Here at Steeles Tavern Manor, Christmas cookies and Christmas decorations will be featured up until the New Year is firmly in place. All the decorations give me a very warm feeling and I hope the guests have the same reaction. In fact, the trees outside are wrapped in lights all year long to welcome and light the way for our guests. When guests enter the Inn, they see garland, lights, and red bows adorning the banister leading up the stairs to their room. At the top of the stairs, just outside the guest rooms, we have a Christmas sign that reads “and to all a good night”. We put it there as the last thing our guests see before they go into their rooms.
We have two Christmas Trees – one in the formal living room and one in the social room where guests often congregate together. Christmas cheer continues with lots and lots of Santas that I have collected through the years.
Cookies are a special part of the whole holiday celebration for me. My favorite Christmas cookie is Chocolate Mint Squares. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA and my mom got this recipe from the wife of the 3rd base coach for the Pirates who served the team in the 80’s. This is the most requested Christmas cookie recipe from my kitchen for almost 30 years. Try this recipe any time of the year for a yummy treat!
Chocolate Mint Squares
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter
4 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup flour
½ tsp salt
1 16-oz can Hershey Syrup
Mix first 4 ingredients together (one at a time) using an electric mixer. Add flour & salt. Then add syrup & mix until smooth.
Place in greased/floured 11×17-inch pan.
Bake 350 for 20 minutes.
½ cup butter
3 tbsp Crème de Menthe liquor
2 cups powdered sugar
Using electric mixer, cream butter. Add crème de menthe slowly to mix together. Then slowly add the sugar. Mix to the consistency of an icing. Spread on top of the cooled brownie layer. Then place the pan in the refrigerator to allow the icing to harden.
1 6oz package semi sweet chocolate chips
6 tbsp butter
Place ingredients together in a microwavable small baking dish. Microwave using Defrost setting for 4-5 minutes until melted. Stir glaze to completely smooth. Spread over top of mint layer. Refrigerate to cool. Cut into small squares.
Happy New Year from our house to yours!