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Friday, December 19, 2014

Thin Mint Cookies: Look Who's in the Kitchen, Again!

I told Tall Guy that all the posts I write about him doing work in the house have more hits than most of my other posts, well unless I decide to get stuck up to the top of my boots in poo.....

I really do have to tip my hat to my mother-in-law for teaching her children how to cook.  I'm pretty sure I have said it before, but TG does know his way around the kitchen.  Hold on to your hats, but he also can do laundry including folding if need be!  So here he is, dear readers, back in the kitchen to make his family's delicious take on Thin Mint Cookies.

This recipe is super simple and you could probably put them back in the box of Girl Scout cookies that you were supposed to save in the freezer to open at Holiday gatherings, and no one would know that you ate the originals!

Here's what you need:

I think this is why his family loves them so.  Four.Simple.Ingredients!  Back when they had the dairy, there wasn't too much free time of an evening between milking the cows and getting homework done. You can make up a lot of these minty delights in a relatively short amount of time.

We He puts all the almond bark chocolate into a double boiler and lets it melt.  We usually use his mom's, but I improvised this year.

When the chocolate is melted, he adds peppermint extract until he gets the "right taste," and then he adds "just a bit" of vegetable oil until the chocolate has the consistency he likes. Yep Readers, he's a bit cagey on the specific amounts of ingredients he uses, but I love it when he asks for help with the tasting to make sure the mint flavor is just right.  OH!  He actually prefers the peppermint oil rather than the extract, but I couldn't find it anywhere.  Maybe Watkins makes it??

So after the chocolate is just right, he takes a Ritz Cracker, pops it in the pot, turns it over with a fork and then taps the fork onto the side of the pan until most of the excess chocolate has plopped back into the pan.

They are then transferred to a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and taken to a cool place so the coating can set.

Once that is done, you can start filling up tins and empty ice cream buckets that will make great gifts for all your family and friends.  Santa LOVES this treat with a cold glass of milk on Christmas Eve. Speaking of, check out this link for a real treat on Christmas Eve.  All you need is your Christmas cookies!!!!

This has become a family tradition on our farm.  Farm kitchens, at least the old farm house kitchens, aren't always the roomiest of places, but there is always room for family in our kitchen, especially at Christmas time.

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