Mint chocolate cookies

Chocolate mint cookies
I baked these cookies last week for my cast – lots of chocolate (for energy) and mints (for obvious reasons when you’re about to talk loudly in close quarters with someone) are always consumed back stage.

They’re not usually consumed together, but these seemed appropriate all the same.

Stack of mint chocolatecookies
They were delicious if I can so myself. Chewy, a good rich chocolate flavour, with just the right hint of peppermint. Not too overpowering, not too underwhelming.

It’s quite a shock to the system to go back to my normal life after a play. The sudden dose of normalcy after pretending to be someone else for a couple of months is… strange. And when things feel strange, I bake. I’ve baked banana bread, an upside down blueberry cake, and plum slice this week alone as I find myself wondering what to do with my evenings. Recipes will all be posted soon.

Mint chocolate cookies in a pile
In the meanwhile, I’m looking forward to doing some good blog reading… and on that note, here are some cookies I prepared earlier. Enjoy!

Ingredients
225 grams (1 cup) butter, softened
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips or dark chocolate chunks

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line two baking sheets with baking paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Beat in eggs and peppermint extract.
  3. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix with a wooden spoon until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Flatten balls slightly.
  5. Bake cookies until edges begin to firm but centre still appears soft, about 9 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 5 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks and cool completely.

Makes: Around 50 cookies.

Healthy: 107 calories a cookie.

Storage: Store in an airtight container. I made these two weeks ago and they’re still fresh and yummy.

Source: Foodess, mint chocolate cookies, Adapted from Gourmet magazine.

18 Comments on Mint chocolate cookies

  1. frugalfeeding
    5 August 2012 at 6:54 pm (2 years ago)

    Totally read that as though you had been making them for your cats… I thought you’d finally lost your final marbles… These sound yummy, Aimee!

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      6 August 2012 at 8:46 am (2 years ago)

      Well… for the record, my cat does like chocolate. But I don’t think I’m actually supposed to give it to her. I somehow doubt she’d appreciate the subtlety that these cookies provide :p

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  2. recipeshappen
    5 August 2012 at 10:43 pm (2 years ago)

    ooooh, those look yummy!

    Bonnie

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  3. Courtney
    6 August 2012 at 1:53 am (2 years ago)

    Chocolate mint is one of my most favorite combinations! Can’t wait to see all your new posts. :) Welcome back to reality, Aimee. ;)

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      6 August 2012 at 8:45 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Courtney – it’s good to be back. I hate the look of an un-updated blog and looking forward to reading all the recipes I’ve missed!

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  4. A.J. Scott Ryder
    6 August 2012 at 1:54 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Aimee, Just wanted to say congratulations on your brilliant thespian adventure (according to the internet a full house triumph!). If it wasn’t for all the wholesome cake recipes I would have to say I don’t know where all your energy comes from!

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      6 August 2012 at 8:43 am (2 years ago)

      Aw shucks! Thanks :) Yes, it was a sell out and a great deal of fun. Pulled together with a great deal of mulch-vitamins and cups of tea.

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  5. Maggie
    6 August 2012 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds yummy. i still have to make those lemon polenta cookies first…..then will try this. oh, i have all the ingredients to make this sensational lime white chocolate mudcake. I know…. i know…. white chocolate isn’t real chocolate. And i myself am the biggest fan of dark chocolate. But after trying this cake…. it was pretty darn good!

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    • Aimee@clevermuffin
      14 August 2012 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh, did Megs tell you? I tried the lemon bars and I had a massive fail with them! I accidentally tripled (!!) the amount of bicard. Such a fail. I’ll have to try again though.

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      • Maggie
        14 August 2012 at 5:34 pm (2 years ago)

        oh dear!! It would have overflowed like…..a volcano!!! You would have had splash black on your lens, sticky bits on your….everywhere!!

      • Aimee@clevermuffin
        15 August 2012 at 9:04 am (2 years ago)

        All over the oven… stuck on the pan. I couldn’t figure it out until I realised it has a slash, not a ’1′ in my handwriting on the recipe. *doh*! Ah, it happens though.

  6. Kristy
    6 August 2012 at 1:56 pm (2 years ago)

    It has to be so strange to be finished with a show. Mr. N was just in his first show this past weekend and he was so sad when it was over. So cute. He would have loved to be on your set with these cookies. Looking forward to all of your baking goodies too! :)

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  7. thedapperlass
    6 August 2012 at 7:33 pm (2 years ago)

    These look amazing!

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  8. Sarah
    7 August 2012 at 11:08 am (2 years ago)

    i love mint chocolate anything! these sound great!

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  9. Amy
    7 August 2012 at 12:18 pm (2 years ago)

    These sound like my favorited cookie texture…nice and chewy. I can tell from the crackles on top too! And nothing quite like the choco-mint combo. Congrats on finishing the play!

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  10. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    9 August 2012 at 12:18 am (2 years ago)

    Wish I was in the play just to get one of your cookies Aimee. Looking forward to your posts…!

    Reply

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