Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies – When the Dark Chocolate Bar Won’t Do

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies

I wanted chocolate.

You know what I mean. I NEEDED chocolate.

The dark chocolate 74% cacao bar I keep in the cupboard for these occasions sounded about appealing as lima beans.

No, I wanted chocolate, warm and melted, wrapped in some buttery, white flour concoction.

I couldn’t even make this up if I tried but seriously, at that instant, the phone rang, pulling me out of my post-dinner dreaming. I picked up the receiver. “Hello?”

“Umm, Hi Carrie, I was wondering if you had any unsweetened cocoa powder I could borrow?”

It was my 13-year-old neighbor. One of my daughter’s dearest, dearest friends and off-spring of my friend, Kami. You know the one I’ve talked about before. The one who is always whipping up something amazing and delicious. Bringing me over samples to try.

“Why, sure darlin’, no problem. Come on over.”

We made the exchange. She ran home. I sat in our office with one eye on the front door….waiting…and hoping.

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Dough

The sun had set and most of my family was tucked away upstairs. I considered heading up there myself when a quiet knock came at the door.

“I’ll get it. I’ll get it!” I cried out to no one in particular.

I threw open the door and there she stood, in the pitch black, with a plate of at least a dozen warm, gooey, double chocolate mint chip cookies. I could have hugged her.

“I didn’t realize how many cookies the recipe would make. We have a lot so I thought you might like some.”

“Oh, darlin’, for me? Really? You shouldn’t have. Oh, let me take that heavy plate off your hands. You are too kind. Thank you.”

She scampered back home and I sat down with the plate on my lap and devoured one and then, two of those still warm chocolate cookies.

I didn’t intentionally hoard them all for myself. No, no. I sat that plate on the kitchen table and went back to what I was doing. Every time I walked through the kitchen, I grabbed another one. It couldn’t be helped. I noticed that they were disappearing faster than I was eating them and happened to catch a glimpse of the back of my 12-year old’s t-shirt as he dashed down the basement stairs.

The next morning, I glanced in the direction of the cookie plate and casually mentioned to my daughter, “Oh, by the way, your dear friend brought over some cookies last night that she had made.”

She walked over to the table, pulled the plastic wrap off the plate and said, “There’s only half a cookie left.”

I bit my lip, glanced at the 12-year old and then said to my daughter, “Yeah, there weren’t that many. Sorry.”

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies - Drop By Tablespoon

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cookies
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These cookies are the answer when the question is: Where can I get a dark chocolately, minty buttery, white flour concoction before I go crazy?! Much like the flank steak I posted about last week, I’ve had a hard time photographing these scrumptious little goodies. Every time I make them (or someone else makes them for me) they disappear. So go on, make them for yourself. Make them for your friends, your family, your children…they will thank you profusely. And you won’t have to worry about having them hanging around the house tempting you because they will be gone.
Ingredients
  • 2¼ c Flour
  • ½ c unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 c granulated sugar
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla (yes, a tablespoon)
  • 1 – 1½ c dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • a 3.5 oz dark mint chocolate bar, chopped up
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Chop up your mint bar and then combine those pieces with enough dark chocolate chips to measure two cups. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together your flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda. Set aside
  4. In a large bowl, combine your sugars and then drop in your butter.
  5. Cream together your butter and sugars either with an electric mixer or some powerful biceps and triceps.
  6. Add your eggs, one at a time making sure each one is mixed in well.
  7. Stir in your vanilla.
  8. A little at a time, stir in your flour mixture until it is completely combined with the butter and sugar mixture.
  9. Fold in your chocolate chips.
  10. Drop by spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet or a cookie sheet fitted with a silpat liner.
  11. Bake about 10 minutes.
  12. Cool for at least a minute on the pan then move to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  13. As with most cookies, these taste best warm so if a day or two has gone by since you made them, don’t hesitate to pop your cookie in the microwave for 20-30 seconds and get the chocolate warm and melted.
  14. Enjoy!
  15. NOTE: This dough can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge for 2-3 days and in the freezer for months. These cookies are delicious as is but taste even better when the dough is refrigerated for a day or two.

A Little Note to Those of You in the Portland Area Wednesday Morning…

I’ll be making a live version of these cookies on AM Northwest Wednesday morning on Channel Two between 9 and 10 am. The fine folks down there at the studio are all a buzzing because on September 21st AM Northwest returns to being an hour-long show. Watch out Today Show!!

 

Organizing Project…

Now, that the kids are back in school and I can actually have a complete thought, I have been sorting through random drawers and cupboards in the kitchen. “Clay pot on the top shelf of the cupboard covered in dust…. you’re gone. Random water bottles from some bike/road/walk event with the missing lids…gone. Strange orange, cardamom, vanilla, spice candle that’s never been lit…see ya.” And so on and so forth. Right now I’m in the “looks worse before it gets better” stage with piles all over my kitchen and dining room but my parents are coming into town this weekend so trust me…the piles will be gone before they walk through my front door. (I just won’t let them in the garage.)

 

Comments

  1. I am now craving cookies for breakfast! Love these!

    • “Breakfast of Champions!”, I say. I mean isn’t dark chocolate full of antioxidants?? It’s practically a “health food.”

  2. Yum. Yum. Yum. They didn’t last 24 hours in my house.

  3. oh me oh my oh. what a treasure of a girl and how the universe doth provide! have fun making them for the world this morning!! sorry i don’t own a tv or i would be glooooed. :)

  4. Heavens to Betsy these look amazing!

  5. Oh my goodness. LOVE. PS – I don’t know when you redesigned your site (I usually just read in google reader), but clicking through today was a nice surprise. Beautiful look!

  6. Helen Raptis says:

    I made these over the weekend and they are FABULOUS!

  7. farmerswife518 says:

    Just found your site!! Too bad I didn’t find it last week I could have watched you on am nw…I live near McMinnville! Chocolate and mint is my favorite combo–can’t wait to try!!!!

    • farmerswife, Thanks so much for stopping by and saying hello! I make an appearance on AMNW the third Wednesday of every month should you like to check it out sometime. Have a wonderful day!!

  8. Now I NEED chocolate but I don’t want to get out of bed. Wish I had a stack of these cookies right here!
    Lovely photos… miss you, my friend!

    • Wish I could bring you a stack of these cookies and we could share them over coffee. Miss you too. Thank you for stopping by, my dear Kristen!

  9. What a great story, needs and wants all mix together when it comes to chocolate or other delicious things. I SO agree on the organizing front, I always have to explain to Mr. Splendid, it has to get worse before it can get better {and you must be patient!} Love your blog! Kris Smith sent me over.

  10. LOVE this recipe. It was so easy and I had pretty much everything on hand. Even happened to have a Theo’s dark chocolate mint bar to throw in. Brought them to work and everyone completely loved them. I live in Portland, too, so you know how difficult some of these seasoned foodies (no pun intended) are to impress. One man even said that they were the best cookies he had ever had. Never gotten that compliment before, so I will pass it on to you, and say thank you. Hope you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine here today.

    • Hi Nowal, Thanks so much for letting me know. I love to hear stories about good times in the kitchen. And I hear you on the “seasoned foodies.” :) Am loving this sun today. Just about to head out and take a walk in it to pick up my little guy.

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