Homemade Thin Mints

She’s a tough cookie. But as sweet as can be. I was lucky enough to grow up with a Grandma who embodied not only the sweet and loving qualities all Grandmas should have, but also the strong qualities every young girl should witness while growing up. Everyone can see that she is a loving mother, grandmother & wife who made sure to take good care of all those she loved, but it is also clear that she has always been a strong woman. No one could ever doubt that she could take care of herself. One of my fondest memories of my grandparents together is when Grandma demonstrated her “tough cookie demeanor” by taking care of some business over the phone. She never raised her voice, but she made it clear to whoever she was speaking with that she was not some lady you could push around. This exchange caused my Grandpa to look at me and laugh saying “She really doesn’t take crap from anyone, does she?” And you could tell this was one of the many reasons he loved her so much. Back when they were dating, she let him know that she would not marry him until he had a good job with “a public utility.” Telephone, electric, gasoline…it didn’t matter which utility provided him with a paycheck, she just wanted to assure he had a job with security. So, knowing she was not the type to be swayed, he marched right to Michigan Bell and got himself a job at the phone company. He then followed with another proposal, which she promptly said yes too. I always loved that story growing up. It epitomizes the strong willed, smart woman she is. The type of woman I hope I can be as well. I’ve learned a lot from my Grandma. She taught me how to make stuffed peppers, and how to make thousands (literally thousands) of Christmas cookies each year through proper planning and patience. She taught me how to transform a simple get-together into a festive affair with just a few small touches. But most importantly, she taught me what it means to be a strong woman. And as my Grandpa would say…”not to take crap from anyone.” So when this very special lady requested a certain type of cookie…you better believe I got baking. These mint cookies are enveloped in semi sweet chocolate making them quite similar to that cookie made famous by the Girl Scouts. I used the same cookie base as my Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, with a few minor adjustments to make them more reminiscent of those addictive Thin Mints. So before the Girl Scouts start appearing around town with all their colorful boxes, try this recipe to share with a woman you love. Because if you share some cookies, it is pretty likely that she’ll share some stories with you. And in my mind, that’s a pretty great exchange.
Ingredients: Makes 2 dozen
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips (16 oz)

Preparation

  1. Sift flour cocoa, baking powder, baking soda & salt in a bowl; set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, beat butter and sugar with a mixer until creamy
  3. Beat egg, then yolk into butter mixture
  4. Beat in peppermint extract
  5. Slowly add flour mixture and beat until well mixed
  6. Divide dough into two disks and wrap with plastic wrap
  7. Chill disks for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days)
  8. After chilling, roll dough out on a floured surface
  9. With a cookie cutter of your choice, cut out cookies and place on a greased cookie sheet
  10. Place full cookie sheets in the freezer and freeze for 10 minutes
  11. Next, place cookies in the oven at 325 and bake for 12 minutes
  12. In the meantime, melt chocolate until smooth
  13. Dip cooled cookies into melted chocolate and place on a cooling rack to let excess chocolate drip off

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