After making Chinese lanterns with Annalyn for our Chinese New Year (and Superbowl) party, I’ve realized that I should do more holiday crafts with her. Much as I wish being a crafty, domestic mom came easily for me, it doesn’t. But my little girl loves working on “projects” with me.

(And thanks to my parents’ tendency to give the child gifts for every holiday, large and small, she also loves holidays. You may not be surprised to learn this presented a minor problem when President’s Day came and went without a gift bag.)

Anyway, when I started seeing green crafts and foods on the handful of crafty-type blogs I read, I began thinking perhaps I’d start this holiday craft business with St. Patrick’s Day. In other words, “find something to do for St. Patrick’s Day” has been on my to-do list for three weeks.

Thankfully, I stumbled across a recipe for green, minty chocolate chip cookies on the Betty Crocker Flickr stream. Annalyn loved turning the cookies green, and we both loved munching on a treat that tastes like Andes mints. (Seriously. YUM.)

St. Patrick's Day snack

“Irish” Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 pouch Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
green food coloring
1 egg
1 cup creme de menthe baking chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the cookie mix, butter, egg, extract and food coloring. (I think we added about 10-12 drops of the food coloring. I lost count when Little Miss YouKnowWho took her turn with the dropper.) Stir in the chips. Spoon dough onto cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes. Yields four dozen cookies.

We bagged up three-fourths of the cookies for friends and devoured the other dozen in about a day! And just look at that face. I’m pretty sure our holiday “project” was a hit!

Do you celebrate all the holidays, large and small? Will you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this week? And what about mint chocolate chip – good idea or no? (Mark doesn’t like mint, so Annalyn and I had the cookies all to ourselves!)

This post will be linked to Mouthwatering Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesdays at the Table, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, 33 Shades of Green, Foodie Friday, Friday Firsts, Sweet Tooth Friday and Food on Fridays. It will also be linked to Ingredient Spotlight at Eat at Home Cooks.

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