On the heels of a blizzard at half past eight,
the Grinch burst into his lair, hours late.
He threw open the door and made such a clatter,
the slam of the door caused an ornament to shatter.
Tired and cold from a sixteen hour day,
the brightness of the holiday season was little more than grey.
Fortunately, the Grinch’s wife knew just what to do,
she kept quiet and fed the Grinch a cookie (or two).
After a hot shower, cookies, and a small glass of gin,
the Grinch’s heart finally grew three sizes again.
- 8 oz butter, melted
- 12 oz flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 oz granulated sugar
- 8 oz light brown sugar
- 1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk
- 1 oz milk
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- a few drops of green food coloring
- 1 4.6oz box of Andes Mints, chopped
- 7 oz milk chocolate chips
Melt the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over low heat or in the microwave. Set aside to cool slightly.
Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda onto a paper plate. Pour the butter into your stand mixer’s work bowl. Add the sugar and brown sugar and beat with the paddle attachment on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, whisk together the whole egg, the egg yolk, milk and vanilla extract in a measuring cup. Reduce the mixer speed and slowly add the egg mixture. Mix until thoroughly combined, about 30 seconds.
Using the paper plate as a slide, gradually integrate the dry ingredients, stopping a couple of times to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the green food coloring. Once the flour is worked in, drop the speed to “stir” and add the chocolate chips. Chill the dough for 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and place racks in the top third and bottom third of the oven.
Scoop the dough into 1 1/2-ounce portions onto parchment-lined half sheet pans, 6 cookies per sheet. Bake 2 sheets at a time for 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through. Remove from the oven, slide the parchment with the cookies onto a cooling rack and wait at least 5 minutes before devouring.
Note: A sugar cookie dough will yield a much greener cookie; I just chose to stick with the classic chocolate chip cookie dough recipe.
Christmas cheer will always be,
just as long as we have we.
But if your spirit starts to dim,
brighten it up with cookies again!