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Andes Mint Cookies

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I was the kid who shook the Christmas presents. The suspense of not knowing what lie beneath the shiny paper tantalized me beyond self-control. Since Andes Mint Cookies are best eaten not shaken, I’ll spill: Andes Mint candies are the surprise hiding inside these super soft, fluffy sugar cookies.

Andes Mint Cookies

I’m generally terrible at surprises (reference: Cinnamon Swirl Bread.) I become so giddy with the thought of my perfectly executed surprise, I open my mouth and the surprise spills out of its own free will. Fortunately for us, even though I divulged that I wrapped Andes mint candies inside sugar cookie paper, no amount of revelation could ruin their magic.

Andes Mint Cookies

I have baked some version of Andes Mint Cookies every Christmas for the past three years, and each year, their delightfulness surprises me anew. Today’s recipe for Andes Mint Cookies is my best yet, and I’m bursting to share it with you!

I took the softest, fluffiest sugar cookie dough and wrapped it around one of my all-time favorite holiday treats, Andes mints. As the cookies bake, the tender sugar cookie dough absorbs the flavor of the Andes mints, so every bite struts chocolate-minty goodness. Andes Mint Cookies taste like Christmas. Yes, I totally just typed that. Yes, they totally do.

Andes Mint Cookies

Part of my super-soft sugar cookie secret: Greek yogurt (or sub an equal amount of sour cream.) This ingredient adds moisture to the dough, makes the cookies tender, and adds a bit of tang of off set the sweetness. Plus if you use Greek yogurt, you’ll sneak a bit of extra protein into the cookies too.

Every Christmas present needs a bow, so I gussied up our Andes Mint Cookies with Perfect Icing. Super glossy, easy to make, and subtly flavored, Perfect Icing is my favorite recipe to frost cut-out cookies and sugar cookies of all kinds. It sets to a flawless shine without becoming hard or brittle, has actual flavor (versus other recipes which I find taste like nothing but powdered sugar), and gives our Andes Mint Cookies the final touch of sweetness they need to taste juuuuust right. Goldilocks would approve. So would Santa.

Andes Mint Cookies

Andes Mint Cookies are a sweet candy gift, wrapped in fluffy sugar cookie paper. This is the complete Christmas cookie package!

Andes Mint Stuffed Cookies

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 55 minutes

Yield: 16 cookies

Andes Mint Stuffed Cookies

Andes Mint candies are stuffed inside a soft, super fluffy sugar cookie dough, then topped with light icing. Every bite bursts with chocolate-mint flavor. This recipe is destined to become one of your Christmas cookie favorites!

Ingredients

    Cookies
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt or sour cream, at room temperature
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 and 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 unwrapped Andes mint candies
  • Perfect Icing
  • 1/2 Recipe for Perfect Icing

Directions

  1. In large mixing bowl, beat together granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the Greek yogurt, egg, and vanilla, just until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt. Slow beat into the butter-sugar mixture until fully combined. Let chill for 1 hour or up to 48 hours.
  2. Place rack in the center of oven and preheat 400 degrees F. Unwrap Andes mints. For each cookie, scoop 1 tablespoon of dough, flatten it slightly, then form it around mint so that the mint is fully enclosed in a dough “package.” The dough will feel sticky, so wet your fingers a little as needed to help with shaping the dough. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 9 to 10 minutes, until light brown (cookies will appear underdone). Let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute, then remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.
  3. For the Perfect Icing: Follow the directions for Perfect Icing. If multiple colors of icing are desired, transfer undyed icing to different bowls (1 bowl for each color). Stir in food coloring a few drops at a time, until the desired color intensity is reached. Dip cookies in icing or drizzle with the tines of a fork. Decorate with sprinkles as desired, then allow icing to set.

Notes

Store leftover Andes Mint Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, separating any layers with wax paper.

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Author: Erin Clarke

I'm Erin, and I'm on a mission to cook everything that's tasty, {mostly} healthy, and budget-friendly—all while Mr. Right is in the library. I'm convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can't wait to share them with you!

48 Comments

  1. Cookies that taste like Christmas…please send me some! THose look and sound amazing girl!!! And I love that you got some yogurt into your dough…now those cookies are healthy too ;-) wink, wink!!!

  2. Erin – these sugar cookies are brilliant! Love how you subbed in some greek yogurt instead of using ALL the butter! And Andes Mints…yum! I just made some Andes mint flour-less cookies last week – but yours are so much prettier – not to compare or anything..:)
    Love love love these – only one way for me to confirm the flavor and taste of that icing and that is for you to send me some of these cookies – STAT!

  3. They look colourful and festive. I love the mint candy filling.

  4. I will take one dozen thank you very much! Lovely!

  5. I’m definitely an Andes mint girl myself – these are wonderful!

  6. The frosting, the sprinkles, the Andes mints; these are amazing Erin! P.S. Just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. You don’t have to participate, but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your posts and recipes!

  7. I love when there is a secret candy or filling inside sweet treats like these! Andes really are the best. These cookies look so festive and perfect for the holidays!

  8. Can’t go wrong with cookies that taste like Christmas! Love Andes mints!

  9. If you ever need help taking bites of cookies for photos, you just let me know ;)

    • HOW did you know??? I think I bit about 5 of them before I got one that didn’t look completely unappetizing (or like it had been devoured by a shark). Oh the difficulties we endure as bloggers :-p

  10. LOVE me some Andes mints!! These are so fabulous — like a cookie and present COMBINED!!

  11. SO wish I had one of these right now! I adore Andes mints, and these are beautiful! Posting this on my FB page tonight. :)

  12. Your sugar cookie recipe is brilliant! Never would have thought about adding in sour cream.

  13. Love the surprise inside, these look so fun! And the greek yogurt addition is genius,

  14. oops I submitted my comment before I was done with it
    Anyway, I adoooore these, and the sprinkles on top are brilliant ;)

  15. I don’t think we can get Andes candy here in Australia but that won’t stop me making these gorgeous cookies!! Is it just minty chocolate? I’ll hunt for a substitute. Thanks Erin, gorgeous post as always!!! x

  16. I adore Andes mints!! I ate at Olive Garden the other week and I not so smoothly mentioned to the waiter how much I love them and he brought me back a handful. I was one happy girl. Add them to a cookie? I die of happy!

  17. I love any sort of stuffed cookie and these look so festive and delicious!

  18. A cookie that tastes like Christmas is just perfect!! I love Andes and the surprise inside is making me very happy thinking of it.

  19. Yum, Andes mints are one of my all time favorites! Pinning these babies for later!

  20. I stink at surprises, too. I have nearly told Alex what I got him for Christmas 97 times now and it just arrived in the mail the other day. Oops.

  21. Oh I wish I saw these before my cookies post : ) THey look AWESOME!

  22. Erin – I can’t resist anything that involves Andes mints! I love that they are a hidden surprise in these pretty cookies. (I was always a gift-shaker too – who can resist!)

  23. I can’t get enough Andes Mints! If you have any extra cookies, send them my way!

  24. Totally dying over the little surprise inside Erin! I have a huge fan of Andes mints. And the pretty frosting. These are the perfect Christmas cookie!

    PS: I shook the presents too. ;)

    • Thanks so much Sally! Andes mints and frostings are two of my Chistmas favorites too. We better eat extra, just to ensure that we are taking full advantage of the season :)
      PS. I may or may not still shake the presents from time to time…

  25. Ahhhh I LOVE anything Andes mint! Especially cookies. :) These need to be in my life.

  26. I LOVE that you sandwiched an Andes mint in between these cookies. I’ve been a HUGE fan of Andes since I was young. My mom would buy them and it’d be a total treat when we were being good kids :) hehe

  27. I love the mint inside! looks very yummy

  28. andes mints forever remind me of christmas because my 5th grade teacher used them as part of her christmas celebration in class and it was a BIG deal when you got the andes mint that day. these look great!

  29. good idea–they look yummy!

  30. Hi Erin! What a great idea! We all need to add an element of surprise to our holiday cookie platters I think! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Andes mints are the best! I’ll be emailing you my address for a box of these :)

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  36. These cookies look wonderful Erin! I’ve been looking for a soft fluffy cookie but and found yours stuffed with Andes mints which sounds perfect :) Thanks so much for sharing, they look so pretty and festive with the icing and sprinkles – pinning :)

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