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Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies

Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies

I recently created an account on Twitter, I really wasn’t sure how it worked or what it involved, but I soon found out and now I am addicted. Josh thinks I need professional help:) It is fun to “chat” with so many friends and everyone is so helpful. If I have a question, it is usually answered in minutes by a couple of different people. I think Twitter is broadening my horizons and expanding my knowledge:) See, it is a good thing!

I was on Twitter awhile ago and saw Dawn’s tweet about some cookies she just made. Of course, I hurried over to her blog to check them out. She made Recipe Girl’s, Chocolate Mint Thumbprints. The cookies looked incredible! I immediately added them to my never ending baking list.

I never buy Girl Scout cookies, don’t get me wrong I love cookies and adorable little girls, but I don’t need any extra sweets in my house. I bake too much as it is. Everywhere I turn though I am haunted by GS cookies, especially the thin mints. So to curve my craving, I decided to bump the Chocolate Mint Thumbprints to the top of my list.

I really enjoyed making these cookies. The cookie part was similar to a chocolate shortbread, the perfect base for a mint filling. I melted Andes mint chips for the filling since I had them on hand. Chocolate and mint are meant to be together if you ask me. These cookies kicked my Thin Mint craving for sure! Thanks to Dawn and Lori, my Twitter buddies:) See without Twitter I wouldn’t of made these fabulous cookies, it is helpful in so many ways:)

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Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies
Recipe from Recipe Girl


1 cup + 2½ Tbs unbleached all-purpose flour
¼ cup Dutch- processed cocoa
¾ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp salt

FILLING:
¾ cup chopped chocolate chips
3 Tbs unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces
¼ tsp pure peppermint extract

1. Sift flour and cocoa together into a medium bowl. With a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and salt; continue beating until blended and smooth, about 1 minute more. Add the flour-cocoa mixture and mix on low speed until a soft dough forms, about 1 minute.

2. Chill the dough in the refrigerator until firm enough to roll into balls, 40 to 60 minutes (or longer).

3. Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line two cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners.

4. Using your palms, roll heaping teaspoonfuls of the dough into 1-inch balls. Arrange them 2 inches apart on the lined sheets. With a lightly floured thumb or index finger-tip, press straight down into the middle of each ball almost to the cookie sheet to make a deep well. (Or use the end of a thick-handled wooden spoon.)

5. Bake one sheet at a time until the tops of the cookies look dry, 8 to 9 minutes. Gently redefine the indentations with the end of a wooden spoon. Let the cookies cool on the sheet for 5 minutes and then let them cool completely on racks.

6. For the filling: Put the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl. Microwave for 30 second bursts (stirring after each heating) until melted and smooth. Stir in mint extract. Let the filling cool, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened and a bit warmer than room temperature, 30 to 40 minutes. Spoon the filling into a small pastry bag with a small plain tip. (Or use a small plastic bag and cut a tiny bit off a bottom corner of the bag.) Pipe the filling into the center of each cookie. Cool completely before serving or storing.


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71 Responses to “Chocolate Mint Thumbprint Cookies”

  1. 1
    VeggieGirl — March 22, 2009 @ 10:50 am

    This is why I refuse to get a Twitter account – I don’t want to become addicted to it, haha :-D

    Lovely cookies!! Classic flavor combination.

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    Sara — March 22, 2009 @ 10:54 am

    These look great – even better than girl scout cookies!

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    Aggie — March 22, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    I wish you could just tweet me a cookie! ;) They look great!

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    Robin Sue — March 22, 2009 @ 10:58 am

    Ooh I saw these on those sites too! Love how everything gets around. I will add them to my very long baking list too!

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    Jessica — March 22, 2009 @ 11:05 am

    You’re better than me, I can’t turn down Girl Scout cookies. I think it’s because I remember selling them so the nostalgia factor sucks me in. Thin Mints are the only GS cookies that I really like and I am super excited to try these cookies! They look amazing.

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    Erica — March 22, 2009 @ 11:10 am

    oh my gosh- these look tooo good! YUM! Josh’s mom brough us some girlscout cookies and they will be hanging out in the fridge for a while now ;)

    According to my clean rules (and everyone should do what works for them), certain cereals are allowed- oats (for oatmeal) and anything without a lot of added junk- whole wheat only. Special K is not on the list- haha, Josh’s clean is a lot different than mine

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    Maria — March 22, 2009 @ 11:13 am

    VeggieGirl-It is addicting, but a healthy addiction:)

    Aggie-I will work on tweeting one to you!

    Robin Sue-Love Dawn and Lori’s blogs! Hope you try the cookies!

    Jessica-I hope you like these!

    Erica-Good luck with your clean diet!

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    Pearl — March 22, 2009 @ 11:54 am

    oh my gosh – mint chocolate? and chocolate shortbread? and you think TWITTER would cause an addiction? ;)

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    Dawn — March 22, 2009 @ 11:58 am

    Yahoooo! You made them. Aren't they addicting little suckers!
    I love chatting with you on Twitter, who cares if it's addicting, it makes me happy! LOL Plus I actually do find new ideas for baking & creating.
    Thanks for the shout out chicklet!

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    Rosa's Yummy Yums — March 22, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

    A scrumptious combo! These cookies look really great!

    cheers,

    Rosa

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    Maria — March 22, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

    Pearl-You are right, the cookies are more addicting:)
    They were for a party though so luckily I couldn’t eat them all!

    Dawn-I enjoy twittering as well! I am so glad you made these! I want to try them with other fillings too!

    Rosa-Thanks!

  12. 12
    Elyse — March 22, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    Oh Maria–these look fabulous! I could eat way too many of these cookies. Danger, danger! What a delicious treat!

  13. 13
    Barbara Bakes — March 22, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

    My husband is a huge Thin Mint fan. I know he’d love these!

  14. 14
    Natashya — March 22, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    They are so cute, and the melted Andes sounds divine!

  15. 15
    Elra — March 22, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    What a delicious treat maria, very scrumptious.
    Cheers,
    elra

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    Melissa — March 22, 2009 @ 2:24 pm

    Those look so good, especially with the gooey middle!

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    Tracey — March 22, 2009 @ 2:54 pm

    I’ve been craving thin mints too and these look like they’d do the trick! Thanks!

    I found Twitter recently too and I’m really enjoying it too.

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    Heather — March 22, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

    mmmm. those remind me of girl scout cookies, only better cause of that melty delicious middle. yummmm.

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    Balance, Joy and Delicias! — March 22, 2009 @ 3:30 pm

    these look amazing! They deserve a HOLY YUM~~~

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    The Fat Dietitian — March 22, 2009 @ 3:39 pm

    Oh my… so cute and so yummy!

  21. 21
    Maris — March 22, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

    chocolate + mint = YUM! These look so decadent, I don’t know if I’d be able to stop at 1 :)

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    Half Baked — March 22, 2009 @ 4:24 pm

    I’m a bit of a twitter addict as well! Great looking cookies! Thin mints are my fav girl scout cookie so I need to give these a try!!

  23. 23
    Stacey Snacks — March 22, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

    Maria,
    I buy girl scout cookies from all my nieces, but I tell them to choose the box and then keep the cookies.

    It’s a donation to the girl scouts.
    but I don’t want them in the house!
    They have gotten smaller and have so many preservatives in them!

    You are tweeting about cookies?
    I am trying to stay away from twitter for that reason!

  24. 24
    Maria — March 22, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

    Stacey-Great idea to not take the cookies! I will have to do that!

  25. 25
    Melissa — March 22, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

    I don’t need any more cookies that will go straight to my hips. But how can I possibly resist these? They look FABULOUS!

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    Not Another Omnivore — March 22, 2009 @ 5:30 pm

    They turned out beautifully!

    NAOmni

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    teresa — March 22, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

    I am in love with anything chocolate mint, YUM!

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    Ingrid — March 22, 2009 @ 6:20 pm

    Cookies really don't do it for me unless they are straight out of the oven and they cannot be crispy at all so I have no problem walking away from girl scout cookies. Your cookies on the other hand look pretty good, soft & chewy!
    ~ingrid

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    Girl Japan — March 22, 2009 @ 6:53 pm

    You did good by these, that is for sure!! Woo hoo!!! These look awesome! Personally I like choco and mint, the combination is Divine, I have never attempted to do on my own but the chocolate in the cookie part.. oh goodness, chocolate goodness I say… lol

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    Reeni♥ — March 22, 2009 @ 7:04 pm

    They look so scrumptious!! I love thin mints!

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    Meg — March 22, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

    Brilliant!

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    susette — March 22, 2009 @ 8:43 pm

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  33. 33
    Katrina — March 22, 2009 @ 8:48 pm

    Definitely agree–chocolate and mint are meant to be together! Yum-o!

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    Emily — March 23, 2009 @ 2:38 am

    Yum! These look amazing.

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    Katherine Aucoin — March 23, 2009 @ 5:37 am

    I saw Dawn’s post about these cookies too. I’m glad you liked them. Ihave them on my list to make.

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    A_and_N — March 23, 2009 @ 5:52 am

    I saw Dawn’s cookies as well…they look identical ;) Brilliant :)

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    Netts Nook — March 23, 2009 @ 6:26 am

    Maria your cookies look and sound so good I bet you could use a junior mint also. Can’t wait to try.

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    Meghan — March 23, 2009 @ 7:00 am

    These cookies look amazing! I was disappointed with the thin mints this year (reduced box size and cookie size/shape), so this is a great replacement. The chocolate inside looks like a little pool of delicious minty chocolate!

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    RecipeGirl — March 23, 2009 @ 7:21 am

    I am also addicted to Twitter. My husband makes fun of me, but I think it has been a great thing :)

    Glad you enjoyed these!

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    Allie — March 23, 2009 @ 7:35 am

    I haven’t learned all the details about Twitter yet, leaving that alone for the moment so I don’t get addicted to something else! Cookies look awesome!!

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