It's the time of year when certain iconic cookies come into season and can be found in just about every home and office. The problem for me is that these cookies contain a variety of things that I'd rather not eat, like high fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors. It's a shame, because I'd really love to be supporting the Girl Scouts and I'm passionate about teaching entrepreneurism to girls of all ages. Luckily, I came across this fantastic recipe for homemade Thin Mint-inspired cookies, which are essentially pepperminty chocolate shortbread rounds dipped in pepperminty chocolate.
As I've shared regarding my thoughts on food, I believe in indulging well and using the best ingredients possible. For me, that means splurging on high quality cocoa powder, bakers chocolate, and baking extracts. Using these elevated ingredients takes a cookie you thought you knew, and turns it into something deliciously decadent and perhaps even a bit more grown up. These homemade chocolate and mint cookies have a depth that (dare I say) roundly beats the originals.
A few notes on this recipe:
- You can add as much or as little pure peppermint extract as you like. I'm all in on the peppermint, but by all means tailor the recipe to your preference.
- Don't roll out the shortbread cookies too thin. Leave them at least 1/4 inch thick, and maybe even a touch more than that. The thinner ones were harder to work with and, because the cookies are delightfully crumbly, I lost a few while dunking and drying them.
- When making this recipe again, I would thin out the chocolate sauce with a tiny bit of butter (making it more similar to a ganache) and drizzle it over the cookies rather than submerging them. As I worked through the batch, crumbs inevitably got into the chocolate sauce adding a texture to later cookies. They still taste phenomenal, but the earliest ones are so smooth and pretty.
- There is NOTHING better than leaving these beauties to cool, and then returning home to an apartment that smells like chocolate and peppermint. Trust me.
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