Mint & Chip Sandwich Cookies

Now that March has arrived …

Mint & chip sandwich cookies

I start thinking about green food for St. Patrick’s Day.

When I think of green dessert, the first flavor that comes to mind … is mint.

What goes with mint … chocolate of course!

I had leftover icing/frosting in the fridge … it just made sense to use it up!  Since we had Mexican for dinner … mint with chocolate was a nice way to end the meal!

These cookies are so simple to assemble … I almost felt guilty when I told the family that I “made dessert” ;)  (Please note that I said almost felt guilty)

mint & chip collage

MINT & CHIP SANDWICH COOKIES

  • 1-1/2 cups white frosting
  • Peppermint oil or peppermint extract (to taste)
  • Leaf green gel paste food coloring
  • 20 – 24 Chocolate wafer cookies (such as Nabisco Famous)
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup melted chocolate or candy melts
  • edible shamrock decorations
  • wax paper or parchment lined tray
  1. Flavor the icing with peppermint oil … the oil is very strong, start with a few drops and taste before adding more!
  2. Color the icing … start with a drop or two.
  3. Add chocolate chips to the icing and stir to combine.
  4. Take a chocolate wafer cookie … add a scoop of the icing mixture … place another wafer cookie on top … gently press down.  Chill for a few minutes.
  5. Dip 1/2 of the cookie in melted chocolate and lay on prepared tray … lay shamrock decoration on melted chocolate.  Chill for a few minutes and serve.
  6. Store cookies in an air tight container in the fridge.  Makes 10 to 12 sandwich cookies.

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Valentine Pretzels a.k.a. Heartzels

Are you surviving the cold/flu season?

The hubby and I have been passing viruses back and forth for about a month … we share everything!  The dog even got sick :(  I’m sure that this is the end of it :)

I finally ventured out of the house to do some shopping at Target … Kleenex, toilet paper, laundry soap, very exciting stuff ;)  However, I was very excited when I found these … Heartzels

Aren’t they cute?  This is the first time that I have ever seen Heartzels!

Chips were on my shopping list … but the pretzels were the highlight of my shopping trip!

This is what I made …

Valentine pretzels - Heartzels

Here is the best part … what is better than a Rolo on a pretzel?  Answer … 3 Rolos on a pretzel!!!  Yes … I said 3 Rolos ;)  Just hang in there for a moment and I will explain …

This is what you will need …

Heart pretzels

  • Heartzels
  • Mini twist pretzels
  • Mini Rolos
  • Red sanding sugar

In each bag of Heartzels (.7 oz.) were only about 9 whole heart shaped pretzels and some broken ones … so I used mini twist pretzels on the bottom of these little treats and Heartzels on the top.

Heartzel rolo pretzel

Directions …

  • Heat oven to 325°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment.
  • Lay mini twist pretzels on parchment and 3 mini Rolos on each pretzel … can you see the ♥ forming?
  • Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, top each with a Heartzel and gently press to slightly smash the Rolos, creating a little sandwich, sprinkle with red sugar immediately … chill for a few minutes or let sit at room temperature until chocolate hardens.
  • Tap off all excess red sugar … don’t forget to save the extra sugar for another project!

Update 1-25-13 … I found an alternative to Heartzels today.  These are made by Herr’s … chocolate covered pretzels!  I hope these are easier to find … Target was my source …

Herr's Valentine Treat Packs

 

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Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Today is a first … something other than a cupcake, marshmallow or some other sugar based treat.

First of all … Stephanie, I am sorry for making this sandwich without you.  After we talked about it yesterday morning … I realized that I had all the ingredients at home … I made it … ate it … and loved it.  In fact I just made another one for lunch today … and loved it again.  If you are still speaking to me … call me and I’ll make one for you!

Now that I have gotten that off my chest … let me tell you about this sandwich.

A few years ago, I was in San Francisco the day after Thanksgiving.  Boudin Bakery is known for their sourdough bread … it is soooo good.  The turkey and cranberry sandwich caught my eye … but I wasn’t so sure about the onion and lettuce.  I like turkey and cranberry together … even had it with cream cheese (also yummy). Let me just say … I was pleasantly surprised.  It was wonderful!

This is what you will need …

  • Sourdough bread (I buy Boudin at Costco)
  • Sliced turkey
  • Red onion
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Cranberry sauce
  • Mayonnaise (I like light)

I know that you probably don’t need instructions on how to make a sandwich … but I took the photos … so here it goes …

Spread cranberry sauce on one slice of bread and mayonnaise on the other …

Layer turkey and red onion on the cranberry side …

Add the lettuce …then top with other slice of bread …

Eat the whole sandwich and think about Stephanie … I hope she got lunch yesterday.

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