Friday, March 16, 2012

pinch me

My married name is Green. My husband is, as you might imagine, part Irish. He is also named Patrick. As such, he kinda thinks St. Patrick's Day is his own personal holiday. I try not not indulge in this fantasy of his, but really Valentine's Day is more for me, so it is only fair he get a special day too. Over the years he has received mini green kegs, Irish Stout beer, and even a few green good things to eat. Not vegetables, of course. That's not the sorta of green thing my carnivore hubs likes on his holiday. No, they are usually of the sweet variety.

This year my son was able to get in on the action of making daddy an irresistible Irish day treat. I whipped up these colossal cookies this afternoon with my little omnivore's help. (Of course, much like his father, he was more interested in eating the cookie dough than mixing the ingredients together.) I was inspired by a similar recipe from this blog I found on pinterest (my latest obsession). I couldn't find all the ingredients listed so I had to do a bit of improvising. Here is what I came up with - dark chocolate and mint oreo cookies dyed green.

To make you own you need:
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
1 stick of unsalted organic butter
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of baking powder
1 tsp of vanilla
1 tsp of salt
3 cups of flour
1.5 sleeves of crumbled mint oreos
1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
1-2 tsp of green food dye

Preheat the oven to 350 degree. Cream together the sugars, butter and oil. Add in the eggs til fluffy. Have your little helper crush the oreos. Stir in all the remaining ingredients. Little ones can help here too. Add dye to desired greeness. Form into balls (another step for mini chefs) and bake on greased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes. Let cool on sheet for 3 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and continue to cool for ten minutes.

They are like a sugar cookie and a thin mint had a baby. In other words, so good you might have to pinch yourself to make sure you aren't dreaming thing St. Patrick's Day!

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