>> Monday, December 19, 2011
I bake cookies and other bars one or twice each week. So, it may be be strange for you all to learn that I'm not huge into holiday baking. I guess it's because I keep the celebration going all year. Whatever it is, there aren't many x-mas cookies in my baking repertoire.
So, when we we tasked with baking a cheery treat for this year's x-mas lights run after-party, I didn't know exactly what to make. I struggled last year as well and banged out some Fudge-Topped Chai Bars with only minutes to spare.
After much deliberation (and -- OK -- admission that we had, like, ZERO ingredients), I decided to get boozy. We've had this bottle of mint-chocolate Baileys in the fridge since before I became pregnant. It's been begging to be consumed in one way or another.
MINT-CHOCOLATE BAILEYS CHIPPERS
What you'll need . . .
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup mint chocolate Baileys
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
Method . . .
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- With your paddle attachment on high, mix together the brown sugar and oil until well incorporated. Add egg, Baileys, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- In another bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients and stir until everything is moistened.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Scoop tablespoon-sized dallops onto your cookie sheet, spacing about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes -- until golden. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
The run went great. Three miles in all, but -- no matter the distance -- I missed participating in all the events our runners club puts on. I'm looking forward to the 10K freeze series and some super cold weather running in January.
The night of the run almost marked Ada's 1 month birthday. If you want to hear her favorite Christmas song (seriously, it works WONDERS when she's crying!), head over to (never home)maker, baby!
Oh, and if you like boozy desserts, check out last year's Nightcap Fudge recipe.
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