No more boring sugar cookies for your next holiday swap! Chocolate Mint Cookies make Christmas cookies more fun and tasty!
Matt and I have now been together for over two years. Each year we’ve spent a significant amount of time apart, including on holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas. This year it FINALLY changes. This year Matt and I got to spend Thanksgiving together- and in Ireland nonetheless! But the even better thing is he gets to spend Christmas here too! He will be flying back to the States to spend Christmas and New Years with me!
Since he is going to be here for the holidays, and since I got to see him for a few months this fall, I knew we had to send out a holiday card. I’ve been wanting to do one but being separated makes it so hard! Once I was able to find a way where I could stay with him and spend the holidays together, I went on a Pinterest-spree looking for cute holiday cards.
Some of my favorites were the ones where couples were all wrapped up in Christmas lights. This led me to getting Matt to buying us Christmas lights so we could use them in our photo and then put them up outside our house.
Are you ready for the awesomeness?
Isn’t it cute? =)
Then to top it off, the inscription on our holiday card says “May all your days be Merry and Bright”.
I’m in love.
So we had to sucker one of Matt’s friends into taking the picture for us. But that’s ok. I think he secretly enjoys it. Maybe deep down in there somewhere =)
In the spirit of the holiday, and while admiring Matt and I’s first Christmas card photo, I was inspired to make a simple and delicious holiday cookie. I mean, come on. Can you really have too many cookie recipes this time of the year?
This time it is Chocolate Mint Cookies.
Chocolate and mint is one of those classic combinations that so many people love. They are one of my personal favorites. And these cookies sure do them proud.
The cookies are so deeply chocolatey with mint infused throughout the cookie. Then they are crispy on the outside but still nice and soft on the inside. I think they are just about a perfect cookie.
Initially I was planning on doing a beautiful green, minty frosting on top. But you know what? They really don’t need it. The mint taste is strong enough in the cookie and it is sweet enough that frosting would just take away from them.
So, have I convinced you to make them yet?
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
- 2 tbs water
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup mint chocolate pieces
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Place a medium pan on medium-low heat. Add butter to the pan and allow to melt. Once melted, whisk in sugar and water until fully combined. Add chocolate chips and mint chocolate pieces and stir just until chocolate chips are melted, crushing some of the M&M's or Andes gently with the bottom of your whisk. Remove from the heat and place in the bowl of a standing mixer. Allow to cool 10 minutes.
- Once cooled, add eggs into chocolate mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce speed on blender to low and gradually incorporate flour, baking soda and salt (stirring just until combined). Cover dough and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350F. Scoop dough into 1-2 tbs sized balls and place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake 9-11 minutes.
- Cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool. Store in an air-tight container.