A wee little leprechaun asked for something sweet on St. Patrick’s Day and I have the perfect treat, Mint Surprise Inside Cookies. I have a big obsession with these cookies because they are so much fun to make and even more fun to eat.
The best part about these Surprise Inside Cookies is that you can change the colors of the sprinkles on the outside and make the surprise middle layer different colors and flavors.
In honor of St. Patrick and my husband’s family the “Cassidy’s” I am making our favorite cookies and they will be wearin a bit of green. These sugar cookies are rolled in green and white nonpareils and the surprise middle layer is colored green and flavored with mint. Lot’s of fun colors and flavors in this cookie and they are sure to please the most mischievous leprechaun.
Let’s start baking so we can have a pot of Irish Breakfast Tea and a plate of cookies together.
After you make the cookie dough measure out 3/4 cup and tint green with food coloring and add mint flavoring. This dough will be the surprise middle layer.
Now the fun begins. Using a tablespoon measure out the plain dough and roll into balls. I usually get about 25 – 28 balls. Next using a teaspoon, measure out the same amount of the green/mint dough as the plain dough and roll into balls.
Flatten a large ball in your hand then put the green/mint ball inside the flattened dough and then fold up the dough and roll back into a ball. Here is the important part of making these cookies. You have to roll that just made ball into the sprinkles immediately since the butter in the dough is a bit soft, this way the sprinkles will stick to the cookie dough ball. Make sense?
Just checking, but do you have sprinkles all over your floor and countertop? There is just no stopping these nonpareils from going everywhere.
Pop the cookie dough balls into a 375-degree oven for 11-12 minutes. Meanwhile, this is a good time to brew up a pot of tea.
Mint Surprise Inside Cookies
These Mint Surprise Inside Cookies are a simple butter cookie wrapped around a minty middle layer cookie covered in green and white nonpareil sprinkles.
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/4 cup vegetable shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 2 egg, yolks
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups AP flour
- 1 tsp. Mint flavoring
- Green food coloring
- 5 oz. or more Green and White Nonpareil Sprinkles
Making and Rolling the Cookies
In a large bowl mix the butter and shortening until fluffy. Then add the sugar, baking powder and salt; mix until combined
Mix in the egg, egg yolks, and vanilla until combined, scraping sides of the bowl.
Mix in the flour until combined, forming a soft dough.
Remove 3/4 cup of the dough to a small bowl and add the mint flavoring and the green food color. Note: I just add a few drops of food color until I get the right color. Mix well to combine
Rolling the dough balls
Measure out 1 tablespoon of the plain dough and roll into 25 - 28 balls. Then measure out 1 teaspoon of the mint flavor dough and roll into the same amount of balls as the plain dough.
Flatten the plain dough ball and place a mint flavored dough ball in the center and mold the dough around it to make a round ball.
Immediately roll each ball roll in the nonpareil sprinkles and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat rolling and molding each ball.
Bake for 10 - 11 minutes at 375 degrees.
Make sure to check out my other colorful Surprise Inside Cookies:
- Red Velvet Surprise Inside Cookies for Valentine’ Day
- Surprise Inside Easter Cookies
- Firework Surprise Inside Cookies
- Surprise Inside Christmas Cookies
I know you will be needing nonpareils when you bake these cookies.
I will leave you with one of my favorite blessing ~