They say that scent is one of the strongest triggers for memory. I agree, but think that taste can also tie us to the past. I cannot taste dark chocolate mints without being transported back to my freshman year of college. More specifically my roommate turned best-friend, Ginny. She had a love affair with After 8 and Andes mints, and now whenever I see or taste them, I think of Ginny.
I saw this amazing recipe for dark chocolate shortbread on The View from Great Island and I had a Ginny-inspiration. Let’s call it a Ginspiration: Andes mint chocolate shortbread cookies.
Y’all. Y’ALL. I kept tasting these to make sure they were as good as I thought they were…until they were gone. The recipe I based these on used dark cocoa powder, which I’d love to try. These were a definite win, even with regular old cocoa powder. I think Andes mints cover a multitude of sins. Don’t you?
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
- 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 package Andes or other dark chocolate mints
- Prep: Dice half the Andes mints into small pieces.Set the others aside.
- Cream the butter, cocoa powder, and powdered sugar until creamy and smooth. Add the vanilla and then the flour. Mix by hand with a wooden spoon until well-combined, then stir in the diced pieces of chocolate mint.
- On a sheet of wax paper, roll the dough into a log shape. It's normal for it to be a little sticky. You can roll the log up in the paper, twisting the ends shut, and then finish shaping your roll. Chill for at least an hour or as long as overnight.
- Preheat oven to 325 and slice the roll into evenly sized cookies about 1/3 inch thick. Cook on a greased cookie sheet or parchment paper for 12 to 15 minutes. Place a single Andes mint on the top of each and press down so that it begins to melt and attach to the top.
- They will be firm on the outside, but still a bit soft on the inside. Handle carefully when cooled so they don't crumble as you transfer to a plate.
This is another in the 12 Weeks of Christmas treats series! I hope you’re getting lots of great ideas for those fast-approaching holiday season. With only six ingredients, these would make a simple and tasty gift! For more ideas and tasty things, check out the linky below!