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