Sunday, December 6, 2009

Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Every Sunday I go bowling with a friend of mine, Rick. Rick is also a faithful taste tester. A few days ago, he asked me if I could spare a few cookies for him this weekend. So I decided to go ahead and bake my cookies for the week on Saturday night.

About a month ago I created a dark chocolate and chili cookie, which I named "Spicy Mayan Cocoa" - one of my testers suggested that I make a companion cookie with mint chocolate as a cool alternative to the spicy flavor.

Last night I threw together a milk chocolate and mint flavored cookie. I am so pleased with the results. Usually, I go through multiple steps and trials to come up with a great recipe. This one turned out perfect on the first try. It taste almost like a Thin Mint cookie with the chewy texture of a chocolate chip cookie.
So, I decided to name is Mint Chocolate Chunk because I used chunks of Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate bars instead of chocolate chips.

I'll be bringing the remaining cookies to additional testers tomorrow - so I will report back the results.

Well, the results are in. The cookie is a hit! Several people have said "PERFECT". The only suggestion I have been given is to add some sort of mint candy - like crushed candy canes, Andies candies, etc. I may consider that as a variation. Overall, I think the base recipe is perfect just the way it is.

Sorry there are no photos this week. I've been in the process of constructing a light box for getting better cookie pictures. Hopefully it will be done in time for next week's cookies.

Can't wait to get on to next week's baking.

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