Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Mint Chocolate Cookies

First catch-up post is a chewy, wintery, minty cookie. I whipped these up one November weekend along with some pumpkin muffins which didn't turn out quite as well as I had hoped. But the cookies were delectable, and I would make them again in a heartbeat! I adapted from a Nestlé recipe to get a chewier and mintier version that really satisfied.

Mint Chocolate Cookies

2 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1 package of instant chocolate pudding Mix
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 large eggs

1 cup mint chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325° F.

Combine flour, cocoa, pudding mix, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and peppermint extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by well-rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies are puffed. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Here's how they looked coming out of the oven:

The Nestlé recipe used green coloured chocolate chips, which made it more obvious that the cookies were mint, but I decided to go stealth style. Adding in the pudding mix also kept the cookies soft and chewy for several days after baking.

These were a fun and delicious cookie with a great depth of flavour and texture. My choice of beats also has intense depth in texture and harmony, so I think it matches well with the cookies: Some Nights by Fun.


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