January 29, 2015

Recipe: Surprise Package Cookies

Surprise Package CookiesI have a weakness for holiday cookies. It’s one of the great joys of the holiday season, and probably one of the major reasons why I’m also big on January resolutions.
This fun cookie recipe for Surprise Package Cookies from the Taste of Home cookbook has a fun surprise on the inside — a chocolate mint candy!
I love cookie recipes with a twist and this is definitely a fun tweak to your standard sugar cookie. I’ll probably be adding these to my holiday cookie menu this year. I think it would be so fun to serve these to my kids without letting them in on the surprise first!

Yield: 3-½ dozen
Prep: 25 min.
Bake: 10 min./batch

Each of these buttery cookies has a chocolate mint candy inside,” says Lorraine Meyer of Bend, Oregon. “They’re my very favorite cookie and are always part of our Christmas cookie trays.
— Lorraine Meyer, Bend, Oregon


1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
65 mint Andes candies

1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.

2. With floured hands, shape a tablespoonful of dough around 42 candies, forming rectangular cookies. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.

3. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. In a microwave or saucepan, melt the remaining candies; drizzle over cookies.

About Taste of Home
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About Rachel

Rachel knows what it is like to be busy and worry about balancing everything without losing your sanity. As a homeschooling mom of 6 incredibly different kids, including newborn twins (and one tiny angel who passed away at birth), she's just about seen it all . . . when she isn't too sleep deprived to notice.

Rachel holds a B.A. in English and is a former teacher. She is the creator of Busy Mommy Media and works as a freelance writer from home.

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