Last year around the holidays, I discovered and fell hard for Cooks Illustrated‘s recipe for chewy chocolate cookies. I adored their lovely soft texture and how they contain the perfect amount of melted chocolate chunks. And the sparkling crunchiness of the sugar in which they were rolled before baking? I loved that, too.

I recently played with the recipe a bit so they’d be a little healthier (I used natural Lyle’s golden syrup instead of the dark corn syrup), as well as mostly organic and 100% fair-trade. I also added the hint of mint, which makes them perfect for the holiday season. I was very pleased with how they turned out, and gave tins of them away as gifts last week. If you need a hostess gift for New Year’s Eve, I think these will be perfect; I think they’ll also go over well as a sweet snack for house guests over the New Year’s holiday weekend.

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If you don’t like mint or don’t have access to a high quality, fair-trade bar of mint-flavored dark chocolate, feel free to use a plain chopped dark chocolate bar instead. The folks at Cooks Illustrated recommend Callebaut Intense Dark; your favorite semi-sweet chocolate bar will also work. Make sure not to chop the chocolate too much or it will completely melt into the cookies while baking- 1/2 inch chunks are the best.

I know some of you have already embarked on your post-holidays “detox” or whatever you want to call the attempt to institute healthy eating habits after a month or so of decadence. If that’s the case, then don’t make these chocolate mint cookies now. Bookmark the recipe for later, and rest assured that I’ll be back with a much more virtuous (yet equally delicious) recipe tomorrow.

If, however, you have no interest in depriving yourself until sometime next week, then, well, here you go…I suggest pampering yourself with my chocolate mint body scrub, then having one of these cookies. Because I’m clearly obsessed with everything chocolate mint. And because you only live once.

chewy chocolate mint cookies |

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chewy chocolate mint cookies |

This post is linked to the Secret Recipe Club Cookie Party.


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    Amy (Savory Moments) — December 27, 2011 @ 8:46 pm

    I love chocolate and mint. I usually make a chocolate mint cookie for the holidays, but didn’t this year. I’m going to remember these for next time!

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    Winnie — December 27, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    Thanks Amy!

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    Deb — December 28, 2011 @ 11:53 pm

    I adore minty holiday treats. The mint evokes a frosty winter, yet sweet and warming at the same time. Thanks for sharing such a delightful cookie recipe.

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    Nutmeg Nanny — December 29, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    I have had the pleasure of eating these cookies and they are the best! I seriously couldn’t stop eating them. I can’t wait to make my own batch :)

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    Simply Life — December 31, 2011 @ 4:15 pm

    oh wow! I love this idea of the mint- looks great!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — January 2, 2012 @ 8:42 pm

    These look fabulous… I am a fan of the chocolate/mint combination! Love the changes you made to the recipe!

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    Juliet Wood — December 7, 2013 @ 6:04 am

    We haven’t got mint chocolate here in Venezuela but if I put peppermint essence which I brought back from the UK instead of the vanilla, do you think that would work and is 1 tspn too much. We DO have wonderful dark chocolate though!

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