Saturday, February 18, 2012

National Chocolate Mint Day - Yum!!


Got spoon?
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By Diane Forrest,

It’s that time of year again, when the girl scouts come knocking at your door selling those wonderful cookies.  It is a love/hate relationship for me...While I love the Girl Scouts, and Love their cookies, I Hate to see them coming because I know I have absolutely no willpower when it comes to that order sheet they stick in my face.  I immediately order 2 boxes of the thin mint cookies, and then I will look through the sheets to see what else they have.  The worst part about it is when they finally arrive; I open the box, pull out a tube, and eat all of them at once!

Whoever thought of putting chocolate and mint together is one of my heros.  I love the chocolate mint ice cream, and as part of my research for this article (wink wink) I had to get a small pint to remind me why I love it so much.  That...and the girl scouts haven't reached my neighborhood yet.  The coolness of the mint and the creaminess of the chocolate are a perfect match.
It is gone...
The other morning, Valentine's Day morning, my mother placed some gifts on my front porch and when I went out and saw it I brought it inside to see what Cupid had left me.  There was a red tote, which was great, I love having a bag to carry stuff to places, but what was inside the tote was amazing!  There was a bag of Ghirardelli chocolate peppermint bark squares!  I thought I had died and gone to heaven!  Of course I had to open it right away and have one, even if it was only 8 o'clock in the morning.  I had first tried this at Christmas, and have been looking for them since then.  I was not aware that it was a limited edition variety, but fortunately my mother was aware of that fact, and hid this away for Valentine's Day.

In case there are no girl scouts in your area, I found this recipe for the thin mint cookies on allrecipes.com for you to try, but, if you can't wait long enough for the oven to pre-heat, you can run to the store for some Keebler Grasshopper cookies, they are just as wonderful as the thin mints from the girl scouts.
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Today is National Chocolate Mint Day, so treat yourself to some cookies, ice cream or candy in honor of this wonderful day.

Thin Mint Cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 3 (1 ounce) squares semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup butter

Directions
  1. In a large bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter or margarine until creamy. Add the sugar, and beat until mixed well. Beat in egg and mint extract.
  2. Sift flour, cocoa, and salt together into a small bowl. Add flour mixture by halves into creamed mixture, beating well after each addition.
  3. Divide dough in half. On lightly floured surface roll dough into two 1 1/2 inch diameter cylinders. Wrap each cylinder in waxed paper, and refrigerate 5 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Thirty minutes prior to baking, place both cylinders in freezer.
  5. Remove one cylinder at a time, and slice 1/4 inch thick pieces with very sharp knife. Place on cookie sheets about 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
  6. Melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine and the semisweet chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave. Drizzle over warm cookies. Place on wire racks, and let cool and harden completely.

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