It’s December, and that means #ChristmasCookies! For the entire week, dozens of bloggers will be posting recipes from the simple to the fantastically crazy for all your cookie swap and baking ambition needs. Even better, this week is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey, which means we have a sweet giveaway!
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I should be upfront and tell you that Thin Mint Crinkle Cookies are a very simple variation of my favorite Chocolate Crinkles. I had grander schemes in mind, but what I wrote last year is still true: the recipe is so good that it doesn’t need more than gentle tweaking. (Also it turns out that recipe is so good that if a baker makes the dough, a non-baker will work through the shaping and rolling and baking in order to eat them. They’re a baking gateway cookie.)
This variation started life as a mocha peppermint cookie, but the amount of coffee extract necessary was starting to make the cookies taste like deep chocolate earth, soon just to taste like…dirt. So I backed off and let these have more of a thin mint flavor: like dark chocolate with pops of refreshing mint.
I will say that I bought whatever mint chips I could find at the store, which turned out to be Guittard [<- Amazon affiliate link!]. I’m really happy with them, though–great flavor and nice and melty. If I could find these in mini, I would be over the moon, because I think the tiny-ness would be even more fun in these cookies.
The other secret ingredient, the coffee extract, was provided by Nielsen-Massey [<- Amazon affiliate link!]. I requested coffee flavor not knowing what I would make, but it turns out that things like coffee extract and espresso powder are often the secret ingredient to chocolate desserts. In small amounts, they add depth without screaming COFFEE!
Will these replace my beloved chocolate crinkles? I don’t know. I love those simple, cute cookies for what they are for a reason. But this thin mint version is deliciously cool and chocolately, perhaps even better for cookie swaps and parties. Let’s just agree to love them both.
Based on my own favorite cookie recipe.
1/2 cup oil
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons coffee extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour (240 grams)
1 1/2 cups mint chips
Combine oil, chocolate, and sugar. Stir in eggs one at a time, followed by coffee extract.
In a separate bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Add to wet ingredients a little at a time until dough is well mixed. Mix in mint chips.
Cover dough and chill at least 2 hours.
Preheat oven to 350. Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper. Have a separate bowl with about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar ready (add more as needed).
Shape tablespoons of dough, which will still be soft, into 1" balls and roll in powdered sugar.
Bake for 10-12 minutes (they'll still appear undercooked). Allow to stand 1 minute before removing to cooling racks.
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