Sunday, February 22, 2015

minted sugar shamrock cookies



I bake these unique and sophisticated minted sugar cookies every March.

They remind me of an old-fashioned cookie . . . the kind of cookie that my grandma would've enjoyed with a cup of chamomile tea in her garden.




Although they might be a simple sugar cookie flavored with vanilla and peppermint, it's the minted sugar sprinkled on top that make them so special. Because the sugar is flavored with the oils from fresh mint leaves, it's taste is subtle and clean. The flecks of mint in the sugar are so pretty . . . and the texture of the sugar is fine, so the cookies taste delicate.

shamrock fun fact . . .
The shamrock was a sacred plant in ancient Ireland because it symbolized the rebirth of spring.


Minting sugar is a simple process of rubbing fresh mint leaves into sugar until they release their oils, naturally flavoring the sugar. This can be done easily, using an electric mixer.

It might be a little extra work, but the result is unique and quite pretty . . . making them the perfect little cookie to share with your best of friends, perhaps over a cup of chamomile or mint tea in your garden (smile).


 


Ingredients
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons (1 ½  sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 egg, room temperature
3 tablespoons heavy cream
 powder sugar (instead of flour) for rolling out dough

for minted sugar
1 cup sugar
15 fresh mint leaves

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Preparation
To make the cookies . . . 
In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt . . . set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the flat beater, beat the butter and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in the vanilla and peppermint extract and egg. Reduce the speed to low and add the flour mixture in three additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix until just combined.

Form the dough into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or as long as overnight.

Preheat an oven to 350°F.

Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. 

On a lightly floured powder sugar surface, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Using cookie cutters, cut out desired shapes. Transfer to the prepared baking sheets, spacing cookies about 2 inches apart, and bake until just golden around the edges, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the cookies. Transfer the pans to wire racks and let cool for 5 minutes, then remove the cookies from the pans and let cool completely.




 


Preparation for minted sugar
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a flat beater, combine 1 cup of sugar with the fresh mint leaves. Turn on slow speed for several minutes. The beater will rub the leaves in the sugar to release their oils; set aside until ready to use.

Remove and discard mint leaves from sugar. For quick mint leaf removal,  SIFT the sugar. 
Brush each cookie with a thin coating of cream and sprinkle with minted sugar.

33 comments:

  1. Suzanne, these cookies are so pretty - I love sugar cookies and what a wonderful idea to make them with minted sugar! Thanks for sharing your recipe - pinning! Hope you're having a happy week!

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    1. Hi Cindy, So happy you came by!
      i LOVE sugar cookies too! These minted sugar ones are so pretty . . . and special.
      I hope you get a chance to make them soon.
      Hope you're having a great week,
      Suzanne

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  2. They are so pretty! Sugar and mint...sounds so fresh and tasty, love the thought of mint cookies...
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  3. Mmmm, minted sugar sounds so good! And your cookies are so pretty too!

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  4. YUM! the minted sugar sounds so yummy. Thanks for telling us how to make it. I appreciate you sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  5. I never had a minted sugar cookie, but what a wonderful idea. I have shamrock envy, love your cutters. Thanks for bring this to foodie friday. Happy St. Patty's Day.

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  6. Sounds perfect for a Spring. They look so lovely and refreshing

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  7. Is it shamrock time already?! These look so fresh and delicious, and I'm holding onto the image of eating them in a garden (sigh) ;). I've never heard of adding to mint to sugar-what a fun idea! I always learn something new here. Hope you've had a great month o' birthdays!

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  8. Oh so pretty Suzanne, these cookies sound like heaven! I have to get in the shamrock mood!
    Jenna

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  9. These just became one of my new favorite things! I love the flavor of mint and I can almost taste the clean fresh mint taste of these yummy cookies. Pinned xo

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  10. Suzanne, thanks for sharing the recipe and details. This looks like my kind of cookie. I think I'll make these for St. Patrick's Day. '-)

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  11. Yummy, and beautifully presented as always.

    M.

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  12. They look delicious! Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

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  13. These are so beautiful! I love the minted sugar, pinning to try. Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend? :)

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  14. So cute and I love the minted sugar! Found these at Marvelous Monday at Smart Party Planning.

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  15. I just love the idea of minted sugar, how yummy and creative! As always, your recipe and photography amaze me! Hope that you are doing great!
    Cathy@ three kids and fish

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  16. Minted sugar cookies??? Now you are talking! They sound amazing :-)

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  17. Oh def inspired for St. Paddy's Day with your beautiful foodie pics of shamrock cookies! Stop on by, having a giveaway you may like!

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  18. I saw these on the Project Inspire link up. I love the idea of minted sugar on shamrock cookies. Pinning!

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  19. How wonderful Suzanne, I can imagine they taste so lovely and fresh. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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  20. Hello!! Just wanted to let you know I will be using this in a round up (posting soon) from the Teach Me Tuesday party! Very much appreciate you linking up with us ;)

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  21. These look absolutely lovely. Visiting you from Rooted in Thyme's Simple and Sweet Fridays.

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  22. I love sugar cookies and the minted sugar sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  23. Mmm! I've never had cookies with real mint before! These look yummy! Pinned for later, def. I may make a batch for spring break:)

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  24. Thank you for sharing this sweet minted deliciousness on Making Memories Mondays, what an honor to have you there! :-) Thank you Suzanne!
    Cathy

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  25. Love mint but have never had them in cookies. They remind me of my Grandmother too. Can't wait to give these a try. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. These are absolutely lovely, dainty and I'm sure delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  27. This is so lovely! I bet these would make a beautiful gift in a nice tin as well. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. So cute and I bet they are delicious! Thanks for sharing with our Thursday Blog hop!

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  29. Suzanne, these oh so sweet minty cookies have been featured on Making Memories Mondays! The party is going on now and I hope to see you there! :-)
    Cathy@ three kids and a fish

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  30. Suzanne, these oh so sweet minty cookies have been featured on Making Memories Mondays! The party is going on now and I hope to see you there! :-)
    Cathy@ three kids and a fish

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  31. These look (and sound) delicious! I've never tried minted cookies before, but I will be now! Thanks so much for sharing at Talented Tuesdays!

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