Double Chocolate Mint Cookies
St. Patrick’s day has always been a fun holiday for me, it always meant a visit to my grandmother’s house because it was her birthday. My grandmother was a kind woman who lived a simple life and really taught me a lot about frugal living. She grew up on a farm in New Hampshire and thus knew all sorts of thing about raising chickens and other livestock for meat, she always had a garden and she was crafty. She taught me how to cross-stitch and knit, hobbies that I still enjoy today when I have the time.
Grandma Patricia also had a sweet tooth, so these double chocolate mint cookies are in celebration of her…happy birthday grandma and happy St. Patrick’s day I know you are looking down on me from heaven and approve of my thrifty ways.
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For the cookies
- 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Softened
- 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 Eggs
- 1 (11 Oz.) Package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chunks
For the icing filling:
- 1/2 Cup Butter (1 Stick), Softened
- 1 Lb. Powdered Sugar
- 7 – 10 Drops Peppermint Oil
- Green Food Coloring (Optional)
- Milk, As Needed
For the cookies:
- Preheat oven to 350° F.
- In a medium bowl combine flour, cocoa powder,baking soda and salt and whisk to combine with a wire whisk.
- Set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer cream the butter and sugars.
- Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix to combine well.
- Add the flour & cocoa mixture a little at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed, until all the dry ingredients have been incorporated.
- Mix in chocolate chunks by hand with a wooden spoon or spatula.
- Using a large cookie scoop (I used a 3 tablespoon sized scoop), scoop out 6 balls of dough on a rimmed cookie sheet and bake 12 minutes.
- Let cookies cool on pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire cooling rack till completely cool.
- Continue with the remaining cookie dough.
For the icing filling
- In the bowl of a stand mixer beat the softened butter till creamy.
- Add in the powdered sugar a little at a time until it has all been mixed in, adding a splash or two of milk as needed to get to the desired consistency.
- Add peppermint oil to your desired minty-ness is desired (I like it minty so used 10 drops of peppermint oil).
- Add food coloring if desired.
- Assemble cookie by spreading or piping icing between two cookies.
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