One of the many things that I miss about being an elementary school teacher is the ability to bring creativity into classroom. With any holiday, birthday, or if the wind blew north, I would find a way to incorporate food and crafts into the lessons. During the latter part of my time in the classroom, I had many active parents who would support my love of creativity by bringing in the necessary materials and putting all hands on deck to make it happen for the students.
So it didn't surprise me that when I saw the Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie post on one of my favorite blogs, My Thirty Spot, my brain went into high gear on how I could somehow treat my staff to such a St. Patrick's day treat.
St. Patrick's Day isn't celebrated in the UAE but I think the "western" teachers would get a huge kick out of a St. Patty's Day, school appropriate, surprise. They'd probably prefer a traditional Irish delight but yeah, I can't bring that.
Below is a recipe found via FoxNews; created and developed by Laura Lilling:
- 1/2 Cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 2 Cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 Cup Creme de menthe
- 50 Chocolate or mint chocolate wafer cookies
- 12 Ounces semi-sweet chocolate, oughly chopped
- Green sprinkles (optional)
Line a baking sheet with wax paper and set aside.
Prepare mint butter cream filling. Beat butter in an electric mixer on high speed until light and creamy. Add powdered sugar and Creme de menthe and mix on low until incorporated. Increase speed to high and mix until filling is light and fluffy.
Put together sandwiches. Spread 1 tablespoon of filling onto bottom side of half of the cookies. Press remaining cookies down onto butter cream to make sandwiches. Place cookie sandwiches on prepared baking sheets and put into freezer for an hour.
Once cookies have chilled, melt chocolate for dipping. Place chocolate in a microwavable bowl and microwave in 30-second increments stirring in between until chocolate is completely melted. Dip half of each cookie sandwich into chocolate and cover with sprinkles if desired.
Store cookie sandwiches in refrigerator and serve at room temperature.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/recipe/st-patricks-day-mint-chocolate-cookie-sandwiches#ixzz2MqbSuYFr
Original Story posted here. Key recipe/photo credit - Lauren Lilling
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