CHOCOLATE MINT DAY!!!

chocolate mint day

This holiday has been set aside for all the chocolate mint lovers to eat their favorite treats all day long.  Who are we kidding…we eat chocolate mint treats all YEAR long. 🙂

The Aztecs and Mayans are given much credit for their ways with chocolate, and while chocolate was brought back to Europeans, they were not fond of the dark, bitter bean, and it was used more for medicinal purposes.

As it was mostly consumed as a hot beverage, Europeans mixed mint, cinnamon and other spices to make it more palatable.  Over time, sugar was added, and the combination of chocolate and mint became fashionable.

Fast forward to the mid-1800s when inventions and improvements in processes made it possible for confectioners to begin mass producing chocolates.  Even then, small candy shops served a local public.  Advertisements for mint chocolates, or chocolate mints, did not start showing up in newspapers until the turn of the century.

CHOCOLATE MINT COOKIES
Chocolate mint cookies
Photo courtesy Chocolat Celeste.

Ingredients

Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, soft
1/3 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Chocolate Coating
10 ounces top-quality chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter, room temperature

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk first 4 ingredients.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar. At low speed, mix in the milk & extracts. Mixture will look curdled. Gradually, add in the flour mixture until incorporated. Shape dough into two logs, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, wrap in plastic wrap & freeze for 1-2 hours, until dough is very firm.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Slice dough into rounds not more than 1/4 inch thick and place on a parchment- lined baking sheet.

Bake for 13-15 minutes. Cool cookies completely before dipping in chocolate.

Over low heat in a double boiler, combine chocolate and butter stirring frequently, until chocolate is smooth. Chocolate should have the consistency of chocolate syrup. Remove from heat. Dip each cookie in melted chocolate. Turn with a fork to coat, then transfer to a piece of wax paper to set for at least 30 minutes, or until chocolate is cool and firm. Reheat chocolate as needed.

Published by Culinary Chick

My name is Anna Hattauer and I love to cook. I am a personal chef living in Maryland. I grew up in California, joined the United States Army right after high school, got married, raised three children while going to college and working full time. As a young military wife and mother, we didn't have the money to go out to eat on a regular basis and had to make each pay check stretch. I learned how to prepare meals that were delicious, while staying within budget. While working full-time in the corporate world with the usual 2-3 hour I-270 commute, coupled with school & sports events, scouts and taking care of three children, it was tough to find the time or the energy to come home and prepare healthy meals for my family. Being a military family, we have traveled to many places around the world. I love trying new foods, the challenge of cooking new recipes and having friends over for dinner as well as cooking for special events. After cooking for my friends and family for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to share my love of food and make people happy, so I dropped the corporate chaos and attended a formal culinary school and became a certified personal chef. I am a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and I am licensed, insured and ServSafe certified.

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