Desserts/ Recipe

Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

Can you believe it?? It’s finally here!
 
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After so many shiny things and sleepless nights and hard work and hoarding and wrapping and making things pretty and packaging and mailing and anticipation – it’s here! It’s finally here!
 
No! Not Christmas…. I’m talking about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap! And chocolate mint chip cookies of course!
 
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Hosted by Lindsay @ Love & Olive Oil and Julie @ The Little Kitchen, over 22,000… Wait. Think about this a second… Just think about this: Over 22, 000 cookies were mailed around the world for this swap. Holy moly that’s a lot of fucking cookies!!! Those poor postal workers… The idea was, you signed up, got assigned 3 other names and addresses, baked a dozen cookies for each assignee (from the same recipe), and then mail them out – in return, you receive 3 dozen cookies from 3 other bloggers. How fun is that? Not to mention how expensive?? Maybe I did things wrong and got a little too excited about packaging…. but it sure took a pretty penny out of my bank account! Never matter – I’m still going to do it again next year! And you can too, just click here.
 
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It didn’t all go according to plan, unfortunately however. I only got one box of cookies. Maybe my other two boxes have gotten lost in the mail, or perhaps the bloggers who were assigned my name sent their packages out too late, or maybe Santa intercepted them en route… I’m still hoping with fingers crossed that they’ll show up. God – the trauma! 
 
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But to be honest, I had such a fun and amazing time sending out my own cookies I don’t really care too much. See? Christmas really is about giving! And the lack of the other two boxes really just makes the one box I did receive, extra special…
 
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…thank YOU Megan @ The Bold Baker for my incredibly delicious pistachio & cranberry biscotti! They arrived crunchy, sweet, nutty, and actually a little savory. I’ve had one. I’m waiting till Monday (when I host my annual Christmas Party Potluck) to share the rest with my besties.
Readers: If you want her spectacular recipe – don’t try to copy it from the photo below (stupid camera phone) – go to her site. 
 
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Now: what I sent… 
 
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I obtained my cookie recipe from Bakeaholic Mama: Andes Mint Chocolate Cookies. Call me foolish, but I had no friggin idea that peppermint was so popular at Christmas time. Yes, do it. I’m foolish. I’ll give you a moment to ridicule……………
 
…………Okay, stop it. Be nice. It is Christmas after all. And it was joyous to bake and mail these cookies. I was paired with Anna in Abbotsford @ Hidden Ponies, Kim in Ottawa @ Strawberry Ginger & Callie in Toronto @ Callieflower Kitchen. All 3 ladies are absolutely fantastic bloggers and I feel a small but important connection with each of them. Anna is in the process of doing her B.A. right now (just like me!), and outside of the kitchen loves painting and reading, Kim and I are kind of the same person (enough said), and Callie and I don’t have formal training in the kitchen but both have a deep love of cookies, cooking. And we all have vaginas! (presumably)…See? Connections!

Chocolate (Andes) Mint Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 C White All-Purpose Flour.
  • 2/3 C Cocoa Powder.
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking Soda.
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt.
  • 1 C Butter, room temperature & unsalted.
  • 1 C White Sugar.
  • 1/2 C Packed Brown Sugar.
  • 2 Free-Range, Organic Eggs, room temperature.
  • 2 Tsp Pure Vanilla Extract.
  • 3 X 132g Packages of Andes Mint Chocolates.

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F and line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. While that heats, unwrap and roughly/finely chop your Andes Mints.Sift together in a medium bowl, flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa. Set aside.
  3. In your electric mixer (or hand mixer) cream butter and sugars together until fluffy. Add in eggs 1 at a time then your vanilla.
  4. Slowly add in your flour mixture by thirds.
  5. When everything is incorporated, fold in your Andes mint pieces.
  6. Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Remove from fridge and form 1 - 1 1/2" diameter balls and place on parchment lined baking sheets.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes. As cookies bake, replace dough to the fridge to keep from getting too goopy.
  8. Remove from the oven and let cool for about a minute and then carefully transfer cookies to cooling racks. They'll be very soft (you may think they aren't done yet - they are), but they'll harden as they cool.
  9. Allow to cool for 5 minutes or so (they'll set and become much firmer) and then serve with a glass of cold milk
  10. Eat.

 

 
 
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  • Heather
    December 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    Cookies and chocolate are basically my favourite foods! Those look amazing!

  • Domestic Witch
    December 13, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    I really love your food blog! I would like to personally invite you to my quirky Christmas Balls blog party! Link to any “ball” recipe on your blog, new or old!

    Hope to see you there!
    http://domesticwitch.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-balls.html

  • Swathi
    December 13, 2011 at 3:35 AM

    Delicious cookies, I love to try them.

  • Anna @ hiddenponies
    December 13, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    Hahaha, we DO all have vaginas, how uncanny! These cookies were soooo yummy, and packaged SO beautifully! I agree, the cost surprised me a little when all was said and done but it was totally worth it 🙂 I didn’t realize we were all being paired with kind of the same group of women, so fun! And keep your hopes up, I just received a box of cookies today when I thought all was lost!

  • ClaireBear
    December 13, 2011 at 6:52 AM

    Nom nom nom!!! I’ve received all but one, hoping it will come tomorrow! Everyone received the ones I sent though! So that’s good 😀

  • Adie Andrews
    December 13, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Lovely combination I think that these are the perfect cookies for me for the Christmas morning especially combined with milk.

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  • Teresa, www.foodonfifth.com
    December 13, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Kristy, Wasn’t the Cookie Swap the most fun? I got all three cookie sent to me thankfully and they were delicious…I sent mine out on time and really felt this was a great way to get in the Holiday spirit…not to mention all those Pisco Sours a friend of mine made for a party! Your cookies look fabulous and perfect with a hot cup of coffee.

  • Kristy Lynn
    December 13, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    @ Heather: That’s awesome. haha, cookies are not a food! haha 😉

    @ Domestic Witch: thanks for stopping by and for the invite! I’ll check it out.

    @ Swathi: why, thank you!

    @ Anna: I really am so pumped that you liked my package (that sounds dirty).. haha. There must have been just a handful of us Canadian participants! I’m so glad to have “met” you.

    @ Clairebear: Oooooh! I’m gonna go check out your post right now.

    @ Adie Andrews: that’s the plan!

    @ Teresa: That’s so great! I had a super fun time with this and you’re totally right – Christmas came right up and smacked me in the face with this project! (in a good way…). I’m gonna go check out your post now.

  • Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen
    December 14, 2011 at 3:18 AM

    Oh my gosh, your cookies were absolutely amazing! Chocolate and mint is my favourite and coincidentally the flavour of the cookies I sent out as well, but I have to be honest… yours were definitely better than mine 😉 haha. Your packaging was also adorable, and I loved ripping open the wrapping paper haha, I go crazy for opening Christmas presents. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect package in the mail 🙂

    I’m so sorry two of your boxes never showed up 🙁 Hopefully they come soon with delicious cookies for you!

    Hope your holidays are full of joy 🙂

  • Kristy Lynn
    December 14, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    @ Callie: Look at you! I loved your wrapping as well and the fact that you did minty chocolate. Heaven, much? 😉 My other boxes finally came – too bad not in time for reveal day but it did earn them their own post. haha…

    Happy joyful holidays to you too!

  • Erin
    December 18, 2011 at 1:57 AM

    Ooo yours look much better than mine!

  • Kristy Lynn
    December 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    @ Erin: Not true! Yours look fantastic!

  • Jennifer - Somewhere In Between
    December 18, 2011 at 10:24 PM

    Great minds!! I love that you added extra chocolate to these, and I can’t wait to try your recipe!! Obviously, we were made to be friends 😉

  • Kristy Lynn
    December 19, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    @ Jennifer: more chocolate = good. 😉

  • patience
    December 19, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    i think whatever money you spent was worth it. i would be so delighted to get a package like that. and i actually like how it looks like you wrapped the cookies separately so that they could hand them out to their friends for the holidays!

    my envelopes look so pretty – that pink got caught in a good light 🙂

  • Kristy Lynn
    December 20, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    @ patience: that is, if they weren’t mint cookies, correct? 😉

    p.s. i was so happy to have some of your envelopes to send out to people! They’re always gorgeous!

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

  • Martha
    November 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I love Andes candies and have bookmarked these yummy looking cookies to try! My brother and I have a cookie recipe website (www.best-ever-cookie-collection.com) where we are hosting a cookie recipe contest with some great prizes. We would love to have you enter a favorite cookie recipe for a chance to win!

    Warmly,
    Martha