When on my recent trip to London, I visited Outsider Tart, a little bakery in Chiswick. A lovely little area, a good few minutes out from the centre, I travelled there by tube. I had bought the bakery’s cookbook – ‘Baked in America’ and was intrigued to see what the bakery was actually like. I will review the bakery itself in a later post, but on one side of the shop were a few shelves with American baking goods. I came cross these little mint chips. (You can also buy them online at American Sweets )
And my mind got all creative…instead of mint choc chip ice cream, how about choc mint chip cookies? Here is what I came up with.
4 oz unsalted butter, softened
3.5 oz granulated sugar
3.75 oz light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
6.5 oz plain flour
0.75 oz unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarb of soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz mint chips
To start I preheated my oven to 180oc and lined a cookie sheet with baking paper. Then I creamed together the butter and sugars for about 5 minutes in my mixer until they were all nice and combined and creamy. I added my egg and vanilla, beating that for about 2 more minutes.
In another bowl, I sifted together the flour, cocoa powder, bicarb, baking powder and salt. I then mixed the wet and dry combos together in my mixer (very slowly at first) until it had combined. I finished this off by hand as it got a bit stiff. I then took the mint chips and stirred them through by hand.
Taking my small cookie scoop, I put around 12 balls of cookie dough on each sheet. They were a little too round for my liking and I feared they wouldn’t flatten out, so taking dampened fingers, I pressed on each one a little.
I then popped them in the oven for around 11 to 13 minutes. They start to crackle on top and that’s when you can suss that they are about ready. Upon removing them from the oven I transferred them to a cooling rack to cool down.
And the tasting did not disappoint! The vivid green chips are VERY minty. They mix well with the chocolaty cookies and leave a minty tingle for a while after. If you like your cookies slightly on the chewy side aim to bake about 10-11 minutes. For crispier ones, bake 12-13 minutes. Enjoy!