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Monday, December 22, 2008

Chocolate Minty Cookies and Holiday Wishes

Mmmmm, mint and chocolate. As good as, maybe even a little better than peanut butter and chocolate? I don't know, that's a tough one. Given a choice with chocolate--I'll almost always go with mint.

I was grocery shopping and saw that they had Andes Mints on sale. Pass those up? No way. I knew I wanted to bake something with them. It was either that, or be faced with eating all of them. Cookies immediately came to mind. I did a search and found that there was pretty much one Andes cookie recipe. The one where you place a whole candy over the hot cookies and let it melt there, which looks good. Then there's this one, from Erin. That looks great too, right?

But I wanted to do something different. I started with a basic chocolate cookie, but instead of chocolate chips, I chopped up the mints, coarsely, so you get chunks, and added those to the batter. The result? Delicious cookies! You can immediately taste the mint in them, which is good. Some of the chocolate melted directly into the cookies. They are a cakey cookie, which isn't my first choice, but still, they're very good--almost like little brownie bites. Everyone still loves them--I can see right now that our supply of them is almost gone, so that's a good indication of yummy cookies.

Next Time:

I'd definitely leave larger chunks of the mints. I cut each one into roughly three pieces, so maybe just cut them in half next time.

I'll probably search out a chocolate cookie base that'll be chewier, since that's my favorite kind of cookie.

All in all, I'd make these again for sure, just tweaking the cookie part. But if you like soft, cake-like cookies, you'll love these!

To print this recipe, click here!

makes approx 60 cookies

1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened

1 3/4 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla extract

3 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/2 cup milk

2 (28 piece) boxes Andes Mints, coarsely chopped

Heat oven to 375.

Beat the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in mixing bowl until fluffy.

Combine the flour, cocoa, soda and salt, then add alternately with the milk--blend well.

Stir in the mints.

Drop by teaspoons on parchment covered baking sheets.

Bake 8-10 minutes--don't over bake!

Cool for a minute on the sheets and remove to cooling racks.

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April in CT said...

These look sooooo good!

Elle, I hope you and your family have a happy and safe Christmas. Try to stay thawed!!

Kristen said...

I know it is time to quit procrastinating on my baking. These are just what I needed to get moving. I love chocolate and mint.

Thanks Elle, I bet they smell lovely!

VeggieGirl said...

BEYOND delicious!!

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Those look so good! I love the hints and things you would change at the bottom!

Bunny said...

The look wonderful Elle, have a wonderful Christmas!

Pam said...

Bigger chunks of mint sound great. The perfect holiday cookie.

Bob said...

They look good to me! Have a great holiday.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

I love chocolate and mint! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

Lore said...

I love all kinds of cookies so the cakey ones are always welcome :)

Grace said...

i have to agree--chocolate and mint trumps chocolate and peanut butter in my book. andes mints rule. great cookies, and happy holidays to you and yours! :)

HoneyB said...

Happy Holidays Elle!

your cookies make me want chocolate! and mint! lol

carol said...

Oh YUM! Chocolate and mint is a winning combo in my book-your cookies look SO good!
Happy Holidays to you and yours, Elle.....

giz said...

A healthy, happy and peaceful holiday season to you and yours.

LyB said...

Mint and chocolate would be my pick too. Those cookies look really delicious. :)

Peter M said...

Elle, the comment window is back and so am I! I've been a good boy this year...cookies for me & Santa?

Dawn said...

Yeah I'm always for the choco & mint mixture. Classic.
Elle, thank you for the cookbook...guess what I drooled over before falling asleep? Un huh.
Have a great Christmas! Glad to have you as a friend

Cris said...

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas Elle, it was nice to get to know your blog this year. xoxo

kat said...

Have a fantastic holiday!

Passionate About Baking said...

Happy Holidays to you too Elle...& warm wishes to you family as well. The cookies looks inside is new to me! YUM...made your chocolate zucchini cake, trembling with fear of getting caught out...but it was gone before I knew it. Am just about to post it as I did it up in Xmas colours. Cheers

Karen said...

Thanks for another great recipe. I'm taking my chocolate zucchini bread out of the freezer to have with breakfast tomorrow.
Wishing you and your family a very happy holiday season.

Katie Barlow said... chocolate is definitely right up there with PB and chocolate

Rachel said...

Oh Yum!! Elle, those look delish! I love chocolate and mint!!

I hope you have a fabulous Christmas sweetie. Thank you for all you do!

Elle said...

Thanks so much, everyone! I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy & Healthy New Year!

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Amanda said...

Here's wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas!

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Sophie said...

Minty brownie bites, I can't think of anything else Santa would want to eat on Christmas :)...or me! Hope you had a great holiday!

AK Mom said...

Happy Holidays!!
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Kevin said...

Chocolate cookies with mints...mmm...

Happy new year!

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