Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Chocolate and Mint Cookies

I was trawling through my recipe cuttings and scrawled scraps of paper the other day, trying to find my rose meringue recipe. I failed to find it, unfortunately, but I came across this one from the Bodmin Plant & Herb Festival using fresh mint. This is the first year we forgot to go to this annual event hosted by the Bodmin Plant & Herb Nursery and we are feeling rather aggrieved about it. As well as lots of plants and herbs for sale, there are a number of related stalls and events. One of the highlights for me, is tasters of various recipes using fresh herbs that are walked around the place like a cocktail party -this year I missed out on Peppermint Truffles apparently. The recipes are all printed out and free for the taking. There is usually at least one I want to take away and this one for chocolate and mint cookies must have caught my fancy one year - can't think why!

This is what I did:
  • Melted 100g plain chocolate over a bowl of hot water.
  • Whizzed 90g brown sugar in a food processor with 3 sprigs of fresh spearmint (about 10 smallish leaves) until the leaves were finely chopped.
  • Beat in 1 large duck egg.
  • Mixed in the melted chocolate.
  • Sifted in 100g spelt and 1/4 tsp baking powder.
  • Left to cool for an hour.
  • Spooned teaspoonfuls onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Baked at 170C for 10 mins.
  • Left to cool for a couple of minutes then lifted onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Quick and easy to make, these were crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. The flavour of mint was subtle and very different to using peppermint essence or peppermint oil. Nice.

23 comments:

  1. OOh I really like the sound of these, using fresh mint. I will give them a go. Would it be alright to use a hen egg do you think? ;) x

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  2. I love the use of real mint leaves - so much better than mint extract or creme de menthe. More subtle and less of an alcohol bite.

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  3. wow, fresh mint, genius! I have plenty of everything this recipe calls for so i'm think this weekend, you pop over and cook for me???

    In other news I have been asked to make a chocolate birthday can for someone to feed 20!! I have ordered a 12 inch square cake tin but I have no idea which recipe to use or how much ingredients to use or how long to bake for... any help would be greatly appreciated!!!! xx

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  4. gosh this is one sinful blog,surely following

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  5. Kath - I'll try and turn a blind eye - just this once!

    Victoria - the fresh leaves give a very different taste to mint essence, far more subtle.

    Dom - love to, although I was thinking more along the lines of popping over to you and being cooked for ;-) Now you're a pro baker, surely you don't need my advice BUT for what it's worth and of course we like to be asked!!! There are sooooo many chocolate cakes, but I have a recipe before me for 19"x12" tin - will e-mail!

    Cheries - wouldn't the world be boring without a bit of sin ;-)

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  6. thanks C... can't wait for email... I know I could wing it but due to commitments this week I only have one day to make it and I can't get it wrong!

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  7. They sound fab, and I like the idea of using fresh mint. It's pretty much the only thing growing in my garden, which doesn't say much for my gardening skills because mint is apparently impossible to kill!

    A pity you missed your plant and herb festival, it sounds like fun!

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  8. Love the idea of using fresh mint, must try that.

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  9. Brilliant way to use fresh herbs. I would never have thought to use fresh spearmint.

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  10. So pleased to find a cookie recipe using fresh mint, my garden is absolutely overrun with the stuff and I'm struggling to keep it under control - this will be a great way to use up some of the cuttings!

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  11. Love the idea of using fresh mint - never seen that in a baked recipe before.

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  12. They look yummy. Love the slightly craggly top. They look like the kind of cookie thats still soft and gooey in the middle - yum!

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  13. Lovely, you have got a nice crisp shell on those, yum yum!
    My Mum just gave me some dark chocolate with pink peppercorns (she got it cheap in TK Maxx somewhere in Cornwall), have you ever had? It's surprising, but nice, some Belgian brand called Dolfin. (no dolphins harmed in the making).

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  14. Excellent! I've been searching for a way to use up some of the mint that is (over)growing in the pot on my balcony! Looks fab ;0)

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  15. Dom - Good Luck

    C - indeed, once you've got mint, you're likely to keep it! Will have to be better organised next year and get the herb festival date in our calendar good and early.

    Janice - I often use mint with strawberries, but it was fun to try it in baking for a change.

    Maggie - that's one of the things I really like about all these wonderful food blogs, you can pick up some great ideas.

    Aveen - unless you're planning on making a mountain of these cookies, I don't think they'll make much of an inroad on your mint, but they do taste good. I've ordered another preserving book today and that had a recipe for mint cordial - now that would probably use up a fair bit of mint.

    Baking Addict - it was my first time baking with mint too.

    Katie - they were just as you describe ;-)

    Blackbook - they were good

    Oxslip - yes I did have the pink peppercorn one once years ago and very good I remember it being. When we were in Belguim last year I picked up a hot masala one of theirs which was really good. I really like their tobacco pouch packaging which reminds me of a favourite uncle doing his roll ups when I was young. Your mum did well to find a cheap bar - they've always seemed rather pricey, which is why I haven't sampled many of them - yet. Now where did you say that shop was!

    Chele - ha ha, once mint starts it's hard to stop it growing.

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  16. I would love to say I had abundance of mint growing, but alas, I have mint smelling green caterpillars instead...wonder if I could bake them in a biscuit? No probably not.
    These look good choclette.

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  17. Love the spearmint choc combination - definitely trying these.

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  18. I love the idea of fresh mint in these cookies - it's one I have never seen before, but I like it very much. I am a fan of peppermint Patties, so these biscuits are for me!

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  19. CityHippy - I suppose there are worse things caterpillars could smell of. Sorry you don't have any mint though.

    Nic - next time I make them I shall try peppermint and see what difference that makes.

    Cakelaw - the taste is far more subtle than using peppermint oil, but worth a try I reckon :)

    Myka - hope you enjoy!

    Gloria - thank you.

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