Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Who Needs Girl Scouts?

I really can't get enough cookies. And since I have more cocoa powder and candy canes left over from the holidays than I know what to do with, I decided to take to the kitchen and create some peppermint-chocolate goodies. These are actually less like cookies, and more like small cakes. The taste is very similar to a Girl Scout's Thin Mint cookie, except it's a soft, fudge-y Fat Mint cookie.

Recipe for Fat Mints (makes about 30 small cookies):
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 stick (8 tbsp) of butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract

For the glaze/topping:

  • 2-3 candy canes, crushed
  • 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp of water

Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl. In a larger bowl, beat the butter and sugar together until it becomes a paste. Beat in the egg and peppermint extract until combined with the butter and sugar mixture. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Shape the dough into rounded teaspoon-sized balls, spread out on a cookie sheet and bake for 12-14 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and water to make the glaze. When the cookies are cooling, spread a little chocolate glaze on top and garnish with the crushed candy canes.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

V, These cookies look divine! You are so clever, did you make this up?