White Chocolate Mint Almond Cookies

12.07.2012



I´m finally joining the Chocolate Party this month. The secret ingredient is mint, not hard to guess; it´s a combination I find incredibly flavorful and versatile. Not to mention its undeniable holiday spirit. This little blog had already gotten into the minty spirit with these chocolate mint cookies and white chocolate tea cake. Both amazing, amazing, amazing.


At the time I made the above mentioned cookies, which have dark chocolate in them, I had started with a different idea. The one that I finally pulled off today. A basic chocolate chip cookie with almonds, mint and white chocolate chunks. At that time all I baked was a very greasy cookie, that spread horribly and had you screaming `where´s the mint?´.


So my head was made up about this month´s recipe. It had to be a great version of the original one. As I find myself doing a lot lately, I went to the sources and began with the traditional chocolate chip cookie.

When you start with a good recipe it´s not hard to come up with a great variation. One that will appeal to everyone and will make great holiday gifts. So a lucky friend is getting cookies from me. Something I intend to make every year, you know homemade gifts, but hasn´t happened for a long time.


I´m not a cookie person as I told you in this post. But there are details I think make a good cookie even better. Chocolate chunks instead of chips for starters. I don´t think it even deserves a debate. Chunks trump chips every time.

Then we have to consider the nuts. As much as I like walnuts coarsely chopped, I like almonds to be left whole. And toasted. It´s a whole different flavor with toasted nuts, no matter which ones you use. So the second point is made.


Third, the mint flavor. I really, really, really wanted to use only fresh mint, but it didn´t come through. I had a feeling it would when I remembered that this cake had no mint flavor going into the oven, but in these cookies it didn´t happen. So I had to add mint extract. A tiny bit, but absolutely necessary.
So, all of that said, and at the risk of sounding a bit bitchy, since I hardly ever eat cookies, so what do I know right? The details make a cookie. But then again, the details make any baked thing go from good to great.


If you want to join us for a Chocolate Party every month, go to Roxana´s blog and learn more about it. She has some hard to resist baked goodies.


We´ve already paired chocolate with apples in this chocolate apple crisp, pumpkin in fluffy pumpkin chocolate pancakes, and sour cherry chocolate scones because I´m not able to find cranberries.


WHITE CHOCO MINT ALMOND COOKIES
adapted from this Betty Crocker Cookbook

These cookies don´t spread much. The yield given is for medium cookies.

Makes about 3 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup (225g) unsalted butter, at room tº
¼ cup chopped fresh mint, packed
¾ cup (150g) sugar
½ cup (100g) firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup almond meal (or finely ground almonds)
1 egg
2 ¼ cups (315g) all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon mint extract
1 cup white chocolate chunks
1 cup whole almonds, toasted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or silpat.
In a large bowl mix butter with fresh mint. Add both sugars and mix well. Add almond meal and egg. Mix well.
Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until it´s thoroughly combined. Add almonds, mint extract and chocolate chunks. Mix well.
Drop rounded tablespoons onto baking tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
Cool on wire rack.

16 comments:

  1. These cookies look good! I'm not a big fan of mint mixed with other ingredients. I like mint to be just mint, unless its a mojito, but your cookies make me want to try them!

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  2. What I wouldn't give for a tall glass of lemonade with these cookies :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  3. Oh my! Cookies are the favorite dessert at my house, especially with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream! I try my best to lure them with tarts, pies and cakes, but no! I'm listening to the drum beat of mint paired with almonds and chocolate and finding the sweet spot my family craves. What a voluptuous treat for my special cookie lovers!

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  4. Wow, these look sooo good. And I agree, chunks beat the heck out of chips in my book. And the fact that I can't find white chocolate chips means I always make my own [generous sized] chunks. :)

    I love the festive addition of the mint and the added crunch of the almonds. I'd bet that these are divine, even if you're not a cookie person.

    -Lisa.
    Sweet 2 Eat Baking

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  5. These look amazing! I always love the pairing of almonds and chocolate. Can't wait to try these soon! Thanks for posting.

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  6. Love the texture of these, Paula. Yum! I love the idea of almond meal in the recipe.

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  7. I've never tried mint with nuts in a cookie, but it sound so good! Absolutely delicious looking, Paula. :)

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  8. I think you've mastered Cookies 101 and MORE! These look excellent...glad to see you back for this month's Chocolate Party :)

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  9. These look like lovely thick cookies, yum!

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  10. I'm not a big fan of regular chocolate chip cookies but these look like a good alternative that I might enjoy. The mint sounds yummy/interesting.

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  11. Ooh, white chocolate mint sounds good!

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  12. That seems a pretty nice combination. It can be a gift for Christmas to friends and loved ones. Everyone surely love sweets as presents.

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  13. Oh these sound wonderful! Excellent looking little gems!! You can’t go wrong with mint and chocolate!

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  14. What a great combination of mints and almonds - sounds wonderul!

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  15. Lovely as always!! Thank you for sharing on our Holiday Sweets Round Up.

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