Andes Double Mint Chocolate Cookies

9/19/09

I literally have about 65 recipes on my list of things I want to try. And I am determined to bake my way through that list one cookie/bar/brownie/pie/muffin/cupcake/pie at a time. I could no longer put this one off. The bag of Andes mint baking pieces has been 'hiding' behind cereal boxes and oatmeal. I knew where it was but as long as I didn't actually see the bag, I would be less tempted to open it and start noshing on the stuff during Conan O'Brian or House Hunters.

It was a good thing I didn't open the bag. The mint chocolate pieces were so small that they literally will melt on your fingertips. By the time you feel civilized enough to grab a spoon, it's just not worth the effort.
The cookies remind of a cross between a Peppermint Patty and a Thin Mint...and a brownie. Although they may not look like it, these are very fudgy inside. When they first come out of the oven they puff up and look more like tiny, round brownies. And they keep that texture even after they are cool.
These cookies are for adults. They are not overly sweet. As far as taste goes, The chocolate and mint are the big standouts. As usual, I used more sea salt in my recipe. This really pulls out the bittersweet chocolate which forms the foundation for the mint.
The best way I can think of to describe these is to imagine a chewy version of a Thin Mint sandwiched between a Peppermint Patty. If you want, you could even skip the melted chocolate mint that goes on top of the cookies. They are moist, and minty enough to stand on their own. But I highly recommend the pretty topping. It adds a cool, refreshing texture.
Don't be fooled by their tiny appearance. They are very addicting, especially if you throw in a bit more salt. And you may find yourself eating quite a lot without even realizing it. I like to store mine in an air tight container and put it someplace high and out of reach. But even that technique fails sometimes and I find myself climbing the pantry shelves like a monkey looking for it's banana. Andes Double Mint Cookies
( recipe adapted from Lovin' From the Oven )
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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp. of baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. of salt
  • 3/4 cups ( 1 and 1/2 sticks ) of butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups of packed light brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of water
  • 1 Cup of chopped, bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 Cup of Andes mint baking chocolate
  • 2 eggs

Method:

In a medium saucepan, combine the butter and water. Over low heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and stir until smooth and until the sugar has melted into the butter. Add the chocolate and Andes mint baking bits and stir until almost all the chocolate has melted. Remove from heat and continue to stir until the mixture is smooth. Pour into a large, heat proof mixing bowl let stand for at least 10 minutes to cool slightly.


Meanwhile, Sift the flour, baking Soda, and salt into a medium bowl and set aside. Beat the eggs into the cool chocolate mixture, one at a time on high speed. Reduce the mixer to low and gradually add the flour mixture. Beat until well blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.


Preheat the oven to 350F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Roll the chilled dough into balls. I used a level tablespoon for each cookie. Place the balls about 2 inches apart on the sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes. They will continue baking after you remove them from the oven so be careful not to over bake.


As soon as you remove the cookies from the oven, sprinkle each one with the rest of the Andes baking chocolate. They are tiny pieces and will fall off the cookies so use your fingers. Allow the chocolate to melt and gently spread with the back of a spoon. If you are feeling creative, use a toothpick to make swirls with the mint and chocolate.

12 comments:

Peabody said...

I make these too, they are really good. I make them every year for Christmas.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

You got this recipe from Frieda?! I'm so behind in reading blogs, that I missed this one. Wow! Andes mints! I love them. These look fabulous.
Join the club-- I have about 200 "must make" recipes in my queue. Ah well, one day at a time.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those look delicious!

Valerina said...

Hi Peabody, These would be perfect Holiday cookies. They are so easy to make but have such a gourmet flavour.

Debby, Doesn't it seem as though you keep adding more recipes faster than you can bake? :) Lovin' From the Oven is run by Kim. Her blog is great and worth a visit!

Thanks Chocolate Shavings!

natalia said...

Ciao ! These cookis are so beatiful and appealing !!!

angelinthekitchen said...

I can't wait to try this! Just the other day, I was just staring at a bag of Andes baking pieces in my freezer, trying to decide why I'd bought them or what to do with them. These are perfect!

Valerina said...

Thanks Natalia. :)

@angel in the kitchen, These are the best way to put the Andes baking bits to use! Don't bother with the recipe that is on the bag. :) Thanks for visiting!

Cate O'Malley said...

Love the chocolate swirl on top - they look delish!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The cookies look great! I have sooo many bookmarked recipes, I dont think I'm ever going to get through them all, because I'm constantly adding more!!

Ash said...

Oh, I'm liking the looks of these! I love the good ol' chocolate and mint combo.

isa said...

Wow! I love chocolate and mint combo. I will try these:))

Valerina said...

Thanks Cate. :)

Avanika, Isn't it terrible to have such an addiction to baking? I almost have to ban myself from doing more recipe seaches on T.S or F.G ;>

Hi Ash, Me too. I get such mad cravings for this flavour combination!

Bonjour Isa. J'espère que vous aimer cette recette. :)

 

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