Rich chocolate mint cookies hugging a luscious and creamy mint filling!
These chocolate mint cookies will pick you up when you are having a bad day. It’s the mint I think, it seems to be mood enhancing. I’m sure someone did a study somewhere. These chocolate mint cookies are exactly what I needed after my last hair cut. It’s not that I got a bad cut, it’s just that I walked out of the salon a little poorer and much more deflated. I’ll explain.
I’m not very good at makeup, hair or fashion. I enjoy all those things, however I don’t know what to do with any of them. I barely know how to dress myself, let alone dress up an outfit! Lately I’ve been feeling as though I really need to spruce myself up. Perhaps it’s the holidays or age creeping in. Whatever it is, it’s getting the better of me.
I’ve been in desperate need for hair cut. Nothing fancy, just a trim. I had a new stylist this time around as my usual girl was on maternity leave. This girl was extremely attentive and enthusiastic as I explained to her my needs. My hair becomes limp and lifeless during the winter months, I was hoping she had a simple solution. Well she certainly did, although very different from what I had been thinking. She honed in on my words “limp hair” and subtly turned them into “thinning hair.” After several references to my very thin hair I began to think to myself “my hair has been thin lately.” I didn’t have to worry because she had just the thing. A line of sprays, shampoos, conditioners and revitalizers that would give me the hair of my dreams (in just 24 steps a day)! After a few spritzes and sprays, I was sure my hair was thickening right up.
As my stylist proceeded to “doll” me up and enhance my hair follicles she asked whether or not I wore make up. Cunningly she added, “not that you need it.” But you know what? That’s all she had to say before I started to think that perhaps I should wear more make up. I am 40 (ish) after all. As fate would have it, she does make up consultations too! This was turning into my lucky day.
I was dreaming about how new and fresh I would look with a face full of makeup when my stylist announced that she had a great idea! I would look fabulous with a demi coloring treatment. It would liven everything up. All the while she was picking at the gray hair peeking out of my crown. I have been thinking about coloring my hair, haven’t I? If I wasn’t before, I certainly was now.
How was it that this women who I’ve never met before managed to hone in on all my superficial insecurities? She was GOOD! So good, she could probably sell water to a drowning man. I walked out of the salon with two more appointments (makeup and hair color of course), $60 worth of hair product and the distinct feeling that I’d been had. It’s tough being a girl.
I find when I’m feeling low, the best thing to do is bake. These chocolate mint cookies will brighten any day. The cookies themselves are very rich and have quite a bit of mint flavor. The base of these cookies is the same as my Tiramisu Sandwich Cookies. The filling is your basic buttercream flavored with mint extract. I added green gel coloring to my buttercream, but you could leave yours white or even add Creme de Menthe for color and flavor. The filling is so creamy and decadent. It’s the perfect match for these indulgent chocolate cookies!
For the cookies
- 5 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
- 2 ounces Andes mint chips
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2/3 cup Andes mint chips
For the filling
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon mint extract
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- green gel food coloring
- In a small saucepan, combine chocolate and butter. Heat over low heat until both have melted. Stir until smooth and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine flour. Baking powder and salt. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs, sugar and vanilla until mixture begins to thicken. Stir in cooled chocolate mixture followed by flour mixture. Beat until combined. Fold in mint chips. Let batter stand for 10 minutes in order to thicken up.
- Preheat oven to 375. Drop dough by tablespoon full about onto a lined baking sheet, keeping each cookie about 2 inches apart. Bake for 8 minutes or until edges are set and cookies are slightly cracked. Let cool for 1 minute before removing to a cooling rack.
- For the buttercream: beat butter on medium speed until creamy. Carefully add in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add salt and continue to mix until mixture becomes creamy. Add in extracts and milk until piping or spreading consistency is achieved. Stir in gel coloring just until blended
Nutrition InformationYield 24 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 270Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 41mgSodium 133mgCarbohydrates 36gFiber 1gSugar 31gProtein 2g
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