Since I found this recipe a few years ago in Erin McKenna’s cookbook, babycakes, these cookies have been the most requested. My husband always asks for them as his birthday treat combined with ice cream (covered with sprinkles, of course!) to create a rich, chocolaty reward for another year in the books. It is well worth the anticipation of the crunch of the cookie, the richness of the dark chocolate chunks, the cool minty flavor mixed with the creamy ice cream and the playfulness of the sprinkles. With this kind of treat, we agree, birthdays should come more often!
No need to wait for a celebration for these cookies though. They are an easy and quick cookie that also freezes well (although I doubt any will make it there once you taste them). The added mint is a must and adds to the complex flavor.
If you are looking to make a crowd pleasing, perfect in every way double chocolate chip mint cookie ice cream sandwich, I have adapted Erin McKenna’s recipe which you can find here. I can’t tell you enough how delicious these are. The cookies turn out to be firm and not too dense. They provide you with just the right amount of cookie for your ice cream sandwich. For this recipe, I used a vanilla non dairy ice cream and chocolate sprinkles. Yum!
If you’re craving a hearty, sink your teeth in to, so rich you need a glass of milk (non dairy, of course!) cookie, I created a similar tasting recipe that was inspired by Erin’s I mentioned above. This cookie has similar flavors but a completely different depth of intensity. You can expect a fudge like center with a slight crunchy coating. The center has a smooth, creamy texture that is sure to fool any of your gluten loving friends. I decided to leave my mint in larger pieces because I like the way it looks. If you prefer, you can always chop it smaller.
What ever you do, don’t be scared away by the amount of mint that I suggest. It’s a delightful surprise when you take that first warm bite fresh from the oven. Careful not to burn your mouth on the melted chocolate chips though, it’s been known to happen.
The possibilities for this cookie base haven’t left my mind in a week. I’m thinking of a double chocolate espresso version, a peanut butter addition…so many possibilities. What combinations would you choose? I would love to read your ideas.