The Cookiepedia – Mint Thins


Hi there sorry it’s been so long. The lovely folks over at Quirk Books were kind enough to send me “The Cookiepedia” by Stacy Adimando with photos by Tara Striano to look over.

I found the cookbook to be a fun read with a great assortment of recipes and luscious photos. It is pulled together nicely with categories listed as “Buttery, Chocolaty, Fancy, Fruity, Spicy, and Nutty & Seedy”, a fun graphic design and a user friendly spiral binding inside the covers. I have baked a few recipes from it and my favourite so far are these “Mint Thins” cookies: (photo and recipe reprinted with permission from Quirk Books)

Mint Thins by Stacy Adimondo, makes: 3 dozen cookies

preheat oven to 350°F
 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
 1 cup powdered sugar
 1 egg
 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
 2/3 cup cocoa powder
 1/4 teaspoon salt
 12 ounces semisweet chocolate
 1/4 cup unsalted butter
 ¾ teaspoon peppermint flavor

Nobody you know will not come by when you say you’re
 baking homemade mint thins. (If they don’t so much as
 ask, consider defriending them immediately.) The question
 is: Do you want to share?

The baking and dunking takes
 no time (especially if you’re tasting as you go), but these
 bite-size treats do hold up best (and taste yummiest)
 once the mint chocolate has had ample time to set. If
 you’re protective of your stash, store them in the freezer.

They’re best with a chill anyway.

1. Cream the butter until it’s light and fluffy.
 Add the powdered sugar and continue mixing,
 stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as
 needed. Mix in the egg and vanilla extract.
 Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
 Add the flour mixture by halves, beating to
 incorporate after each addition.

2. Turn out the dough onto a clean surface
 and form it into a disk with your hands. Split
 the disk in half and place them in the fridge
 to firm up for 1 hour.


If you’re short
 on time, do 25
 minutes in the
 freezer instead.

3. Working on a floured surface (you’ll need
 a decent amount, since the dough is sticky),
 roll out the dough to 1/8-inch thick. Shape the
 cookies using a 1-1/2-inch round cutter and
 place them on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet.
 Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, then let cool

4. Break up the chocolate into a bowl and set it
 over a small pot of simmering water (make sure
 the bowl doesn’t touch the water). Add the butter
 and the peppermint flavor and stir the mixture
 steadily until it’s fully melted and looks glossy and
 smooth. Remove the bowl and let the chocolate
 cool slightly.

5. One by one, drop the cookies in the chocolate,
 then scoop them out with a fork to let the excess
 drip off. (Tap the cookies against the side of the
 bowl to help drain the extra chocolate.) Move
 them carefully to a wire rack or parchment-paperlined
 baking sheet. When they’re all coated, move
 the sheet to the refrigerator or freezer to set.

Mint thins, meet chocolate chip
 cookie dough. You’re a match made
 in heaven.

Mint-Thin-Stuffed Cookies

Prepare a batch of the mint thins
 and store them in the freezer. Then
 prepare a batch of the chocolate
 chip dough on page 43. When both
 are chilled, sandwich the mint cookie
 between 1 tablespoon each of the
 chocolate chip dough, then press the
 dough around the mint thin to cover
 it completely. Bake according to the
 chocolate chip directions.

Run out and get the book :$18.95 from Quirk Books, ISBN #978-1-59474-535-5 wherever great cookbooks are sold. :)  BTW check out lots of other great books from Quirk Books here.

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