Saturday, December 8, 2012

Chocolate Mint Pudding Cookies (for Hanukkah)

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.  And what better way to celebrate than with good friends and delicious desserts.

Pudding cookies tend to be soft and chewy, so I thought I'd experiment with a new version for Hanukkah.  I used chocolate pudding and cocoa powder to make them a richer chocolate cookie and added mint chips instead of chocolate chips.  My taste-testers enjoyed the experiment and this recipe is definitely a keeper.

Chocolate Mint Pudding Cookies (for Hanukkah)
adapted from The Capitol Baker


2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1.4 oz package instant pudding mix (I used chocolate)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups York Peppermint Patty pieces


Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Beat together the butter and both sugars until creamy.  Beat in the pudding mix, cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla.  Add in batches of the flour, baking soda, and salt and beat until combined.  Stir in the York Peppermint Patty pieces until distributed evenly.  Drop heaping teaspoons of the batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 13-14 minutes.

My batch made about 40 cookies.

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