March 13, 2012

{Junior} Mint Chocolate Cookies

My hubby and I both got Junior Mints in our stockings this year (What? Is it odd that 30 years olds still get stockings from Santa their parents??).

And, then we got a candy basket from a friend filled with, you guessed it, Junior Mints.

Yum. But, we've been trying to eat less yum and more...broccoli. So, the Junior Mints have been in our pantry for months (yay, self-control!).

After looking at them in our pantry, lo these many months, I decided to come up with a recipe to rid us of these tasty treats. And, because of the whole, yay self-control thing, I wanted to make something that could easily be pawned off on our friends. Cookies fit that bill.

And, let me just tell you. These cookies are goooood. I added a tiny bit of green food coloring, because, you know, mint flavored things should be green. In case we get confused.

Oh, it was hard to part with these green, mint-chocolate yummies.

Darn self-control.

Darn broccoli.

{Junior} Mint Chocolate Cookies:
3 C. all purpose flour
2 t. Vanilla
1 egg
2 sticks of VERY soft butter
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. baking powder
1 1/2 C. white sugar
1 regular sized (4 oz) box of Junior Mints
Green food coloring, as desired

**Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl. Using a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter together. Add in the egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Add in the dry ingredients, a little bit at a time. Add the junior mints and, using the mixer's paddle, mix until the chocolate pieces are broken up and distributed through the dough. Add several drops of green food coloring to tint the dough green.

Roll 2 t. of dough into balls and place them on a cookie sheet FAR apart. I'll tell you why in a minute. For now, just trust me. These cookies spread a LOT. Bake at 375 for 6-9 minutes (I pulled mine out at 6 minutes and they were perfectly soft, even days later). Let cool on a cooling rack. And, then enjoy.

With milk. Preferably.

**recipe adapted from this Sugar Cookie Recipe on All Recipes.

So, why do my cookies have a scalloped edge when I never mentioned rolling them out and cutting them? Well, I placed the dough balls too close together and they spread into a big, fat, mess.

And, because, hey, this is real life, I made do by using a round, scalloped cookie cutter to pretty up my cookies. Then I pretended like I did it all on purpose and wanted them to be scalloped.

But, then I told you my secret because we're friends and I'd hate to lie to my friends. 

Of course I took a picture of my goof (and goof solution) at night. In my dark kitchen. With my old-as-dirt iPhone.

Because again, this is real life.

(and, yes, I left my watermark off on purpose. Because, if you'd like to claim my old-as-dirt iPhone picture as your all means, go for it.)

OH! And, I almost forgot to tell you...yes, I did make it to the next round of American Crafter! So, on Friday you'll get to see my Kid-themed project.

Yay, kids! Yay, crafts! Yay, Friday!

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  1. Yummm Junior Mints! Those look yummy. I did wonder why they had scalloped edges. You are so funny!! We still get stockings from my in-laws and I love it. Good luck in American Crafter! I'll be looking forward to seeing what you do next!

  2. I want some Junior Mint Cookie Yum! Stick one in a Ziploc and put it in the freezer. May come out next week. Need to go see Gram too.

  3. Those are SO cute!!! Please come over and enter my Seventh Generation Green Home Prize Pack! It's an awesome prize!

  4. You crack me up!! These look delicious but have a question about the Jr Mints (you know me and directions!!).... when you say a "regular" size box, are you talking the smaller movie theater size or the bigger one like you get at Walgreens in their 3 for $3 movie candy rack?!? Don't wanna over-mint the cookies right?!? :)

  5. These look amazing! And you say you don't bake..whatever. I love the idea of doing a cookie cutter after they bake.

  6. Junior Mints are my favorite movie snack! Thanks for showing your goof, I find the kitchen an easy place to fix mistakes, so much easier than in the rest of life, right?

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  8. First, congratulations on the self-control. You are way stronger than I am! Second, I am notorious for putting my cookies too close together and I never thought to use a cookie cutter afterwards. Genius! :)

  9. I got so tickled when I went back and really read your post. That is how I normally do it. Check the recipe (cause I am a recipe addict, after all)....and then later read. I was laughing out loud at your blunder and the fact that I thought you had some fancy cookie cutter. Then I saw what I thought was said....your dirt ass iphone photo. I kind of gasped because it is so unlike you to put something like that on your blog (not meaning you wouldn't say it....let's get real). And then I laughed even harder because I was convinced you have a dirty ass iphone. I laughed because OF COURSE you didn't write that on your blog. Your mom did though...haha.

  10. Emily, you and Susan are cracking me up. I do love the look of your mistake and they really look yummy. Thanks for sharing. Helen

  11. Okay, these look delicious! Yum! I am a fan of all things minty and chocolatey. Mmmm. I'm going to have to try these, for sure. And congratulations on making it to the next round! So excited for you! :-)

  12. There are few combinations I love more than mint and chocolate! These look delicious!

  13. These look so yummy! I love chocolate and mint (they have mint M&ms around Christmas time and I am in heaven..) I was pleasantly surprised to see you made these from scratch. :) Woohoo! Go Em! Hehehe

  14. Yum! These look fabulous! Now I need to try you ship??? lol Thanks for sharing and this one will definitely motivate me to continue on my conquest to become a better baker :)

  15. These look ridiculously yummy! Thanks for linking up all of your recent and fabulous posts. Love you, girl!


  16. I adore Junior Mints and will have to give these a try...they look amazing!!!

  17. Hi Emily ~ Thanks so much for this recipe. I literally just finished making them and my kids are eating them so fast I know I will need another batch for tomorrow:) Just a tip that might help. I did use very soft butter and put the dough in the fridge for a couple of hours. The cookies were more firm and didn't spread at all. Although I do love the way yours turned out, so maybe it's better if they spread!?! They're so yummy!

  18. These look scrumptious! My guys don't like mint, so I never get to make anything mint unless I have someone to share it with. Hmm ... maybe I could make cookies for my co-workers!

  19. oooo... love!!! These look amazing! Would also love for you to come share at my Tuesday food link party..

  20. Ok. The cookies look delicious, but I am so impressed that you have had them since Christmas! They would have been housed by moi by New Year's Eve!


  21. I love junior mints and to put them in a cookie is brilliant! I can't wait to make these...I'd love for you to share this at Mix it up Monday:

    I hope to see you soon :)

  22. lol you should try broccoli cookies those would be gross, and maybe turn you off cookies for a while? These ones sound great, crappy picture and all;p


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