In my naivety, I attempted a classic family cookie recipe for the Ugly Sweater party over the weekend (don’t worry…photo below). I knew it was simple. I knew how to google. I thought I was set.
Jessica, one of my dear sister-in-laws, makes totally killer mint chocolate chip mini cookies for just a few events throughout the year. I inhale them with abandon.
They are like thin mints on steroids. Fudgy-fresh. Best eaten chilled.
Well, long story short, my googled recipe didn’t turn out as good as Jessica’s. They were fine out of the oven (a little fluffy, perhaps) but, once they were cold, they just didn’t have the magic… In fact, my coworker Elizabeth said they were like rocks. (In my defense, they had been open on the counter at the office for two days…). Thanks for the reality-check, Elizabeth. :)
Soooo, I crawled humbly back to Jessica for the real recipe, which she generously gave me.
Folks, this is a closely-guarded FreshlyMinted family secret…. feel privileged. Very privileged.
And thank Jessica next time you see her for saving this post. Even though when she emailed the recipe to me she started her note with:
I can’t believe I’m doing this, but here it is…
We love each other… we really do ;)
Top-Secret Mint Chocolate Cookies
- 1 box chocolate cake mix (How cool is that?)
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 bag pre-chopped Andes mints (If you can’t find these, you can chop them yourself. Or, you can use seasonal mint chocolate chips…. heath bar, M&Ms…possibilities are endless!)
- Combine cake mix, oil, and eggs in a large bowl. Stir in mints.
- Drop by rounded teaspoon on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 6-8 minutes.
- Note:There is an art to baking these cookies to perfection. You underbake – they won’t hold their shape; you overbake – they are too crunchy; you find that very sweet spot in the middle – you’ve baked a soft version of the Thin Mint that tastes like heaven in your mouth.
(And beware…there are a lot of imposter “Cake Box Cookies” out there. Listen to my Sister-in law, and spare yourself the humiliation of breaking your co-workers teeth.)
Some more of our holiday fun for your enjoyment…
It’s almost here… Merry Christmas!
Now my other SIL, Ashley, knows she is next on my hostile-takeover-recipe list… her famous rolls, maybe? No one is safe… Haha!