Mint Chip Cookies…and Blogging for Happiness

by Kathy Strahs on October 16, 2012 · 18 comments

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I know we’re just coming off of a major cookie blitz with the last post and, yes, there are a million and one things on my to-do list that I probably need to take care of before posting another cookie recipe. But the thing is – I want to post these Mint Chip Cookies. You might even say I need to.

The kitchen is a haven for me. I love to cook and bake when it’s time to celebrate, but I also turn to it when I need some emotional solace. Life has been a bit stressful lately, as is evidenced by the mounting stacks of muffins, cookies and soups accumulating in my freezer. It’s not really about the eating part – let’s be clear, I do partake – but the act of preparing food, for me, is more about redirecting my energy away from stressors and toward something positive, meditative. I can make something with my own hands, refine my technique and – hopefully – create something amazing I can be proud of and that I can share with my family and friends. This is my happy place.

Mint Chip Cookies...get the recipe at www.cookingontheside.com #recipe #cookies

My food blogs, as extensions of my kitchen, are also my happy places. Sometimes blogging can feel like work, but mostly this opportunity to cook and share is a significant source of happiness for me. There are a few tasks that could have (arguably, should have) taken priority during my precious both-kids-at-school time this morning, but for my own sanity I needed to write today and to share this incredible Mint Chip Cookies recipe. It’s too good not to pass along immediately.

This recipe, which I found on the back of the Andes Crème de Menthe baking chips package, is one of the best I’ve tried in a long time. They’re like a cross between chocolate chip cookies and Thin Mints (aka, totally addictive). You assemble them differently than most other drop cookies I’ve tried – all the ingredients except the flour are blended together at once, then the flour is added at the end. They also have you chill the dough, slightly flatten the scoops before baking and bake on an upper rack. All of these techniques combine into a thick and chewy cookie, destined to bring much happiness to both the baker and the eater. :-)

Mint Chip Cookies...get the recipe at www.cookingontheside.com #recipe #cookies

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Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 16, 2012 at 3:12 PM

I totally know what you mean – it’s work at times but it’s also the thing that keeps me sane! As for these cookies – YUM! I could really use a batch of these right now!
Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious´s last blog post ..Raspberry Peach Lemonade

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Kathy Strahs October 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

So strange how that is, right?!

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Stephanie October 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Oh yum, I love anything mint chip!
Stephanie´s last blog post ..Homemade Granola Bars

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Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet October 16, 2012 at 4:45 PM

These look really good!! We’re big mint fans here!
Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet´s last blog post ..Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Mushrooms

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Alison @ Ingredients, inc. October 16, 2012 at 6:05 PM

These look SO amazing!

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Brian @ A Thought For Food October 16, 2012 at 6:44 PM

It’s funny… I thought I’d tried every cookie out there, but apparently I hadn’t! Mint Chip! That’s brilliant!
Brian @ A Thought For Food´s last blog post ..A Visit to Harry and David + The Rogue Valley

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Kathy Strahs October 16, 2012 at 7:00 PM

After-dinner mints make great cookies – who knew? :-)

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shelly (cookies and cups) October 17, 2012 at 5:22 AM

I have a kiddo who LOVES mint anything!! He would go crazy for these cookies!!
shelly (cookies and cups)´s last blog post ..Blondie Ice Cream Sandwiches

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Sommer@ASpicyPerspective October 17, 2012 at 5:53 AM

Those are some good looking cookies! And Kathy, I always feel the happiness when I come visit your site. :) :)
Sommer@ASpicyPerspective´s last blog post ..Halloween Gumball Crafts

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Kathy Strahs October 17, 2012 at 7:07 AM

Awwww…thanks, Sommer. :-)

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Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies October 17, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Ooh, these do look really thick and chewy. I totally have a weakness for Andes chocolates!
Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies´s last blog post ..Vegan Pumpkin Mug Brownie

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Jessica@AKitchenAddiction October 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

These look perfect! I find myself in the kitchen, too, when needing to relieve stress or escape from life for awhile!
Jessica@AKitchenAddiction´s last blog post ..Spice Glazed Caramel Apple Scones

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Lil Sis October 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM

These sound good! As your sister, I love contributing to your happiness and gladly accept care packages!! Love the plate :-) very fitting!

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Kathy Strahs October 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Thanks for that plate! :-)

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen October 17, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I’m the same Kathy, the act of being int he kitchen creating always makes me happy.
Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen´s last blog post ..Twice Baked Roasted Butternut Squash Puree with Parmesan and Sage

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Lisa | With Style and Grace October 19, 2012 at 7:39 PM

YES, this is my kind of cookie!!
Lisa | With Style and Grace´s last blog post ..Gluten-free ‘no bake’ Granola Bars

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vanillasugarblog November 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

you know how everyone has a favorite combo?
mine is mint and chocolate
heads and tails above pb & chocolate
the only time that food creating is like work is when I’ve sprained my knee
then it’s hard (which happens to be this week)
booo
vanillasugarblog´s last blog post ..pumpkin blondies

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Alex April 1, 2013 at 9:27 PM

You should totally add a couple of drops of green food coloring in! I make these a lot and it was so weird seeing mint cookies without the green tint!

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