Minty Cocoa Cookies

December 16, 2008 · 26 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Cookies, Holidays / Entertaining

Andes Mint Doodles

First of all, these taste spectacular! If you only make one cookie to share with friends and family this holiday season then this recipe definitely would get my vote. I liken them to something along the lines of a soft and chewy Girl Scout Thin Mint. Andes Crème de Menth candies are added to the cocoa laden cookie batter, which is then rolled into small balls, and dipped in powdered sugar. When they bake, the chocolate mints melt and create a delicious minty coating on the bottom of the cookie, not to mention the amazing smell that emanates from your oven and spreads throughout the house. Scrumptious! Scrumptious! Scrumptious!

The one drawback: I absolutely despise the name of the cookies. The company website dubbed these “Andes Mint Doodles.” Could they possibly have used a more unappealing name to describe something that is so unbelievably good? To protest the absurdity of this I’ve re-christened them “Minty Cocoa Cookies.” It’s pretty hard to find the Andes Crème de Menthe Baking Chips at this point in the holiday baking game (unless you want to purchase a whole case), so I would recommend simply purchasing the full sized Andes Crème de Menthe mints and chopping them up.

Andes Mint Doodles

Minty Cocoa Cookies (aka Andes Mint Doodles)
Adapted from the Andes Candies website

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
3/4 cup cocoa, sifted
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
2 large eggs, beaten
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups (1 – 10 oz. package) Andes Crème de Menthe Baking Chips (Note: Or regular Crème de Menthe candies, chopped)

1 cup powdered sugar

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together into a bowl and set aside.

With a hand held or standing mixer, beat together the shortening and butter until creamy. Add the sugars and continue beating until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until thoroughly incorporated. Add the flour mixture and blend until smooth. Fold in Andes Crème de Menthe Baking Chips.

Roll the dough, by hand, into a 1 ½ inch balls. Roll the balls in the powdered sugar to fully cover ball. Flatten the balls gently into ½” thick disks and place about 2″ apart, spacing them evenly on un-greased baking sheets. Bake cookies at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven and let cookies set 1 minute on baking sheet. Remove from sheet and move to wire rack to cool completely.

{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 anna December 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm

These cookies are heaven. If I drank milk, these would be great for dunking!

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2 Susie December 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I think I’ll try these! Thanks Erin!

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3 RecipeGirl December 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Looks delicious!

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4 Maria December 16, 2008 at 2:54 pm

These sound like the perfect holiday cookie!

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5 Elle December 16, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Oh, you are such a tease, Erin! These look fantastic!

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6 Sues December 16, 2008 at 3:21 pm

Mmmm, I’m on a chocolate mint kick and these sound perfect! When you said thin mint, I was definitely in!

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7 Hänni December 16, 2008 at 5:19 pm

OK officially added to the holiday-cookie-platter roster.

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8 Megan December 16, 2008 at 9:26 pm

Yummy minty treats. I will have to try these!

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9 sharon December 16, 2008 at 11:06 pm

ooh, I’ve never seen those baking chips but no I’m on the hunt! I might just have to buy a case :)

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10 Amber December 17, 2008 at 12:16 am

damn damn damn. My butt cannot afford another fantastic cookie. Seriously I’m pretty sure I’ve consumed an entire batch of the chocolate cranberry orange drugs this week. I stopped counting after I hit cookie #5 today.

I have andes mints on my shopping list for tomorrow.

damn

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11 Foodista December 17, 2008 at 2:22 am

Wow, your minty choco cookies sure look great! The kids will surely love it. Foodistaloves this!

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12 geeky December 17, 2008 at 10:02 am

You are KILLING. ME. Now I want to make these too! I’m going to drown in cookies for Christmas.

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13 Aimee December 17, 2008 at 10:56 am

Now I have soemthing to bring to the awkward holiday work party. When I am trying to escape from a conversation, I can just stick one of these in my mouth!

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14 Abbey December 17, 2008 at 11:30 am

Umm…I think I just drooled on my keyboard. Esp. since I was imagining Edy’s Peppermint Ice Cream on top of a few of them.

OH. Freaking. Yum!!

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15 Jacki December 17, 2008 at 1:04 pm

I have been so inspired by your holiday cookies. I will definitely be making these.

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16 Julia December 17, 2008 at 1:10 pm

YUM! Chocolate and mint is my favorite combination. I wish they make mint chocolate toothpaste. As usual Erin, these look awesome!

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17 grace December 17, 2008 at 2:20 pm

andes = best candy ever, therefore these = best cookie ever. here’s hoping they have andes baking chips at the grocery store… :)

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18 Tammy December 17, 2008 at 4:06 pm

These look fantastic!

I have a question – I have seen a couple of cookie recipes in the last couple of days that I want to make (these included) that call for shortening. I have never cooked using shortening! Can you substitute and use just butter, or is it important to use the shortening?

(I haven’t done much baking, but I’m really wanting to do cookies this year for some reason!)

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19 Nick December 18, 2008 at 10:31 am

Haha. Andes Mint Doodles. Someone in their marketing department should be fired!

Awesome recipe Erin. Thanks for the hookup.

-Nick
http://www.macheesmo.com

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20 ovenhaven December 18, 2008 at 10:36 am

I love the mint twist to these! :D

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21 Kristen December 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm

I make a non-chocolate version of these cookies and they are by far the most popular cookie I make! I like your chocolate version. Mmmmm!

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22 Darci December 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm

I love these, but have never made them. I think I will try them out for the holidays.

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23 kickpleat December 18, 2008 at 4:12 pm

mint cookies are my absolute favorites! these look really simple and delicious.

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24 The Duo Dishes January 27, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Love to dip these in hot chocolate!

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