Confession time! If you put mint chocolate in front of me, I will immediately shove it in my mouth. I personally think that the best flavor blend when it comes to sweets is chocolate and mint.
For some glorious reason, the mint brings out the deeper notes of chocolate, enhancing the flavor of chocolate. Also, the chocolate complements the mint by toning down the sharp flavor that peppermint can sometimes have, making it elegant and fresh.
I love mint chocolate.
One day, I was craving mint Oreos. What better thing to do than spend an hour looking for the perfect recipe?? Thanks to a fantastic blog, http://www.yourcupofcake.com, I found my recipe for mint Oreos! They cookies are simple, just a cake mix and a few wet ingredients to make the softest, most gorgeous chocolate sandwich cookies! The frosting is a fantastic cream cheese base with peppermint oil, which complements the cream cheese for a creamy mint filling. My family has been known to keep the frosting in the freezer so that we can use a bit on plain donuts, other cookies, and sometimes make an entire fresh batch of cookies to eat with the icing. Believe me when I say that it’s the bomb.
Okay, you all need to see a picture.
(via http://www.yourcupofcake.com. Get the original recipe and web page here: http://www.yourcupofcake.com/2012/03/homemade-mint-oreos.html)
I’m drooling again. Here’s the all-star recipe that is sure to wow your guests (if they can last long enough for the party):
1 box Devils food cake mix
1/3 cup oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat your oven to 350° F. Mix all the ingredients together until there’s no more boxed mix left on the sides. Drop teaspoons onto a greased pan or one covered in parchment with room between to expand. Bake for 7-9 minutes. And I know they won’t look cooked when you pull them out, but trust me, they are. If you let them go for too long, they’ll get crunchy. Soft cookies don’t live up to their name if they get crunchy!
Let the cookies cool while you crank out the icing
6 oz soft cream cheese
1/4 cup (half a stick) butter
2-3 cups powdered sugar, depending how think you want the icing
1 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Green food dye (if desired)
Sprinkles (if desired)
Beat all the ingredients together, adding more powdered sugar if you want. When the cookies have cooled, spoon or pipe the icing on the bottom of one cookie, sandwiching another on top. If you want to, roll the edges of the cookies in sprinkles to make them pretty(er)!
These cookies are the best when you chill them overnight before eating, but mine rarely last so long…