Hubs and I went to a fun wine tasting party at a friend’s house this weekend, and I offered to bring along some Christmas cookies for everyone to nibble on between their glasses of pinots and merlots. So the night before, I decided on some pretty chocolate-mint crackle cookies and dutifully checked the ingredients to make sure I had everything I needed, which I did. Perfection! About 2 hours before the party, I start mixing up some delicious smelling dough, and it was smooth sailing until I hit this step: Chill dough for at least 3 hours…oops. [Insert cursing here]
Moral of the story: Read through the entire recipe before you start baking, otherwise you’ll end up on your friend’s doorstep with a fabulous tube of Pilsbury cookies!
The recipe from Martha Stewart is as follows:
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3/4 teaspoon pure mint extract
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1. Melt chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring.
2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and cocoa in a small bowl.
3. Whisk together granulated sugar, eggs, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Gradually whisk in melted chocolate and mint extract until smooth. Stir in flour mixture. Refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll tablespoons of dough into balls using your palms, then roll in confectioners’ sugar to coat. Transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing each 1 inch apart. Bake until slightly firm in the center, about 15 minutes.
5. Let cool slightly on sheets set on wire racks. Transfer cookies to racks, and let cool completely.
PS. In case you were wondering, these cookies are tasty! They have a soft, brownie-like texture and aren’t excessively sweet, even with a generous dusting of confectioners’ sugar. A hint of mint is the perfect addition to such a snowy looking cookie – definitely holiday party worthy!