A fresh out of the oven recipe to share, but before we get into that here is a brief history of the delightful duo of Chocolate and Mint. Chocolate was enjoyed by the Mayans as early as 600 AD but not until after the American Revolution was Chocolate enjoyed in harmony with mint…
…With Americas triumph in 1776, England relinquished control over their beloved Tobacco trade and the Spaniards found a narcotic also native to the Americas, The Cacao Bean. When Europeans didn’t take to the premium bitter delicacy that Spain had to offer they started to mix it with different spices and eventually came across mint, it wasn’t a success from the get go but some things take time. Now Mint and Chocolate is Americas third favorite ice cream and flavor profile of the acclaimed New Orleans 1950’s cocktail, The Grasshopper. Traditional Grasshoppers are made with equal parts Creme De Menthe, Creme de Cacao, and fresh cream. My family in the Midwest and Wisconsin, dairy land USA, prefer to forgo the fresh creme and substitute it with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream so this weekend when I was craving a frothy Grasshopper I decided to formulate a cookie recipe of the tasty treat instead.
- 1 Cup All-purpose flour
- 1/3 Cup Hot Chocolate Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup Butter (Unsalted, Soft)
- 1/2 Cup Superfine Sugar
- 2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar (Packed)
- 1 Lg Eggs
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Peppermint Extract (or Creme de menthe)
- 1 Cup 60% Cacao Chips (Ghirrardelli)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line two cookie sheets with Parchment Paper or Silicone mats.
- Whisk together Flour, Hot Chocolate Powder and Baking Soda.
- In a large bowl beat together until well blended Butter and Sugars.
- Add and beat until fully incorporated Egg, Salt and Extracts.
- Stir in Chips by hand. (Chips could be substituted for Andes Mints.)
- Drop cookie dough two inches apart, nine cookies per tray. The cookies will spread. Bake one tray at a time for 8-12 minutes to preferred doneness chewy versus crunchy.
These Cookies are a perfect Holiday treat and would be the wonderful accompaniment with Santa’s glass of milk!