I was the kid who shook the Christmas presents. The suspense of not knowing what lie beneath the shiny paper tantalized me beyond self-control. Since Andes Mint Stuffed Cookies are best eaten not shaken, I’ll spill: Andes Mint candies are the surprise hiding inside these super soft, fluffy sugar cookies!

Andes Mint Cookies. Fluffy sugar cookies stuffed with Andes mints.

I’m generally terrible at surprises (reference: Cinnamon Swirl Bread.) I become so giddy with the thought of my perfectly executed surprise, I open my mouth and the surprise spills out of its own free will. Fortunately for us, even though I divulged that I wrapped Andes mint candies inside sugar cookie paper, no amount of revelation could ruin their magic.

Andes Mint Cookies. Soft and fluffy sugar cookies, stuffed with creamy Andes Mint candies. The perfect Christmas cookie recipe for your cookie exchange. Everyone will love the surprise bite of chocolate mint!

Andes Mint Cookies

Andes Mint Stuffed Cookies – Make Your Christmas Cookie Tray Sparkle

I have baked these Christmas cookies with Andes Mints inside every holiday for the past three years, and each year, their yumminess surprises me anew. I can’t wait for you to try the recipe!

Imagine the softest, fluffiest sugar cookie dough and wrapped around one of my the holiday’s most iconic treats, Andes Mint candies. As the cookies bake, the tender sugar cookie dough absorbs the flavor of the Andes mints, so every bite struts that chocolate-minty goodness.

Andes Mint Stuffed Cookies taste like Christmas.  <—Yes, I totally just typed that. And yes, they totally do.

Andes Mint Cookies

These surprise cookies with Andes Mints are the fancy cousin of my classic Andes Mint Cookies, which contain chopped Andes Mints (or Andes Creme de Menthe Baking Pieces), versus these mint Christmas cookies which leave the Andes Mints intact. These Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies are another tasty Christmas cookie option for you chocolate mint lovers.

If you want the total presentation and  surprise, however, today’s recipe for Christmas cookies with Andes Mints are hard to beat.

To make the cookies super duper soft, I added Greek yogurt, which adds moisture to the dough, makes the cookies tender, and adds a bit of tang to off set the sweetness. You can swap sour cream if you prefer, but I love reminding myself that Greek yogurt is healthy when I’m reaching for my third cookie?.

Every Christmas present needs a bow, so I gussied up our Andes Mint Cookies with Perfect Icing. Super glossy, easy to make, and subtly flavored, Perfect Icing is my favorite recipe to frost cut-out cookies and sugar cookies of all kinds. It sets to a flawless shine without becoming hard or brittle, has actual flavor (versus other recipes which I find taste like nothing but powdered sugar), and gives our Andes Mint Stuffed Cookies the final touch of sweetness they need to taste juuuuust right. Goldilocks would approve. So would Santa.

Andes Mint Cookies

Andes Mint Stuffed Cookies are a sweet candy gift, wrapped in fluffy sugar cookie paper. This is the complete Christmas cookie package!

Andes Mint Cookies. Fluffy sugar cookies stuffed with Andes mints.

Andes Mint Cookies

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Andes Mint candies are stuffed inside a soft, super fluffy sugar cookie dough, then topped with light icing. Every bite bursts with chocolate-mint flavor. This recipe is destined to become one of your Christmas cookie favorites!

Prep: 45 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 1 hr 55 mins

Servings: 16 cookies

Ingredients
  

For the Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt or sour cream at room temperature
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 16 unwrapped Andes mint candies

For the Perfect Icing:


Instructions
 

  • In large mixing bowl, beat together granulated sugar, brown sugar, and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the Greek yogurt, egg, and vanilla, just until combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt. Slow beat into the butter-sugar mixture until fully combined. Let chill for 1 hour or up to 48 hours.
  • Place rack in the center of oven and preheat 400 degrees F. Unwrap Andes mints. For each cookie, scoop 1 tablespoon of dough, flatten it slightly, then form it around mint so that the mint is fully enclosed in a dough “package.” The dough will feel sticky, so wet your fingers a little as needed to help with shaping the dough. Place cookies 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake 9 to 10 minutes, until light brown (cookies will appear underdone). Let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute, then remove cookies to wire rack to cool completely, at least 30 minutes.
  • For the Perfect Icing: Follow the directions for Perfect Icing. If multiple colors of icing are desired, transfer undyed icing to different bowls (1 bowl for each color). Stir in food coloring a few drops at a time, until the desired color intensity is reached. Dip cookies in icing or drizzle with the tines of a fork. Decorate with sprinkles as desired, then allow icing to set.

Notes

Store leftover Andes Mint Cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, separating any layers with wax paper.

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  1. Erin – I can’t resist anything that involves Andes mints! I love that they are a hidden surprise in these pretty cookies. (I was always a gift-shaker too – who can resist!)

    1. You get me Jess! I try to resist shaking the presents now that I’m a “grown up”, but they still tempt me every time.

  2. Totally dying over the little surprise inside Erin! I have a huge fan of Andes mints. And the pretty frosting. These are the perfect Christmas cookie!

    PS: I shook the presents too. ;)

    1. Thanks so much Sally! Andes mints and frostings are two of my Chistmas favorites too. We better eat extra, just to ensure that we are taking full advantage of the season :)
      PS. I may or may not still shake the presents from time to time…

  3. I LOVE that you sandwiched an Andes mint in between these cookies. I’ve been a HUGE fan of Andes since I was young. My mom would buy them and it’d be a total treat when we were being good kids :) hehe

    1. Julie, my mom was ALL about rewarding (er, bribing) good behavior with chocolate. Maybe I should try a similar technique on Ben ;-)

  4. andes mints forever remind me of christmas because my 5th grade teacher used them as part of her christmas celebration in class and it was a BIG deal when you got the andes mint that day. these look great!

  5. Hi Erin! What a great idea! We all need to add an element of surprise to our holiday cookie platters I think! Thank you for sharing!

    1. lol Chung-Ah. Can we please do a little cookie swap? You can mail me some of that toffee you posted today. Yummmmm

  6. These cookies look wonderful Erin! I’ve been looking for a soft fluffy cookie but and found yours stuffed with Andes mints which sounds perfect :) Thanks so much for sharing, they look so pretty and festive with the icing and sprinkles – pinning :)5 stars

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