These aren't about Girl Scout cookies. Instead, they are about the Frango Mint cookies. If you've ever had a Frango Mint cookie (a staple of Marshall Field's now sold at Macys during the holidays– unless you live in the Chicago area and you can find them at Macys any time), you know what I mean. The Girl Scout cookies don't hold a candle to the Frango cookies.
Because I was recently cleared to eat chocolate again after suffering years of allergic reactions to it, I've been sampling different types of cookies and such. I found the thin mints are awful. And Oreos aren't any better. Ah, but those Frangos.
While the recipe below doesn't include any Frango chocolate, it's as close as I can get. For now. And Greg will agree, it's pretty good.
Minty Chocolate Cookies
(The wafer cookie recipe is from the Cooking Channel– Homemade Chocolate Wafer Cookies by Zoe Francois)
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar, well packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 Dutch processed cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.
Cream together butter, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla until light. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Sift the dry ingredients before adding to the creamed butter if there are any lumps.
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed butter mixture and mix just to combine, adding the milk and again mixing just to combine.
Form the dough into two 1 1/2-inch-thick logs, wrap well in plastic wrap, and refrigerate at least an hour.
Prepare two baking sheets with parchment or other non-stick surface. Slice the log of cookie dough into 1/8-inch-thick coins.
Arrange on the baking sheets with about 1 1/2 inches between the cookies. Bake for 8 minutes and rotate the trays back to front and switch from top and bottom racks (I used the top two racks). Bake for 2 more minutes or until they are dry looking and firm. But don't let them stay in the oven too long because they will burn and you won't be able to tell.
Let cookies cool on a rack and prepare mint dip, this from Martha Stewart.
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
Place the chocolate in a microwave safe dish and microwave until melted, about 2-3 minutes. Add the peppermint extract and stir until the mixture is smooth.
Line a baking sheet with parchment (I used the sheets I had baked the cookies on) and place each cookie into the melted chocolate and turn to coat. With a fork, lift the cookie from the bowl, let the excess drip off, and transfer to prepared sheet. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens, about 10 minutes.
Makes several dozen cookies.