Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Cookies – Chocolate Mint Cookies!

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This wonderful event, in it’s second year, is the brain child of Andrea of Andrea's Recipes, but this year is being organized and ran by Sandy of At the Baker's Bench.

How I got asked to be involved with this incredible group is beyond me but all the thanks goes to Kelly of Sass & Veracity and after last year I sure earned my way in the hard way! There are 10 of us that have decided to do The 12 Days of Cookies – A bon appétit cookie extravaganza. We will be choosing, baking, tasting, blogging and sharing with you a cookie a day for the first 12 days of December.
These cookies are coming from bon appetit's Holiday Cookie-a-Day Slideshow.

These are my partners in crime. We will all be choosing different cookies and surprising each other. How fun is that???? Be sure to check out their selections for the day!

Andrea of Andrea's Recipes
Claire of The Barefoot Kitchen
Courtney of Coco Cooks
Di of Di's Kitchen Notebook
Kelly of Sass & Veracity
Michelle of Big Black Dogs
RJ of Flamingo Musings
Sandy of At the Baker's Bench
Tiffany of The Nesting Project

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Cookies brought me back to wanting chocolate.  These Chocolate Mint Cookies fit the bill perfectly too.  Just the right amount of mint and I thought I would pretty them up with just a drizzle of chocolate and some sparkling white sugar…

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Chocolate Mint Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch-process)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped

Directions:

Whisk flour, cocoa powder, and salt in medium bowl to blend. Using electric mixer, beat butter in large bowl until smooth. Beat in peppermint extract and vanilla extract. Beat in sugar in 3 additions. Add egg and beat until blended. Add dry ingredients and beat just until blended (dough will be sticky).

Divide dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Using plastic wrap as aid, form dough on each into 2-inch-diameter log. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate dough until well chilled, at least 2 hours. (Dough can be prepared 1 day ahead. Keep refrigerated.)

Position 1 rack in center and 1 rack in top third of oven; preheat to 350°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap cookie dough logs; roll briefly on work surface to form smooth round logs. Cut logs crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place rounds on prepared baking sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Bake cookies until tops and edges are dry to touch, about 15 minutes. Transfer baking sheets with cookies to racks; cool completely. Stir chocolate in top of double boiler set over simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove from over water. Cool melted chocolate until slightly thickened but still pourable, about 10 minutes. Dip fork into melted chocolate, then wave fork back and forth over cookies, drizzling melted chocolate thickly over cookies in zigzag pattern. Refrigerate cookies on baking sheets until chocolate is set, about 10 minutes. (Cookies can be made 1 week ahead. Refrigerate in airtight container between sheets of parchment paper or waxed paper.)

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Would I make these again?  Yes I would.  They are a good sturdy cookie that could be dressed up real easily for a holiday platter!  Everyone liked them even people who are not huge mint fans.  Really liked these ones!

12 comments:

Maria said...

I am loving these! Adding them to my list:)

Elle said...

Oooh, love chocolate mint--these look so good! Love the additional drizzle of chocolate and pretty sugar.

Bob said...

Chocolate and mint is up there with chocolate and peanut butter in my book. Those look wicked good.

Rosy said...

Love the Festive Sprinkles!

HoneyB said...

Knowing you would make them again is enough for me! They look yummy! I love chocolate and mint!

RJ Flamingo said...

Very, very pretty! You're a much better drizzler than I am. :-D And the sugar is a nice touch!

Heather said...

Chocolate mint cookies are sooooo good. I would say they are my fav, but after watching all these cookies march by I am overwhelmed with favs!

Peter M said...

Judy, you're halfway there (4 more days of cookies) and lookin' good. Nice to see a blogging tradition (yr.2)take hold.

Pam said...

I luv choc mint!

Very nice!

Enjoy!

Di said...

Those do look good. I love sparkling sugar--it makes everything look so festive. =)

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Love the sparkly sugar on top, Judy! Looks great!

JoAnn said...

These look great, where'd ya get the sugar sprinkles?