Stirring it up:

Mint-Chocolate cookies

Help yourself to chocolate-mint cookies.

Do you like chocolate? What about chocolate and mint? A yummy combination to be sure. These absolutely delicious chocolate cookies have just a hint of this versatile herb flavour and packs a mouthful of chocolaty goodness.

Makes 36 cookies
Oven 350F
Bake 5 – 6 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 c. white sugar
  • 6 T. canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. baking cocoa
  • 1 T. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1/4 t. peppermint extract
  • 4 T. milk (whole, 2% or fat free)

In a bowl, beat sugar and oil until crumbly. Add eggs and beat for 1 minute. Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and gradually beat into the sugar mixture. Add the milk and mix well

With lightly floured hands roll dough into 36 balls and place 2″ apart on a parchment lined or non-stick sprayed baking sheet. Flatten slightly with your fingers.

Milk and chocolate mint cookies

Help yourself to fresh chocolate-mint cookies

Bake at 425° F for 5 – 6 minutes just until the edges are set and the tops crack. Cool a couple of minutes before removing to cooling racks. Enjoy as excellent plain chocolate cookies or make cookie sandwiches with some fluffy vanilla butter cream icing. Or, you could make larger cookies and make ice cream sandwiches with them – now that would be great for a 4th of July party!

Dishing it out:

As a bridal shower gift, my girlfriends gave me a little notebook filled with their favourite recipes. Each was hand written which made the collection even more special. One of the treats at the shower were these chocolate-mint cookies, I was hooked from the first bite.

Outside our Garden Room we have an herb and flower garden which, in the spring, will start to grow like crazy. One plant that seems to pop up every year is mint, not isn’t just ordinary green kind,  but chocolate mint. It looks like its “regular” cousin although it has a chocolate brown stem.  It actually smells and tastes like chocolate mint—like these cookies! While I considered chopping the mint and mixing it into the cookies, I wasn’t sure how guests would react to bits of green stuff in their cookies. Maybe I’ll try that another time. For now, this herb will always remind me of  my friends who do kindly shared their recipes.

More Mint Ideas?

A few mint leaves floating in black tea or just in hot water makes a light and soothing beverage. What about mint with strawberries and whipped cream? Humm, perhaps Mint Frozen Greek Yogurt?

What about a tasty summer watermelon salad (our June 13, 2010 blog) that includes mint, feta cheese, and English cucumber among other ingredients?

Happy munching.