St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Balls

Yummy, minty, and filled with a double dose of chocolate, these cookie balls are terrific any time of year, but especially on St. Patrick’s Day!

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I apologize in advance for another recipe that includes chocolate. It’s just that it has been so darn cold here, and chocolate just seems to be one of the few things that makes everyone just a little happier. :)

Every year I try to make a few things for St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re Irish or not, it’s just plain old fun!

My St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Balls are a must for the upcoming holiday in March. The boys were ecstatic when they came home from school the other day and they saw these waiting for them.

These cookie balls have all the right stuff for this green holiday. Or at least we think they do, and I hope you agree!

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So, these are my homemade mint chocolate chips cookies I start out with. These cookies are SO good!

First, I crumble the cookies into in the bowl, sorry my bowl is a bit messy. The close up makes the crumbs look bigger than they actually are. However, I like the crumbled cookies to be a little on the chunky side.

This is completely personal preference. You can crumble the cookies as fine as you want to. :)

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Just like you do with a cake ball you will add some vanilla frosting to bind the cookie balls together.  

Then you are going to chill the balls for a while in your freezer, for about an hour, or until very firm.

After that melt your chocolate, dip, decorate, and let dry. These take a little time, but you would be surprised how fast it goes once you really get going.

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St. Patrick’s Day Cookie Balls

Yummy, minty, and filled with a double dose of chocolate, these cookie balls are terrific any time of year, but especially on St. Patrick’s Day!

Ingredients:                            SPDCB_120

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg, room temperature

1/2 cup butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons vanilla instant pudding mix (this will help keep the cookies soft)

1 cup Nestle Winter Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels, or any brand you prefer

1 container Vanilla frosting, any brand

2 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels

2 tablespoons shortening

St. Patrick’s Day sprinkles, or any other garnish, if desired

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with a silicon baking mat or use a greased cookie sheet. Set aside.

2. Mix together the brown sugar, sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add in the egg and vanilla. Continue mixing until incorporated. By hand, or with mixer slowly add the instant pudding mix, flour, salt and baking soda. Mix until combined. Stir in Dark Chocolate & Mint Morsels. Mix until chocolate chips are evenly distributed through dough.

3. Using a cookie scoop or a spoon, drop by tablespoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto prepared cookie sheets. Bake cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until golden at the edges and cookies are just barely set.   Cool for 2 minutes on sheets before moving cookies. Allow cookies to cool completely on wire racks. 

4. In a medium bowl, crumble your cookies. Crumble into pieces as large or small as you want. Stir in frosting. I used a little more than half of the container, but feel free to use the entire container.

5. Shape mixture into 1-1 1/2 inch balls. You want the balls to be approximately the same size. Place in single layer on wax paper-lined baking sheet. Cover and freeze for about 1 hour, or until frozen.

6. After cookie balls have frozen completely, melt chocolate chips. In microwave-safe bowl, combine chocolate morsels and shortening. Microwave on high for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stirring every 30 seconds. Let stand for just a bit.

7. Dip cookie balls into chocolate mixture, allowing excess chocolate to drip off. Set on wax paper-lined baking sheet. After excess chocolate has dripped off just a bit, decorate with sprinkles, or any desired garnish. Let stand about 15 minutes or until firm.

MAKES: 3-4 Dozen Cookie Balls

*If you don’t want to make cookies from scratch you can always use a mix. If you do, be sure to add about 1/2 cup of mint chocolate chips or chopped mint chocolate candy.

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