Thursday, October 18, 2012

Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Stuffed with Andes Mints


It's about that time of year. Christmas baking time. Chocolate and mint is one of the combinations that reminds me of Christmas.

This is one of those classic Christmas cookie recipes with a little twist. It's more of a cakey cookie than a fudgy one, but it's soft and surprisingly light. I've modified it slightly to decrease the sweetness so you can enjoy the mint surprise in the middle even more.

I even made about half without rolling in powdered sugar, but they are not nearly as beautiful.

For once in my  life, I have a start on something early because these are currently all cozy in my freezer just waiting for Christmas to arrive. Well, they're probably not too cozy. It is a freezer after all...This is so unlike me. I also have started a few Christmas gifts. Somebody needs to check on me. I'm not sure who this is! I've noticed that having a lot on my plate actually makes me more efficient. Anyone else notice this?

This recipe requires at least 3 hours to chill, so it does require a little working ahead. I made my dough the night before, chilled overnight, and baked in the morning. 



Chocolate Crinkle Cookies Stuffed with Andes Mints
Adapted slightly from Fork vs. Spoon
Makes about 42 cookies

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
4 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 package Andes Mints (about 28), cut in half

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a large mixing bowl (stand mixer, if you have it), with paddle attachment, stir together the cocoa, sugar, and butter until well combined.

Add eggs to the cocoa mixture, one at a time, and stir until fully incorporated between each addition. Beat in the vanilla.

Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients while mixer is running and beat for 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or transfer to an airtight container (4-cup capacity) and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight.

Have your powdered sugar in a small bowl and your mint halves nearby for stuffing. Remove cold dough from refrigerator.

Preheat oven to 350 F.

The dough will get stickier as it warms, so work as quickly as possible.

Scoop out a tablespoon-sized piece of dough and push half of a mint into the center. It works best to push them in with the thin edge first. Pinch together the surrounding dough to enclose the mint. Roll into a ball.

Roll the dough in your powdered sugar bowl to cover completely and place on an ungreased cookie pan. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on the pan and bake for about 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to rest on pans for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for a few days or in a freezer for up to 3 months.


See that mint hiding in the middle? It's the best when all melted and warm, but I wouldn't turn my nose up at a room temperature cookie either...

Pinit

I'm sharing this recipe over at Meal Planning Magic, which is where you can find all kinds of other Christmas treats, as well as Little House in the Suburbs, One Project Closer, and Happy Hour Link Party.

40 comments :

  1. Yum, I love mint cookies!tmj

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  2. Andes mints remind me of the holidays! These look great! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. What a great idea! I love that you stuffed the cookies with an Andes Mint! Yum.

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  4. You had me at the title. Omg, I want some right now!!! :)

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  5. I love these cookies...but I never put a mint in them!! Yum I'll have to try these:). -julia

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    1. You won't regret it. Thanks for coming by!

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  6. WOW! Chocolate crinkle andes mint cookies!!! I love love love mint and chocolate together. I am so inspired. I must bake with mint and chocolate this weekend! The cookies look incredible. SO fudgy!

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    1. Thanks Sally! If you do make something, I'm sure it will be delectable...

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  7. Oh, my kids would go nuts for these! They love the chocolate-mint combo...and these are PERFECT for Christmas!!!

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    1. Forget the kids I say. Hide them for yourself! Thanks, Lizzy.

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  8. What a fun surprise! I love mint and chocolate together, so these sound delicious!

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  9. I love Andes mints! Great idea to stuff them inside!

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    1. Thanks Heather! And not too detrimental to the waistline if you stick them directly in the freezer...

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  11. Oh wow! YUM!!! They look amazing!

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    1. Thanks Erin! I'd highly recommend them.

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  12. Loretta, these look amazing! Please mail them to me? Eh? Eh? :)

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    1. Ha ha Whitney! I don't know if my hubby would be on board with that! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I think I know what my mom is getting for Christmas this year!! Years ago she found a recipe for chocolate cookies with Andes mint "frosting." I made them for her and she liked them so much she asked for them for Christmas a few years later when I'd gone off to college. I think I'll use my great grandma's chocolate crinkle cookie recipe and give these a go! Thank you for a brilliant idea, Loretta! I saw these pics on Willow Bird Baking--I'm excited to poke around your blog more!

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    1. AM, Isn't it the highest compliment when years later someone is still talking about a recipe you made for them? Plus, it's extra great that you actually have a family recipe to use! I'm sure your mom will love them and thanks for coming by!

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    2. I finally made these today! They are delicious, especially warm from the oven. I used a different chocolate crinkle recipe (calls for bittersweet baking chocolate instead of cocoa powder). MMMMmmmm! My mom just texted me "fyi: baking sucks!" That's why I'm the baker in the family. After her last two cookie recipes failed, she's sure to love these!

      http://abbyslabnotes.blogspot.com/2012/12/nans-chocolate-crinkles.html

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    3. Yay! I'm so glad you loved them! I just made a chocolate cookie recipe this afternoon that's loaded with bittersweet chocolate, so I'm sure yours are equally decadent...

      Thanks for coming back and letting me know how it went!

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  14. These cookies look fantastic! I had seen chocolate crinkle cookies as well as Andes-stuffed cookies before, but never together. I think you have done the best thing since peanut butter was introduced to jelly. These are a definite on my holiday baking list (if I can wait that long).

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    1. LeAndra, What a nice thing to say! Can't believe you just compared my concoction to pb & jelly! *blushing

      Can't wait for you to try them!

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  15. The cookies look lovely. I bet just about any candy in the middle would be delicious.

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    1. Thanks Annamaria! Love your name, by the way. And yes, there's so much room to change things up with this recpe!

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  16. These are great looking cookies!
    I love the hidden surprise inside

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    1. I agree. The surprise in the middle is the best part! Thank you Winnie!

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  17. I love chocolate mint cookies. My mom had a similar recipe she makes at christmas with the mint melted on top! yum. Sorry I missed the link party. :(
    Would love if you came and linked up with us. We’re giving away one free week of ad space for one lucky feature, and our blog gets thousands of hits per day! Hope to see you there!
    http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-4/

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    1. Jocie, this link party is going until Christmas, so there's still time! (new one every week).

      Your mom's way sounds delicious as well! Thanks for stopping by.

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    2. Thanks so much for linking up last week at the Humble Brag! Hope to see you back tomorrow to link up more great projects and see if you were featured and/or won the free ad space.
      http://www.oneprojectcloser.com/the-humble-brag-link-party-5/

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  18. I love that these have a hidden candy center...Yum!!!

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    1. Thanks Jocelyn. There's nothing like a pleasant surprise, is there?

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