Cookies, St. Patricks Day

Mint Chocolate Sables a.k.a Thin Mints

March 17, 2013

Ah, baking. It’s good to be back.

It’s good for my health, er – maybe not. My waistline may not agree in that sense (I literally ate 5 of these cookies for breakfast this morning..and that’s all). But, good for my mental health.

School has been exhausting. I am officially finished my long practicum. It was physically and mentally exhausting, exciting, and thoroughly enjoying. I have only my final to write now, and my last few days in second grade as a student teacher. Soon I’ll be returning to campus to begin my summer semester to complete my teaching degree. I must say, after being in school for 20 years, since kindergarten… I’m a little over school. I feel like I have been in school my entire life (which, basically I have been) I’ve only ever taken one semester off, and took two summer semesters back to back as well. There was as time when I had 5 semesters of school without a break, full time. Definitely ready to be finished.

So yeah, baking again has made me happy. I finally have time to bake, and take photographs (while It is still light out; thank goodness for daylight savings).

A lot has happened since I blogged last. Adam turned the big 2-9. We had a housewarming / birthday party all in one last weekend, which was really fun. I’ll be posting pictures of the house soon! I took him out for dinner and went to the casino, which was less fun. The dinner was unfortunately terrible, and we lost at the casino. Oh well, c’est la vie.

One thing I will never pay for as well, is cookies. I mean like boxed, off the shelf cookies. I have recently made  Graham Crackers, which were so much better than store bought. After having a boxed chocolate chip cookie at school I really couldn’t believe the taste of them – so processed, and chemical. The only cookies I have bought, are Girl Guide Cookies. Who can resist – and it’s for a good cause, so you have to. My favourite type are the Thin Mint cookies. So. Good. Especially frozen. Something about March and St. Patrick’s day make people go green and mint crazy. So, naturally I had to make some thin mints of my own. I also made a delicious minty-smoothie the other night with banana, ice, almond milk, cocoa and mint chocolate chips. Blend everything, and enjoy.

St. Patty’s Day

I started off with an oreo type cookie dough (I’ve seen people make thin mints by simply removing the oreo stuffing from a cookie, and dipping the chocolate cookie into mint chocolate… not quite the same). I dipped these in melted mint-chocolate, this was a little messy, so I decided to just top them with mint chocolate instead.

FYI – these are even better frozen, or refrigerated. They are cool, crisp, and minty. Addicting.

Mint Chocolate Sables
makes approx. 3-4 dozen small cookies
cookie recipe adapted from Smitten Kitten’s cookbook, brownie roll-out cookies 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (I used the Rapunzel Organic Cocoa I got from iHerb. 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Mint Chocolate Chips, OR chocolate and mint extract

Directions:

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Whisk flour and baking powder in bowl and set aside. Mix butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and cocoa in mixer. Gradually add flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.

Roll out cookie dough on lightly floured counter. Use a cookie cutter to cut out your desired shapes, I used a 2” fluted circle, and a regular circle (double sided cutter). Bake on un-greased cookie sheet for about 12 minutes, until edges are firm and centres slightly puffed.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool.

In a small bowl melt mint chocolate chips, or chocolate, over double boiler. You can also microwave on 1 minute intervals at 60% power, and stir until smooth. If using regular dark chocolate, add in a drop or two of peppermint extract.
 
Using a spoon, place a dollop of chocolate in centre of cooled cookie, using the back of the spoon to smooth out a circle on top. Allow to cool completely. You may want to place them in the fridge for 5-1o minutes to set. I highly recommend eating them cold, as they are crisp and minty cool.
 
Store in container once fully set. Can be refrigerated or frozen.
 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen March 19, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Your cookies look gorgeous and they sound delicious!

    • Reply Alicia March 20, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      Thanks Rosie! The combination of mint and chocolate is one of my absolute favourites!!

  • Reply Nancy @ gottagetbaked March 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I know how you feel about school. I was in post-secondary for 9 years (yup, count ‘em, NINE!) and by the last year, I was going crazy! Sometimes I miss being a student, but only because work can be a real drag sometimes ;) Good luck with the last part of your degree! As for these thin mints – wow, they look amazing! Thin mints are my fave but like you, I refuse to buy processed cookies anymore (even though they are for a good cause). I love that you can make a version at home.

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