Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mint Chocolate Cookies-6No doubt you have lots of leftover candy canes hanging around after the holidays.  Much like Halloween and Easter candy these staples of Christmas hang around a long, long time.  Here is a great way to use them up.  Crush them up and they make a perfect topping for these minty chocolate cookies.

Yields 4-5 dozen

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup mint chocolate chips.
  • crushed candy canes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  3. In another bowl cream the butter. Beat in the sugar, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans and sprinkle with crushed candy canes.
  6. [img src="http://www.tastygardener.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Mint-Chocolate-Cookies-3-300x199.jpg?x45499" alt="" width="300" height="199" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-19369"]
  7. Bake until firm 6-8 mins. Let cool on wire racks.
Recipe Type: Dessert
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Mint Julep

 

Serves per glass

Mint Julep

Before there was the Mojito there was a fancy mint drink named julep. Widely popular in the South, this beverage was normal served in silver chalises on a silver platter

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 32 oz bourbon
  • 8 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine water, sugar and chopped mint leaves in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil over high heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Allow syrup to cool, approximately 1 hour. Pour through a strainer to remove mint leaves
  4. Fill eight cups with crushed ice and pour 4 ounces of bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. Garnish with more mint leaves.
Recipe Type: Drinks
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