February Bonus Post: Love You More Cookies

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s time for our February Bonus Post, and this month we are sharing a great treat you can make for the loves of your life.  Love You More Cookies combine the sweet taste of sugar cookies with a the chocolate flavor of Kerrygold Irish  Cream.

It’s a delicious combination that will make anyone you share these cookies with loving the cookies and wanting more!  Don’t take our word for it. Ask any of the 8 teenage boys who were at our house while Rhonda was baking and they will tell you how quickly the cookies disappeared.

To make these cookies we used an old handed down sugar cookie recipe.  This is the same recipe that we use during the holidays to make Christmas cookies.  To enhance the flavor of the cookies we added an ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream to the mix.  The added Kerrygold  gives the cookies a little extra flavor.  Now that we’ve tweaked our recipe, we are forever changed!

While prepping  our holiday gift baskets, we found this Color Flood Mix at Hobby Lobby.  Rhonda had always wanted to try to make royal icing, so she decided to try this mix.  The Color Flood Mix was very easy to use, and created a professional looking iced cookie. (Some friends thought that we had purchased professional cookies for our goodie basket… just sayin’.)  We used our color flood mix again for our Love You More Cookies enhanced with 1/2 ounce of Kerrygold Irish Cream. Yummo!

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Whether you share your love with our special cookies or in another way.  Enjoy Valentine’s Day and spread a little extra cheer in someone’s day.  If you receive roses from your love this week, don’t throw out those roses when they start to fade.  We have a great cocktail recipe you can make with those withered roses!  Stay tuned.

February series:  Roses Are Red…

Rosa Spritz

You Say Tomato… We Say Bloody Mary

The Love Triangle

  

Holiday Treats Worth Their Weight in Gold

Welcome back Blind Pig Friends.  How was your Thanksgiving? The big question is did you serve the Prosecco Peas?  We know some of you considered it, but did you follow through?  We had a great time eating turkey with family in the Show Me State!  We always enjoy visiting the Midwest to see family during the holidays.  We returned with a vehicle for Blind Pig #2.  You can see more about that on Instagram.  With our tummies full of turkey and Templeton Pecan Pie our sights now turn to the Christmas holiday season.  We have lots of great ideas and recipes lined up to share with you from now until NYE.

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To kick off the season, we have a special, golden, sweet, treat for you.  This cookie recipe has been in Rhonda’s stash for years and has long been a family favorite.  These cookies easily make their way into the friends and family goody basket each season, but this year they are new and improved.  When you put these goodies on Santa’s plate, they will not disappoint!

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What makes these cookies so special?  We slipped a little extra something in the dough by adding Kerrygold Irish Cream.  We’ve shared other recipes that featured Kerrygold  before, such as, our Twisted Mississippi Mud Brownies.  We dressed these cookies in their finest glittery holiday attire to add a festive flair. Our harshest critiques, Blind Pig #2 and Blind Pig #3 got in on the action of helping with this post by taste testing the results.  Both piglets agreed that the Golden Mint Crinkles are better than the original recipe. (No Blind Piglets were harmed in the making of this post.)

To start you will need the following ingredients: flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda, sugar, brown sugar, Kerrygold butter, vanilla, Kerrygold Irish Cream, eggs, package of Dove Dark Chocolate and Mint Swirl Chocolates, and gold sugar crystals. We found gold sugar crystals in the baking aisle at Kroger.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.  In a small bowl combine flour, cocoa, and baking soda. Blend well.

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In a large bowl, beat 1 cup sugar, brown sugar, butter until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla and eggs; beat well.  Add Kerrygold Irish Cream and mix through.  Add flour mixture slowly and mix well.

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Chill the dough for about an hour.  Do not skip this step.  It is very helpful to have well chilled dough for the next step.

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Chill the dough for at least an hour

After dough has chilled and you have thoroughly washed your hands, unwrap the chocolates and place nearby in a bowl.  In order to easily prepare the cookies, make sure chocolates, cookie sheets, golden sugar crystals poured into a saucer and a tablespoon are in close proximity.  Before forming cookies, spray your hands with cooking spray.  This enables you to form the dough around the chocolates while avoiding a clumpy, sticky mess.  (We have learned this the hard way after years of making this recipe.)  Scoop a spoonful of dough and place a chocolate inside the dough.  Using your fingers, form the dough around the chocolate.  Dip the dough in the sugar crystals and place on a cookie sheet.  Continue until 12 cookies have been placed on the sheet.  (We place our dough back in the fridge in between filling the trays.)

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Ready for the oven

Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes.  You do not want the cookies to be  over baked.  It is better to pull them from the oven looking a little under baked. You want the cookies to have a slightly crinkled or cracked look.  Leave the cookies on the cookie sheet for 2-3 minutes after removing from the oven to continue the baking process.  Next remove cookies from sheet and place on parchment paper to continue to cool.

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Cookies will be slightly cracked

The yummy creaminess of the Kerrygold Irish Cream complements the chocolate cookie, and who can resist the melted minty goodness surprise on the inside?

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These treats will delight family and friends throughout the holiday season, and have them begging for the recipe.  Golden Mint Crinkles are a hit at cookie exchanges.  If you are a lucky recipient of a Blind Pig Holiday Goody Basket, you may be receiving some of these goldies.

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Try out the Golden Mint Crinkles.  We would love to hear what you think!

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