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Polka Dot Cookies

I have been eying this bag of green mint chips in our grocery store for months and I finally broke down and bought a bag last week. The colors just were too much for my visual mind to resist. lol They are green mint chips and the company is Guittard. They taste like those mint melt-a-way candies that come in pink, yellow and green. How pretty are these chips???

So I made the cookies from a recipe off the back of the bag called: Polka Dot Cookies. They are DELICIOUS!!!!! If you like Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies, then these are perfect for you. They taste just like them and actually BETTER!!!!

The dough for these cookies are more like a thick cake batter, so be sure to put the dough in the fridge for 15+ minutes before dropping onto your cookie sheet and keep the dough in the fridge the whole time that you’re not using it to stay firm. The dough is also very sticky. I used a small scooper to scoop the dough up with. I also kept out some of the green mints, just a small bowl full, and put several of them on top of each cookie before baking them. I thought that since they were called Polka Dot Cookies that she should really have some dots that you could see! Be sure to try these! They were easy and are absolutely incredible!

Polka Dot Cookies:

2 cups (12 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups (12 oz.) green mint chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In top of double boiler over low heat, melt semisweet chips and butter, stirring constantly until smooth. Set aside to cool. In small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In large bowl beat eggs, sugar and vinally until light. Blend in melted chocolate then dry ingredients. Stir in green mint chips and chill for 15 minutes or until stiff. Drop by well rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes; cookies will be soft in centers but will harden as they cool.

Notes: You can also melt the semisweet chocolate chips and butter in a bowl in the microwave. Stirring often and cooking for about 30 seconds at a time until it is melted. Reserve some of the green mint chips and use them to dot the tops of each cookie before baking, if desired. I store my cookies in plastic tubs with a slice of bread. It keeps my cookies from getting hard and crunchy. We like our cookies soft and chewy here!

Here’s how they look! Just YUMMY!!!!!

God Bless!
~d

*Another note- I did keep these in plastic tubs with a slice of bread to help keep them soft.  Boy, did they ever stay soft!  They were almost like brownies they were so soft.  So, if you don’t want your cookies to be that soft, maybe just storing them in a plastic tub or zip-loc might work the best for you.  🙂

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……….pizza that is.  Here is a neat pizza reheating trick that I saw on TV awhile ago and it works wonderfully!  I thought I would share because we ordered pizza from our favorite pizza parlor last night.  It is a local business that has been around since 1953.  We have been trying to support our local-owned businesses as much as we can and I urge you to do the same.

So here’s the trick:

Heat a skillet to medium-high or about the temperature you would cook a grilled cheese sandwich at.  Place your cold pizza onto a plate and microwave around 45 seconds or until heated through.  After you skillet is good and warm,  place your microwaved pizza in the skillet and cook until the bottom crust is crisp to your liking.  It only takes a couple of minutes, so watch it so that it doesn’t burn.

This makes your day-old pizza just about as good as when you got it fresh the night before!  I’m actually having some right now for breakfast and loving it. lol  Enjoy!

God Bless,
~d

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I made some banana muffins for breakfast. We always buy bananas at the store every week. Sometimes we eat them all and sometimes I have several left over and way too ripe. I had 4 this morning that needed something done with them and I have been determined to not waste things so much, especially food! This is an AWESOME recipe. I found it at allRecipes.com and it uses 3 bananas and it has a delicious strusel topping which really adds something special to them. They were very good warm from the oven and my kids loved them! You can find the recipe here.

God Bless!
~d

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cherry pie

I made a cherry pie Saturday.  I’d been promising one for my son for weeks.  Yummy.  Here’s what I do with my leftover pie crust.  This is something that my mom always did and her mom as well.  I’m not sure how far it goes back with the moms in my family.

pie crust

Take your leftover bits of crust and put them on a cookie sheet.  Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar and put in your heated oven (whatever temp it was from baking your pie) and cook until done.  Just about 5 minutes, maybe a little more.  It doesn’t take long.  Let them cool a bit and enjoy!

pie crust

My kids love them and I do, too.  It’s hard for me to share sometimes.  This is how we always had strawberry shortcake, too.  With big pieces of flat pie crust, not those sponge shortcakes.  I can’t even eat it with those, I have to have my pie crust!  I hope you enjoy!

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