A “Lean” Christmas and Chocolate Mint Snow-top Cookies


Next week at this time I’ll be out of a job. Hopefully I’ll have another job before Christmas. If I don’t we may have a “lean” Christmas this year, that is a Christmas with few gifts. We may be looking at how each one of us can give gifts of love that don’t cost much if any money. My oldest daughter is already doing this. For the last couple years she’s been doing crochet projects and cross stitch projects to give as Christmas gifts. I’ve given coupon books to my children with fun things or projects we could do together. We’ve also given baked goods as Christmas gifts.

We may not have a lot to do with this Christmas, but we WILL be together. We will be celebrating Christmas as a family. We’ll play board games together. We’ll play Wii games together. We’ll laugh together. We’ll enjoy each other.

We’ll also be remembering that we’re celebrating the birthday of Jesus Christ. I don’t know how that celebration will look, perhaps we’ll have a birthday cake. I don’t know. One thing I do know is that we’ll be reading the Christmas story from the Bible. We do that every year.

Here’s the recipe of some cookies that we enjoy at Christmastime. Perhaps you’ll like them, too.

Chocolate Mint Snow-top Cookies
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 10-ounce package mint-flavored, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, divided
6 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
2 eggs
2/3 cup powdered sugar

In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In small saucepan over low heat,
melt one cup morsels. In large bowl, cream butter and granulated sugar. Beat in melted
morsels and vanilla; beat in eggs. Gradually beat in dry ingredients. Stir in remaining
morsels. Wrap in plastic wrap; freeze for 20 minutes or until firm. Shape dough into 1-
inch balls; roll in powdered sugar. Place on ungreased baking sheets.

Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until sides are set but centers
are still slightly soft. Let stand for 2 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar. Cool on wire
racks. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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