Her "welcome home" consisted of me baking one of her absolute faves - chocolate chip cookies.
They're not your traditional chocolate chip cookies, mind you; these suckers are enhanced with Baileys Mint Chocolate Irish Cream. I had been looking to get rid of the numerous bottles I had stockpiled during my at-home solo karaoke sessions this past winter (embarrassing, I know), when I stumbled upon this recipe.
What also makes these cookies different is that the recipe uses cake flour, not all-purpose. This results in a puffier, more tender cookie that is slightly paler in color. And I hardly need to mention that they are so much more delicious!
Baileys Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from RecipeZaar
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Baileys Mint Chocolate Irish Cream
- 2-1/4 cups cake flour (sift before measuring)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 pkg. (6 oz.) bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 375º F.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until smooth. Add egg, vanilla and Baileys; blend well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to mixture a little at a time, until thoroughly blended. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Drop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.