Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Brown-Eyed Susans

Not the flower, those are Black-Eyed Susans.  These are cookies.  The all-around, hands-down Sassy Family favorite.

If you are inclined to get your kids in on some cookie baking, this is the time to do it.  My 12 year old son is an expert 'ball-roller' and my 7, 5 and 3 year olds seem to have a knack for pressing in the mint wafers.  Maybe it's their little fingers.  Whatever the reason, we can really crank out a whole bunch of these cookies in no time flat.

Mint wafers.  NOT kisses, not rum wafers.  They must be mint.  They are round, flat discs of dark chocolate with mint flavor. Not all stores carry them, and not all year round, but I can always find them at Christmas time.  I snatch up a bunch of packages early in the season because there have been years where my store runs out and those fools do not re-stock them, for some odd reason.  Do they not know the needs of the people?  Just kidding, I love my local stores.  They just need to keep a stock of mint wafers in the back for my baking pleasure.  Anyway, look for them, in a bag, in the section where you find baking stuff - they hang by the nuts and other baking supplies.  Gurley's is my brand.

I need 10 dozen of these babies for a cookie exchange on Friday night, plus about 8 million more for my cookie monsters.  The following recipe makes 3 1/2 to 4 dozen.

Brown-Eyed Susans

3/4 cups soft butter (1 and 1/2 sticks)
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups flour (all purpose, unbleached)
mint wafers (50 for good measure, there will be snacking)

Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and vanilla, cream.  Add salt and flour, blend to combine.  Chill, covered, for 2 hours in the refrigerator.  Roll dough into small balls, about walnut size.  Press a mint wafer into the top of each, enough to "stay put" but not enough to crack and spread the dough.  Bake at 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes, until just barely golden at the edges.  Use parchment paper, it's always a good idea.  Remove to wire rack and cool until the chocolate is set - this takes a couple hours (or put them on your wintry deck for quick chilling).



6 comments:

  1. YUMMY!!!! wow they look so good!

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  2. So, I've never seen a mint wafer here in the south. Can I sub mint truffle kisses? I think I shall and report back. :)
    ♥ Gwen

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  3. Gwen - kisses work great, but sometimes the top gets a little "hard" from the 400 temp. Maybe lower the temp? Trader Joe's has Dark Chocolate Mint UFO's that are a good sub.

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  4. The mint kisses were yummy! The creamy 'truffle' minty centers turned just a bit crisp after baking, but it was a nice contrast to the soft chocolate. We likey!

    Gwen

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  5. we make these with the old Brach's chocolate stars and call them peanut butter blossoms. I thought very seriously about making them with the new chocolate mint kisses this year. Now I sort of wish I had

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