I truly believe mint and chocolate are one of the best pairings in the universe. Naysayers don’t know what they are on about. Mint chocolate is the classy lady of chocolate, the one with the long silk arm gloves and the little cigarette on a stick sitting in the large leather armchair in the lounge. Drinking tea. I like tea.
However, it hurts me deeply to admit that in this instance the mint essence that we had chosen did taste like colgate. But well, who wouldn’t want to brush their teeth with chocolate? Add some fluoride and I can see a market for these at the chemist. Jokes aside, after a day the mint flavour evened out and they tasted like the mint cookies they were born to be. And I recommend that you buy a better quality mint extract than we did. A real proper fancy one (three cheers for Fairprice!)
Chocolate Colgate Cookies
Loosely based on Smitten Kitchen: Crispy Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Flour – 2 cups
Cocoa powder – a couple of table spoons
Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon
Salt – 1/2 teaspoon
Melted butter – 3/4 cup / 170g
Brown sugar – 1/2 cup / 100g
White sugar – 1/2 cup / 100g
Vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon
Peppermint extract – 1 teaspoon
Whole egg – 1
Egg yolk – 1
Chocolate chips – the more the merrier
Oven temperature – 165°C
- Preheat your oven. It is not appropriate to use a charcoal oven as one might confuse one’s cookies with the briquettes.
- Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. It’s best to use a sieve.
- Cream melted butter, and brown and white sugar until well mixed.
- Best in the vanilla, peppermint, egg and egg yolk. Mix into the sifted dry ingredients until just blended.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir by hand. More chocolate chips will result in more chocolate power.
- Plop cookie dough on to oven sheets a tablespoon at a time. They will look rather suspicious. Plops should be about 3 inches apart.
- Bake for 15 minutes, more or less depending on the size of your cookies. These were about teaspoon sized and they came out fine. Cool fully on a wire rack for a crunchy chewy minty fresh chocolate cookie.
A word of warning: when opening the oven to remove the cookies, CLOSE YOUR EYES! Else you will be blinded by the minty freshness that is the mint extract fumes. Unless you have fire-proof eyes, please close them, it’s painful!