to her iced tea.

Unfortunately, the best mint cookies in the world (Girl Scout cookies) alas are only available once a year, but they wouldn't be so special if they were available year round.

Here's my favorite Christmas cookie recipe:

2 boxes Junior Mints

1/2 cup margarine or butter

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1 tbsp baking soda

2 eggs

3-1/2 cups flour

2 eggs

Cream margarine and sugar. Add vanilla, salt and eggs. Mix well. Blend in flour. Shape into about 1" balls. Press 1 mint in center of each. Bake at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes.

One of my favorite stores, Bath and Body Works features this:

Gotta stock up now before it's gone for another year. YUM!! (Can you smell the mint yet?!)

Let's hear it for mints! YAY!!! (High-fiving my sibs!!!)


MJ's sister, Barb said...

Yeah, I know, I gotta catch up with the times and try to get a account to reply to your real blog.

As for mints, I'm there!!! I think I gained 20 pounds in Nov. when all the Christmas mint candy came out. You forgot to mention Mint M&M's, Fannie May Mint Truffles, and the Mint Nuget, chewy things Mom always got that were white and red around the outside and had the Christmas tree in the middle. (I always too busy stuffing them in my face to think to look at the name of them.)

Susan said...

And what about Starbucks Peppermint Mocha? And Peppermint Bark? Yum Yum Yum!