Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Mint Crinkle


It's week three of Kim's and my cookie collaboration (check out Week 1 and Week 2!) which means another week closer to Christmas and a week LESS of time to get everything done! I am starting to feel the panic. Holiday parties, lack of presents wrapped, lack of shopping completed, and a crazy work schedule to get everything done before winter breaks starts. Oh boy. Thank goodness I baked cookies so the chocolate can help me through the stress. Chocolate has endorphins, right? At least I feel happier after eating some! 

I love chocolate crinkle cookies and I added some mint extract to give these cookies a little something extra. Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations around the holidays!

1. Well, what are you waiting for? Get out all the stuff! You'll need 1/2c. butter, softened, 1 2/3c. sugar, 2t. vanilla, 2 eggs, 1/3c. cocoa, 2t. baking powder, 1/2t. salt, 2c. flour, 1/3c. milk, and powdered sugar.

2. Don't forget the mint extract! I added approximately 2T. to my batch. They have a nice minty flavor, but it's not overwhelming.

3. Cream together the butter and sugar. 

4. Add in the remaining ingredients, except the powdered sugar. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. I chilled mine overnight. 

5. Take the batter by teaspoonful, roll and coat in powdered sugar. I did not roll the dough. I find that to be very messy and the dough softens too much from the heat of your hands. I just took a spoonful at a time and dropped it into the powdered sugar and rolled it around. They weren't perfectly round on the cookie sheet, but they rounded out nicely as they baked. 

6. Bake at 350F for 14-15 minutes. Cool on tray.


Make sure you check out Kim's Candy Cane cookies! These would be such a pretty, and colorful addition to your cookie tray this holiday season! 


Chocolate Mint Crinkle Cookies
Ingredients:
1/2c. butter, softened
1 2/3c. sugar
2t. vanilla
1 1/2-2T. mint extract
2 eggs
1/3c. cocoa
2t. baking powder
1/2t. salt
2c. flour
1/3c. milk
powdered sugar

Directions:
1. Cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla, mint extract, eggs, cocoa, oil, baking powder, and salt. Add flour alternately with milk. Chill 3 hours. 
2. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease cookie sheets. Roll teaspoonfuls of chilled dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar. Bake 15 minutes. Cool on sheet before removing. Makes approximately 4 dozen. 

12 comments:

  1. YUM! I love Christmas treats with mint. Sunday is my Christmas baking day, looking forward to adding some new recipes into the rotation!

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  2. chocolate crinkles are my favorite cookie of all time! the mint is a new twist! I will be trying it out!! Susan

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  3. Both of those cookies look so yummy & so pretty. I am dying over those Candy Cane Cookies. So darn cute.

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  4. Yummo! Mint and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combos any time of year (Thin Mints, anyone?). I am SO making these. Because my husband hates mint and chocolate together (the heathen), so MORE FOR ME!

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  5. Word. (See what I did there? Haha.)

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  6. I love mint and chocolate, especially around this time of year. Hope your holiday baking went well!

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  7. Hope you like it Susan! :)

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  8. Haha! There are so many grammatical errors I hear other people make that drive me nuts!

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  9. They are so adorable! Kim and her daughter did a great job!

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  10. I can't believe there are people that don't like mint and chocolate! ;) But yes, more for you!

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  11. I'm not a chocolate fan but I do love chocolate mint. These cookies sound and look delish!

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