chocolate mint condition

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Let it be known that I am a huge fan of the mint chocolate flavour profile. I know I am not alone. Facebook told me so.

A few of you asked about these cookies since I posted a photo of them. They were seriously too easy and felt like cheating, the baking equivalent of making anything for dinner that calls for Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup.

It’s simple: two slightly crunchy biscuits hugging one delicious After Eight dinner mint. They taste like glorified Girl Guide cookies, or for you Aussies in the bunch, like Mint Slices dressed in their Sunday best. Because these are Christmas cookies, they have to turn heads. Dark chocolate drizzle for the win.

I baked these cookies to the letter and they were perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. Make sure you monitor the temperature of the dough as you go. The shape of the finished product is important so keep the dough nearly frozen for the best results. I tested the shape a few different sized squares before settling on this one. It’s roughly 1.5 inches and has festive fluted edges. I conveniently ate the rejects.

Once you take the cookies out of the oven, set a timer for one minute and one minute only. Alternatively, hum a Christmas song to pass the time. This is to prevent your fingers from burning as you proceed.

Quickly remove half the cookies from the baking sheet and place them upside down on your work surface. Place an After Eight mint gently on top and then top it off with another cookie. There is no need to press down. The heat from the cookies is enough to marry those gorgeous biscuits to the mint.

Let the cookies cool on the counter for a few minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. (I stored mine in the fridge for 48 hours before I got around to garnishing them. They were still perfect.) Melt yourself some good quality chocolate and go to town decorating your little square pieces of mint chocolate heaven. Lick the spoon. Lick the bowl. Lick the counter. Don’t let that chocolate go to waste.

And that’s that. They freeze beautifully and store easily because of their shape.

Christmas calls for elaborate cookies. Motherhood calls for time management and a reality check. I think these cookies are just the ticket. Did I mention they are crazy addictive and positively delicious? I hope you like them.

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