Mint choco cookies

There seem to be only two reactions to the onset of the summer holidays. Relief, for all those parents who have angels for kids. That is not me. So the other is dread, wondering how the heck to handle the two brats for another 4 and 7 extra hours respectively! I would like to blame the absence from the blog on the same two mentioned brats, but I guess there is more to it than that :D.

Our non-profit venture Second to None has taken off with a bigger impact than anything expected and quite a few hours are whiling away watching and delighting, and of course, working a little on it.

So getting back to the kitchen, while the nation waits for mangoes (we have already tried it thrice and the experience has, as always, been of the utmost satisfaction), we go back to chocolate.

This choco-mint scandal is anyone’s secret sin. A nondescript cookie turned wicked, drowning in chocolate glaze and decked with mint crumble. (The recipe is from a 2006 “holiday” cookbook :) but who the heck wants to wait for December anyway?!) The recipe calls for a cookie sandwich with marshmallow cream, but I did just the plain cookie… Sinful enough!

You need:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brewed coffee (no milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the chocolate glaze (loved that this was soooooo simple!):

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (I used the Amul cream)
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips

How to make it:

Whisk the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt together.

Flour, cocoa mix

Whip up the butter and sugar until it is thick.

Add vanilla extract, coffee liquid, and beat together. Ha! Got this vanilla extract finally that all the gourmet chefs keep talking about. But I could not taste that much of a difference in this recipe. Will it, ever? Perhaps in a recipe with more delicate flavours…

vanilla extract

Add the flour mixture and mix gently until you get a firm dough.

cookie dough

Make 1 inch balls of the cookie dough and roll in super fine sugar.

Place them on a baking sheet (greased). Flatten with the flat bottom of a glass! (Found this tip very useful).

Bake in a pre-heated oven for  12-15 minutes.

Remove from the oven, let them cool for a few minutes, then cool on a rack. I use the metal racks that came with my microwave.

For the glaze:

Put the choco chips in a bowl. I used chocolate buttons hauled from a trip abroad. These things are like little treasures!

chocolate buttons

Heat the cream in a saucepan until bubbles form at the edges and simply pour the cream over the buttons.

In 5 minutes, the buttons are soft enough to whisk. Just use a hand whisk to mix and the glaze is done!

Dip the half the cookie in the chocolate glaze, then in crushed candy. Use any hard candy that you like, actually. As long as it adds a crunch and it is your fave tasting.

Chill for 30 minutes… and they are good to chew!

candy cookies

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2 Responses to “Mint choco cookies”

  1. Vaishnavi says:

    OMG…I loved the recipe…it looks YUM too..!! want to try TODAY!! :)

    Anu – also pease re-start ur SIAB…i am waiting for ideas for my own lunch…

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  2. Anu says:

    Vaishnavi, I will!!! Been doing some lunch for hubs.. posts coming soon!

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