Friday, August 13, 2010

Fresh From The Garden Mint Cookies

Reasons why it's a good day to bake cookies:

  • I haven't baked any since last Christmas.

  • My sweet tooth is calling.

  • The mint is going gangbusters in the herb garden.

What's that? 
You've never put fresh mint in cookies?
Well, I hadn't either until I tried these a few years ago.  Now I make them at least once each summer.
I find chocolate and mint to be a tasty and refreshing combination.

See how pretty the little flecks of fresh mint look in the dough.
After they are baked you dip them halfway into melted chocolate.  I thought this picture looks like it could be their school picture.  If I knew how to draw faces in photo editing, I would have.  Some could be smiling, others could frown, a few would have glasses and at least one would have their eyes closed.  Good thing I don't possess this skill or the cookies might never be finished.

Milk and cookies ~ now there's a combo I'll never outgrow.

Fresh From The Garden Mint Cookies

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

  • 3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 cup fresh mint, finely chopped

  • 1-2/3 cups bittersweet chocolate chips

  • 1 tablespoon shortening
In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.  Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk.  Stir in mint.  Shape into two 8 inch rolls; wrap each in parchment paper.  Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
Unwrap and cut into 1/4 inch slices.  Place 1 inch apart on greased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8-12 minutes or until edges are golden.  Remove to wire racks to cool.
In a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth.  Dip each cookie halfway into chocolate; shake off excess.  Place on parchment paper to harden.
Yield:  about 4-1/2 dozen.


  1. I have fresh mint in my yard! I'm going to copy this recipe! Looks delicious! I use most of my mint in tea! ♥

  2. These look yummy I love your reasons to bake you show much more restraint than I do though!

  3. OH, YUM-O!! I've been using a lot of my mint lately.
    I'd love to try these. Thanks for the recipe!
    Have a fun weekend!

  4. We have mint everywhere. I am going to try these!

  5. Oh, these cookies sound delish! Mint is big on this side of the world, especially in hot tea. I am definitely gonna have to give this recipe a try. Mint won't grow on our balcony right now because of the heat, but I can get it at the grocery store. Thanks for sharing! Best wishes, Tammy

  6. You can take something as simple and delicious as a garden mint cookie and make it in to an interesting and so attractive looking post. I love the part about the school picture and their little faces. Your creativity comes alive with each post. The combination of chocolate and mint sounds perfect to me. I want to try these cookies. I tried reaching through the computer this morning thinking how good they would be with my cup of coffee. Thank you for the recipe.

    Hope you have a good weekend!

  7. Hi Kim ~ Such a sweet and pretty posting! Thank you for sharing the recipe...we have fresh mint in an abundance! Sweet weekend blessings!

  8. I had beautiful mint last year, but it's dead as can be this year.
    I've never tasted mint cookies, but these look so good, and the combination of ingredients sounds delicious.
    I need to buy a new mint plant.....

  9. Funny we were baking cookies at the same time. I've copied your recipe. They look delicious.

  10. Hi Kim!

    I've never had mint and chocolate before but it does sound really good! Pretty too!


  11. These sound absolutely delicious! I have mint growing. Both peppermint and spearmint.

  12. Kim, These look delish! I just copied the recipe and I'm going to make them. Yum!


  13. Your mint cookies dipped in chocolate and enjoyed with a glass of milk - reminds me of mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yummy! :)

  14. Those look most delicious...even to someone who is not a chocolate lover.

  15. Hi Kim,
    Oh my! these mint cookies look so good.. its making my month water... Really it is! can you please wrap some up and send them my way LOL...
    Have a sweet day,,,, I think you just did!
    Big hugs~Elizabeth

  16. YUM...and thats something I will never out grow either...milk and cookies! These sound awesome! ;D

  17. Oh my goodness and golly gracious! What a wonderful idea! I've added this to my recipe box "gotta make soon" section. Thanks for sharing the yummy idea! :)

  18. I love mint ice cream so I am certain I would love these mint cookies.


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