I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with these for a while now.
This is sort of my vice (well, I may have a lot of food vices), but this is one that the husband tries not to support (he tries to save room for my desserts instead).
One of my big memories from growing up is making trips to CVS with my mom and sister every time we were at the mall. Our visit was solely to seek out candy on sale. M&Ms, chocolate bars, skittles, you name it we’d buy it (oh, unless it had coconut in it). I grew up with multiple filled candy dishes around the house. As kids, our friends ALWAYS liked coming over for that reason. Actually, I think they still like it as grown-ups:-) Anyway, now after every holiday, I make a trip to CVS to check out what candy is on sale. There is always a use for Hershey Kisses and Reeses Peanut Butter cups in my opinion, even if the candy is orange and brown, pink and red, or red and green. Luckily, if stored well and you can’t decide what to do with it for 10 months, your candy will still be in good shape.
Then, a few days ago, I started thinking about chewy chocolate cookies. Not chocolate chip cookies, but the chocolate chocolate kind that is almost brownie like in flavor and texture. I thought, now this is the perfect use for the mint chocolate bars. Who needs plain chips when you can have minty chocolate chunks instead? I made Chewy Chocolaty Cookies with Mint with this cookie dough recipe.
These cookies are rich, sweet, chocolaty, chewy and really melt in your mouth. They also have a good deal of mint from the candy melting into them when you bake them. The recipe is pretty basic as far as cookies go and the hardest part is just chopping up your chocolates.
Here are the steps:
Chop candy bars into chunks (no precision needed)
Mix together the dry ingredients and set aside
Now, cream your butter and sugar. There is a lot of it, that is why they are so good:-)
Beat in the sugar, eggs and vanilla
Gradually add your dry ingredients with mixer on low. Then mix at medium speed until well-combined
Stir in your candy bar chunks
Drop dough in heaping tablespoons on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and bake at 375 for 8 minutes
They will come out with only a slight puff (this cookie isn’t meant to be fat and puffy)
Chewy Chocolaty Cookies with Mint
Makes ~4 dozen large cookies
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
Dash of salt
1 ¼ cup unsalted butter (2 ½ stick) at room temperature
2 cups granulated Sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups chopped mint flavored candy bars (I used an entire 10 ounce bag)
Pre-heat oven to 375
Chop candy bars into chunks and set aside
Mix together the dry ingredients, except for sugar, and set aside
Cream your butter and sugar
Beat in the, eggs and vanilla
Gradually add your dry ingredients with mixer on low; then mix at medium speed until well-combined
Stir in chopped candy
Drop dough in heaping tablespoons on baking sheets lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart
Bake at 375 for 8 minutes or until cookies are slightly puffy
Let cool on cooling rack
Do you have any surprising vices to share?