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Every year my siblings and cousins all travel to Grandma Ruth's house for a day of Christmas-cookie-baking.  Off the top of my head, I can count at least seven different varieties of cookies that we make that day.  This year I'm in Massachusetts.  Boo.  Yesterday I called my grandma and she gave me the recipe for Roger's favorite: Mint Surprise.

The recipe's really easy... it just takes a few minutes to throw together and then you have to let it chill in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before you can use it.  There's no rolling it out, so I ran into minimal issues.

Mint Surprise:

3c flour
1 tsp soda
1/2 tsp salt

Set aside.

1c shortening
1c sugar
1/2c brown sugar

2 eggs, unbeaten
1T water
1 tsp vanilla

Beat well.
Gradually add dry ingredients.
Cover and chill for 2 hours.
Enclose 1/2 mint in 1T dough.  Dip in sugar.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 375 for 10-12 minutes.

I halved this recipe and it made 24 cookies.  You have been warned.

Also, if you don't have a sifter, just use a whisk!  The dry ingredients just need to be aerated to better absorb the liquid ingredients.

I'm telling you.  They're like heaven.

And something I'm going to do when I go home is deliver some Christmas cookies to all of the office ladies who keep me sane over the summers when I'm lifeguarding :)  I usually take a couple of plates down, but this year I'm going to fill a few mason jars and pretty them up... like bigger versions of this:

Oh and remember when I had a little jar filled with candy corn this fall?  It now has the leftover Andes Candies in it.

I hope you love this recipe!  Happy baking! :)

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