Sunday, January 22, 2012

Day 6: Double Chocolate Mint Cookies

It is that time of year again! Every adorable little girl you know will be asking you to buy those irresistible boxes of goodness. Otherwise known as girl scout cookies.

We were at my aunt and uncle's house last week and my cousin's adorable daughter was selling cookies for the first time.
She started out a little shy, but boy did she open up once she realized that not one of us could say no to her beautiful little face. By the end of the night she was so excited. She was holding the order form shouting: "Daddy, Daddy I earned my patch!!!"

Girl scout cookies pretty much sell themselves. One of our favorites are the thin mints (especially when they are frozen, yummm!).

The idea of the delicious combination of mint and chocolate inspired this cookie of the day. I found this recipe on a great blog by Jennifer Hill a Vancouver dietitian and a seeming cool chick,

Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
(adapted from gourmet magazine found on

1 cup butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp peppermint extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until well blended.
Beat in eggs and peppermint extract.
Gradually add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and beat until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Form dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
Flatten balls slightly.
Bake cookies until edges begin to firm but center still appears soft, about 9 minutes.
Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes.
Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

OOPS!!! Well...this is a challenge and with this recipe I made a couple of BIG mistakes. The cookies look good, but in my opinion tasted like you were biting into an Altoids!

I had to work in the morning (I work part time at a friend's church for a mom's day out program) and we had a teacher meeting after the kids went home. I usually will be back home after work by 12:30pm. Today, I didn't walk into the door until almost 2:00pm. I immediately started in on the day's batch before I had to leave to pick Noah up from middle school at 2:45pm.

Being crunched for time I got careless. I misread the recipe and added 2 TABLESPOONS of mint extract to the dough, then I forgot to add the chocolate chips! I decided to add the chocolate chips to the top and to bake the cookies with the...let's just say extra...amount of mint flavor.

Expecting the worse as the kids tried their daily cookie, I was surprised with their reactions.

Noah: "Love 'em. Spectacular. Fantastic."

 Ian: "Good, VERY good. I love it!"

Dane: "Minty!"
If you haven't noticed by now, Dane is a little camera shy.
 Eventually I may get a picture of him eating a cookie (I'm not making any promises).

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