mint thins, and a giveaway

*Contest Closed*

As a food blogger, you get offered a lot of odd things for free. My all-time favorite? Kangaroo meat. I wish I were joking.

It’s every blogger’s own decision whether to accept swag or not. Personally, I believe that my blog is all mine, and I don’t do any sponsored posts here. If companies want to send me something, I’m cool with it. I just don’t promise to write about it.

My other rule of thumb is that when I receive things that I honestly do like—things that I would recommend to you all—I have to give them away to you guys. That’s why I’m excited to be handing over this great cookbook from Quirk Books, and a little bummed that I’m not keeping it for myself.

The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando (who also writes for Serious Eats), is yes, you guessed it—an cookie encyclopedia. It’s cute and colorful and full of tips for churning out perfect cookies. I do believe this cookbook was tailor made for me.

There are recipes for chocolate lovers.

Recipes for ambitious bakers.

Pretty photos to gaze at even if you don’t bake at all. And if you love to bake, there are recipes for every cookie under the sun, from buttery to spicy to fruity.

I even found a recipe for one of my all-time favorites: mint thins. Or in Girl Scout land, the über popular “Thin Mints.”

It would be irresponsible of me to not test out a recipe from the book before handing it over to one of you. So I just *had* to make them. And as it turns out, they weren’t as labor-intensive as I thought they would be. And worth every minute of preparation.

You begin by churning a thick, buttery dough in the mixer.

After letting it chill, you roll it out and cut into circles.

Bake, then dip in a blissful blend of chocolate and peppermint…

…and twiddle your thumbs as they cool.

In Lucy’s case, twiddle your tiny, very impatient thumbs.

Savor. Lick the melted chocolate from your fingers.

They are, in my approximate estimation, about 11,957 times better than the Girl Scout version. No offense, little ladies.

Try them for yourself using the recipe below. And if you want to try your hand at other types of cool cookies, enter to win The Cookiepedia in the comments. I’ll announce the winner next week!

Contest Rules

  1. To enter to win The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando, simply tell me in the comments: What is your favorite type of cookie?
  2. U.S. addresses only, please. I’m paying for the shipping myself, y’all. One entry per person.
  3. A magical random number winner picker computer thingie (that’s it’s technical name) will choose the winner next week.
And the winner is…
Karen! Karen said, “My favorite cookie is chocolate chip. Maybe a little boring but eating one while still warm from the oven with a glass of milk always makes me smile.” Karen, you’re my soul sister. Soul. Sister. I’ll be emailing you with the details. Thanks everyone for entering!

Mint Thins from The Cookiepedia by Stacy Adimando        printable version

Nobody you know will not come by when you say you’re baking homemade mint thins. (If they don’t so much as ask, consider defriending them immediately.) The question is: Do you want to share? The baking and dunking takes no time (especially if you taste as you go), but these bite-sized treats do hold up best (and taste yummiest) once the mint chocolate has had ample time to set. If you’re protective of your stash, store them in the freezer. They’re best with a chill anyway.

Preheat oven to 350F. Makes 3 1/2 dozen cookies.

  • 1 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 c cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/4 c unsalted butter
  • 3/4 tsp peppermint flavor
1. Cream the butter until it’s light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the flour mixture by halves, beating to incorporate after each addition.

2. Turn out the dough onto a clean surface and form it into a disk with your hands. Split the disk in half and place them in the fridge to firm up for 1 hour.

3. Working on a floured surface (you’ll need a decent amount, since the dough is sticky), roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thick. Shape the cookies using a 1 1/2-inch round cutter and place them on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then let cool completely.

4. Break up the chocolate into a bowl and set it over a small pot of simmering water* (make sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Add the butter and the peppermint flavor and stir the mixture steadily until it’s fully melted and looks glossy and smooth. Remove the bowl and let the chocolate cool slightly.

5. One by one, drop the cookies in the chocolate, then scoop them out with a fork to let the excess drip off. (Tap the cookies against the side of the bowl to help drain the extra chocolate). Move them carefully to a wire rack or parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. When they’re all coated, move the sheet to the refrigerator or freezer to set.

*Note from RDG: If the chocolate gets too hot, it will harden. To reconstitute it, add a little vegetable oil and/or milk and stir until it comes back to a smooth consistency.

 

Comments

  1. Favorite Cookie: I’m not sure what it’s called so I’ll go with “The AMAZING Cookie”…A peanut butter cookie with a peanut butter cup baked inside. Who does that? A cookie genius.

  2. My favorite cookie would have to be the ever-original snickerdoodle, big and soft, with lots of cinnamon & sugar on top!

  3. Those look absolutely scrumptious. I think if I had access to a book like this I would make time (not just find time) for baking.

    My favorite cookie is not really a cookie – I really like shortbread, which can be presented as a cookie. Second favorite is oatmeal chocolate chip.

  4. Those look so good! My favorite type of cookie is the drop cookie.. the chocolate chip drop cookie. I love it because of all the different ways it can be made.. plain and flat and buttery and with oatmeal or nuts or raisins or anything you want goes with a chocolate chip cookie and there is no rolling or chilling or cookie cutters.. easy as can be and always come out great!

  5. My favorite cookie is a family recipe called an O’Henry Bar. It has oats, brown sugar, butter, vanilla and corn syrup on the bottom. After that is baked, then top w/ a mixture of melted chocolate chips and peanut butter. Freeze em them cut into whatever size bar you want! Delish!

  6. Those look amazing, though I’m skeptical about them tasting better than Thin Mints…okay, no I’m not, because they look SO AMAZING!!

    My favorite cookie is a snickerdoodle.

  7. My favorite cookie is a toffee hazelnut chocolate chip cookie.

  8. I’m a big fan of snickerdoodle cookies this week. I’m sure next week it will change 🙂

  9. I don’t know what they are really called, but my mom always called them “reverse chocolate chip.” It’s a chocolate cookie with white chocolate chips. I know it’s not very exotic but I love them and they remind me of home!

  10. My favorite cookie of all time is basically a sugar cookie with amazing toppings. I bake the sugar cookie and when they come out put a dip in the top of it with a spoon. In that dip you put your favorite kind of jam/jelly (apricot for me). Add some of your favorite nuts (walnuts). Drizzle on melted chocolate (dark). Mmmm, they’re super yummy!

  11. Pumpkin chocolate chip! Can’t wait for some fall weather here in LA (yeah right, I know…)

  12. My favorite cookie (at the moment – it seems to change every few months) is a flourless peanut butter cookie w/chocolate chunks.

  13. Libby in WI says:

    My favorite cookie is hands down my mom’s oatmeal raisin cookies. They are cake like and made with lard, which in WI means LOVE!

  14. Lemon bars for me please!

  15. This is maybe the first time that I’m sad I live in Finland 🙁 No book for me. But I’ll make the mint thins and see if I feel better!

    • Also, I’m really pleased that someone spells the name Stacy without the e for a girl. People are always telling me my name is the male version of Stacy. Are they unsure I’m female? Do I need to flash?! 🙂

  16. I want those Mint Thins. YUM.

    (Then again, maybe it’s better for my pants that I don’t have the ability to make them at home? Naaahhhhh…. This is why god gave us stretchy pants.)

  17. My favorite cookie is most definitely my mom’s chocolate chip cookie brittle — which is CRAZY because of my strong distaste for crunchy cookies.
    But there was something about finding a lil bag of them secretly slipped into my lunch that made me the Queen of the Cafeteria. Especially when she’d melt some chocolate chips over the top before breaking it into pieces.
    yummmmmmm, yea. I gotta go make a snack for my housemates tomorrow.:)

  18. Oh man 🙁 What if I go COD on the postage?? 😉

    For the record, I’m currently having a love affair with chocolate-centred Oreos….

  19. My favorite cookie is an underbaked chocolate chip cookie. Gooey and chocolatey! My favorite.

  20. Hi Jenny!!

    My favorite cookie is just about any type or variation of peanut butter. (It doesn’t have to have chocolate, but I wouldn’t turn them down if there is some in there!) To me, peanut butter is the nectar of the gods. 🙂

    Thanks!! 🙂

  21. I am a huge chocolate lover, so a deep dark rich chocolate cookie would definitely be my favorite 🙂

  22. My favorite cookie? A Black & White cookie. Done right its the best thing ever.

  23. Favorite cookie… sugar cookie or the crackly chocolate cookies with powdered sugar… yum!!

  24. Imma have to agree with Jessica and say shortbread, because omg butter. But if forced to stick with the cookie format I pick snickerdoodles (soft ones, not crunchy).

  25. Red velvet whoopie pies with cream cheese filling…heavenly. pretty much any whoopie pie with cream cheese filling actually…

  26. I love that cookbook because it has so many photos – I’m very visual and love when cookbooks have photos of the majority of their recipes.

    As far as my favorite cookie, it would have to be a cookie I made all the time with my grandmother growing up in Iowa. The cookie is very simple to make….take two Wheat Thins and sandwich them together with a nice big spoonful of peanut butter in between. Then, like the mint thins, you dunk them in hardening chocolate and let them sit. So delicious.

  27. Karen Martens says:

    My favorite cookie is chocolate chip. Maybe a little boring but eating one while still warm from the oven with a glass of milk always makes me smile.

  28. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip! 🙂

  29. Grandma-made molasses!

  30. I love the no-bake cookies, made with cocoa powder, butter, peanut butter, and oatmeal – I’m a fan of just about any cookie (heck, any baked good), but I can really get a hankering for these 🙂

  31. My favorite cookie is peanut butter cookies. I just love peanut butter so much!

  32. My favorite cookie is chock full of chocolate chips, m&m’s and maybe some coconut 🙂

  33. My favorite cookie is any kind that uses both peanut butter and chocolate!

  34. I really love a good snickerdoodle!

  35. favorite cookie is a REALLY tough question. does unbaked chocolate chip cookie dough count?? if not, then I’d go with soft peanut butter cookies with the Hershey’s kiss on top!

  36. I have an awesome peanut butter chocolate chip recipe that wows my tastebuds! I also like the chocolate/oatmeal no-bake cookie.

  37. Giant Chocolate chip cookies from Americas test kitchen.

  38. Argentinean style alfajores!!! Especially the meringue covered ones . . .

  39. Lady, you are killing me with these delicious dessert recipes!! I’m gonna start gaining weight!! I absolutely love these homemade oreos. Insanely addictive. http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/05/my-kingdom-for-a-glass-of-milk/

  40. Do I have to pick only one favorite cookie? Such a difficult choice to make! I think all-time favorite has to go to any variant upon chocolate chip, preferably a version including cranberry, orange zest and whisky, along with nice big chunks of dark chocolate. Mmmmm . . .

  41. My favorite cookie would have to be Peanut Butter Cookie with a cold glass of milk!!

  42. My favorite cookie would have to be home made chocolate chip with walnuts. I love them and make them whenever I can!

  43. Call me old fashioned or holding on to the memories, but one of my dad’s old teacher co-workers who passed away had a great and simple chocolate chip walnut cookie recipe I grew up making and still make! Can’t mess with the original 🙂

    If the computer picks me maybe the book can take sleep overs at your house Jenny 😛