1994 2nd Place: Surprise Packages Recipe



  1. 1 c. Unsalted butter, softened
  2. 21/4 c. All-purpose flour
  3. 1/3 c. Confectioners'sugar, sifted
  4. 1 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp Water
  6. 36 x Thin layered chocolate
  7. Mint wafers (or possibly other
  8. Flavor miniature
  9. Chocolates), unwrapped
  10. Confectioners' sugar
  11. Lowfat milk
  12. Food color, colored
  13. Sprinkles as desired


  1. Preparation Time: 2 hrs
  2. Cooking Time: 15 to 20 min
  3. 1.
  4. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  5. Have ready ungreased baking sheets.
  6. 2.
  7. Beat butter in large bowl of electric mixer till light and fluffy.
  8. Beat in half of the flour, the sugar, vanilla and water till thoroughly combined.
  9. Beat in the remaining flour.
  10. 3.
  11. Use a scant 1 Tbsp.
  12. of dough and press it flat and thin with your hands.
  13. Put a chocolate mint wafer in the center and fold the dough over to completely cover each chocolate and to create a neat, rectangular package.
  14. Healthy pinch the edges to seal.
  15. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  16. 4.
  17. Bake till bottoms are lightly browned, 15 to 20 min.
  18. Cold a few min on the baking sheets and then cold completely on wire racks.
  19. 5.
  20. For icing, mix confectioners' sugar and lowfat milk to make a thin icing; color icing as desired.
  21. Use a small spatula to ice cookies.
  22. Decorate as desired so cookies resemble Christmas pkgs..
  23. For variety, second-place winner Carol Feezell of Skokie, Illinois uses several kinds of miniature candies in her pretty cookies.
  24. She suggests filling the cookies with chocolate mint wafers, such as Andes, or possibly Hershey's Miniatures.
  25. We also enjoyed Lindt's orange chocolate thins when we made the cookies in the Tribune test kitchen.