Grinch cookies centerpiece of cookbook club

For the Monitor
Published: 12/6/2016 5:00:25 PM

Get a jump on holiday cooking with help from the Gilford Public Library.

The Book Bites Club meets once a month to discuss some of their favorite cookbooks and try their hand at new recipes. This month will focus on the holidays. Run by Tracey Petrozzi, a Gilford Library patron and fabulous cook, the club is a fun way to explore the library’s many cookbooks.

This holiday season is a great time to try out new recipes.

Each month Petrozzi selects a theme that relates to the current season or seasonal ingredients, and builds a tasting menu around the theme that typically consists of an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Previous themes have included apples, cookout, strawberries and fresh from your garden.

Book Bites will meet Dec. 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. The cost for this program is $5 per person, and space is limited; participants are encouraged to sign-up at the library’s circulation desk.

For more information, call  524-6042 or email at

This Grinch cookie recipe will be one of those featured. You can try it on your own. Petrozzi said that this is one of her favorite seasonal recipes.


Grinch Cookies

1 pouch (1 lb. 1.5 oz.) Betty Crocker sugar cookie

½ cup butter, softened

¼ to ½ tsp. mint extract

6 to 8 green food color

1 egg

1 cup crème de menthe baking chips

1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, stir cookie mix, butter, mint extract, food coloring and egg until soft dough forms. Stir in chips and chunks.

Using small cookie scoop or teaspoon, drop dough 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. I used parchment paper on the cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Cool 3 minutes, remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely. Store lightly covered at room temperature.

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