This will come as no surprise to anyone but I love baking and cooking different desserts; brownies, the occasional pie, cobblers. I even have a wonderful recipe for a lemon blueberry torte that is fabulous.
What may come as a surprise is that I am not much of a cake eater. Unless the words "pound" or "cheese" come first; then I am all about it.
I've also never spent a lot of time making cookies from scratch. (Yet some how I still have twenty-one cookie recipes pinned. Make of that what you will.) I'm not a huge fan of the Toll House recipe...yeah, I know the earth just tilted side ways for some of you but they just aren't that good to me. And I will be completely honest the pre-made dough makes it so much simpler to whip up a batch and you still get that fresh baked cookie smell in your house.
But then I came across this recipe and just had to try it. It caught my eye because it looked tasty and was easy to make. And because it's chocolate and mint. And who doesn't like chocolate and mint cookies?
You begin by unwrapping (and maybe eating a few) Andes mints.
A box of chocolate cake mix, 1/2 cup of oil, and two eggs gives you a really yummy cookie dough.
Drop the dough by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake anywhere from 6 to 9 minutes. You may think that's not long enough but believe me you do not want to over bake them. Part of what makes them so delicious is their texture.
Well, that and the melted goodness on top. Melted goodness? Yes, those minty chocolate rectangles get slapped on top of the cookies as soon as the come out of the oven.
Let them sit for about 5 minutes and then use a spoon to spread it all around. You can gobble them up right away or wait so the chocolate can set. I did both and really can't say which one tasted better.
I made them a second time and tried making half of them with Hershey's Bliss Raspberry Meltaways but they chocolate never did set. They tasted great but you couldn't transport them anywhere.
I do a lot of baking for gift giving over the holidays and I am pretty sure this one will go on the must-do list. Maybe in a basket with hot cocoa and other such goodies. What do you think?