Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cookies

There's vanilla people and chocolate people. Dog people and cat people. There are even TP-Under and TP-Over people (personally, I'm TP-Under - I do it just to infuriate Mr. C). Within the domain of cookies, there are chewy people and crispy people. Okay, crispy people, I understand your stance - a nice thin biscuit dipped in milk is pretty good. But, come on. Let's be honest. Nothing beats biting into a pillow of perfect chewy cookie-goodness. Especially if it's right out of the oven, dripping warm chocolate chunks all over the ends of your mouth.

To be fair, I think my perfect cookie would remain somewhere in the middle of these two texture profiles. It's gotta have a nice crisp outside, but the inside definitely has to be moist and chewy. The best of both worlds. A cookie everyone could get behind. The recipe I have for you now may not be the recipe - the one that would unite chewy and crispy people - but, man oh man, is it ever close.

Mint Chocolate (6)

Mint-Chocolate Brownie Cookie
adapted from Lovin' From the Oven

Makes about two dozen cookies

3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
12 ounces bittersweet chocolate (coarsely chopped)
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
Mint chocolate candies (I used Andes)

1) Heat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl and set aside.

2) In a double boiler, combine butter, sugar, chocolate, and water - heat until melted and smooth. Pour into a large mixing bowl and let stand until cool (about 10 minutes).

3) After your chocolate mixture has cooled, add the eggs (one at a time) and beat with an electric mixture on high speed. Mix in your extract. Finally, slowly mix in the flour mixture and stir until well-blended.

4) Chill batter for at least one hour. After chilled, roll the dough into walnut/golf ball-sized balls. Place two inches apart on baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes.

5) Right after you've taken your baked cookies out of the oven, place a mint chocolate candy. Allow to melt slightly and spread with a spoon.

Mint Chocolate (2)

perfect crispy-chewy cookie goodness


Monet said...

I couldn't agree more...I'm all about the crunchy outside and the chewy inside. And these cookies with their hint of mint look perfect!

Kate said...

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE mint chocolate combinations, these look so great!!!

curiousdomestic said...

YUM! Mix them up in some vanilla ice cream and hand me a spoon!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Unless it's biscotti, I am chewy girl all.the.way! These look infinitely nommable, which is probably why it's good that I can't reach them tehe.

Rick said...

Mint chocolate is the best. One of my friends hates that combination. I think she is an alien. Anyway, these look grand!

CC Recipe said...

These cookies look fab, I love a slight crisp on the outside and wonderfully chewy in the middle!

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