Christmas Card Rejects

They couldn’t all make the cut for the 2008 Christmas Card, but I happen to love these too!





Oh and I need to set the record straight.  Brad is responsible for getting these priceless pics.  Right place, right time, and a pretty good eye too. 

And since many of you have asked for my (actually Amy M.’s) Andes Mint Cookie recipe, I decided to just post it here.  Let me warn you.  If you make these cookies, you will be required to make them year, after year, after year.  They are just that fabulously addictive. 



Melt together slowly (in pan):

3/4 c butter

1 1/2 c brown sugar

2 T water

1 12 oz pkg of chocolate chips

Pour into mixing bowl and add:

2 eggs

2 1/2 c flour

1 1/4 t baking soda

1/2 t salt

Mix together. Refrigerate dough for 1 hr. (Super important!)

Line cookie sheet with foil. Place dough in cookie sized balls on foil. Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes. (Gooey is good!)

Immediately after taking out of the oven, place an Andes Mint on each cookie.  Allow it to melt for a minute or so, then spread the mint over the top of each cookie with a knife.

(Another variation that’s almost as fabulously addictive is to melt Andes Mints on top of your favorite brownie recipe straight out of the oven.)

Enjoy your new holiday addiction tradition and let me know how they turn out!

19 thoughts on "Christmas Card Rejects"

  1. Stacey says:

    I love your Christmas card. Thanks for the cookie recipe I was hoping that you would post it. I just took a picture like this today and if the girls dress don’t come tomorow I had thought of using it for our card. I like the lighting in yours it is perfect.

  2. Yum! I’ll surely make those next week in time for our family Christmas party!!

    All those pictures are cute, even if not ‘just right’ for the Christmas card!

  3. Jennifer L says:

    Those cookies look so yummy. I am an Andes fan, so I’m sure I will be in heaven. Your pictures are so wonderful. Are you just that good at taking pictures, have a fabulous camera or what? Pictures from my camera would surely never come out that perfect. Your photos are always wonderful. What a gift they will be to your boys later in life!

  4. Megryansmom says:

    Oh they sound delish! Thank you for sharing the recipe. Today, I have a project that you may be interested in. Stop by and as always have a great day!

  5. Rachel says:

    I made a batch of these my DH said they were awesome 😉

  6. Margot says:

    Those sound great. I do Andes Mint chips mixed in my brownies and then bake and they are delicious too.

  7. Brandi says:

    The pictures looked great. Love the first one! I’ve made a cookie recipe like that before. My daughter loves anything with mints, so they are a hit in our home.

  8. Anonymous says:

    ooohhh- I made those last week for a cookie swap – definitely a hit! If you lose the recipe, it is on the mints chip package too- YUM!

  9. I wanna curl up under the tree with those four sweet boys. I love you.

    LOL.. you kill me!!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Brad and Jen,
    I just had to leave a comment to let ya know I was here. Great picture as always. We love you guys! Merry Christmas!

  11. Devin says:

    Whoot whoot!

    I am so making these–probably both the cookies AND the brownies–this weekend!

    Thanks Jen!

  12. Anonymous says:

    I made these cookies today. They are definitely addictive. I ate enough to make my stomach hurt.

  13. Cristi says:

    My favorite is the first one, and I certainly would not call that a reject! and I will be trying those cookies. Merry Christmas!

  14. BETTY says:

    Wow,I stumbled across your blog and your boys are adorable. I am expecting identical twin boys in May. Your blog is so cute and I love your pictures. Do you have any suggestions on any good books for twins for a good reference. I just have so many questions about this pregnancy.

  15. debi9kids says:

    OH my! Those pictures are just BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE all 3 of them.

    that recipe! OM MAMA! I am hooked and haven’t even smelled it baking! YIKES! I think i am going to gain 30 lbs this holiday….

  16. Mama Llama says:

    makinf these cookies today! Thansk for sharing and for sharing your sweeet boys too! found your blog through the steece blgo and I admit you have been added to my blog roll to follow! What a sweet family!

  17. Casey's trio says:

    Your christmas card pictures and ALL of the rejects are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe. I bake several kinds of cookies every year and am going to add this to the list this year:)

  18. Anonymous says:

    I make those cookies too and LOVE THEM!!!
    I make them also with melting little blocks of Reeses on top….MMMM!
    Your boys are precious.

  19. Lindsey says:

    Happy Holidays. I love your christmas card. What a great capture. I wanted to tell you that I made the Andes Mint cookies – one word for you YUMMY!
    Merry Christmas.
    Lindsey in San Diego

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