Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mint Chocolate Cookies

John made these cookies for my neighbors annual Christmas cookie exchange. They are so perfect.

Mint Chocolate Cookies

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 tsp mint extract
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup Dark Cocoa Powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda

1 1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 tsp shortening
3 tsp min extract

Heat oven to 350ยบ.
In a small bowl, melt 1/2 cup of the dark chocolate chips in the microwave for 1 minute or until melted when stirred.

Beat butter, brown sugar and granulated sugar in a large bowl until well blended. Add melted chips; beat until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. gradually beat into chocolate mixture. Drob by rounded teaspoons onto a cookie sheet.

Bake 8-9 minutes for chewy cookies or 10-11 for crispy cookies. Cool slightly. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely.

Place the 1 1/3 cups dark chocolate chips in a small bowl and melt with the shortening about 1 minute 20 seconds. Add the 3 teaspoons of mint extract and stir. Place in a ziplock bag and snip a corner. Drizzle over cookies.
Makes about 5 dozen cookies


  1. Amanda. You. Are. Killing. Me. I am dying to make so many of the things you post, but the ingredients are not readily available here. Mint extract? They don't even sell vanilla extract. I have to have my mother MAIL IT. That makes vanilla extract around $30. I am going to bring back a suitcase of ingredients next time I go to the states. Those cookies look good!

  2. Jules- wow, I think I go through a small jar of vanilla extract every month or two. I add it to oatmeal, hot chocolate, homemade pancakes, yogurt... everything! I didn't even know you could bake without some sort of extract or the other! Just for curiousities sake, I googled Subsititing Mint Extract... not sure I'd go through the hassle but it is interesting:

    Mint Extract: To make mint extract, obtain a POUND (or so) of fresh peppermint leaves. Crush and bruise them. Put them in a quart canning jar of vodka and place in the sun. Strain through a cheese cloth after 3 to 4 wks.

    Do you have mint chocolate chips? You could use those instead...


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