Mocha Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Thick and chewy chocolate chip cookies made with fresh mint and a hint of coffee flavor.

MOCHA MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. A thick chewy chocolate chip cookie made with fresh mint and a hint of coffee flavor.I have always been a fan of chocolate mint. Normally, I use mint extract simply because it’s readily available, but the extract can’t compare to the real thing. Fresh mint has a more delicate and pure taste to it. So, I was super excited when my wonderful neighbours gave me a lovely bunch of fresh mint from their garden.

I was searching online to see what I could make with it, and I came across a recipe for fresh mint chocolate chip cookies. I decided to add some instant coffee to the recipe to give it a mocha mint flare, kind of like one of my favorite Starbucks drinks, the Peppermint Mocha.

MOCHA MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. A thick chewy chocolate chip cookie made with fresh mint and a hint of coffee flavor.These cookies are thick and soft with a chewy gooey centre. They are loaded with chocolate chips and have a burst of fresh mint flavor with a little kick of caffeine. So, enjoy them with your morning coffee or as an afternoon  snack. These cookies will perk you up any time of the day.

MOCHA MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. A thick chewy chocolate chip cookie made with fresh mint and a hint of coffee flavor.

Mocha Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Servings: makes about 16 cookies
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Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/3 cup (5 grams) fresh mint leaves

3/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

1 large egg

1 & 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 tbsp plus 1 tsp instant coffee

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

1) Chop butter into small pieces and roughly chop mint leaves. Place both in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Constantly stirring, cook the mint leaves in the butter for about 5 minutes and remove from heat. Pour through a fine sieve and using a rubber spatula, press the mint leaves to extract as much of the mint oil as possible. Let cool to touch.

2) Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream butter and brown sugar. Then mix in vanilla and egg.

3) In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and instant coffee together. Slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

4) Using a medium cookie scoop or 2 tablespoons, drop rounded cookie doughs onto a try, cover and refrigerate for 2-24 hours.

5) When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees celsius. Place cookie doughs 2 inches apart from one another and bake for 10 minutes or just until edges start to brown.

Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Recipe adapted from Baker Bettie.

No-Bake Salted Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Tart

An oreo cookie crust with a mascarpone whipped cream filling, and topped with a salted dark chocolate ganache. This easy, no-bake dessert is perfect for the summer.

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE MASCARPONE TART. Oreo cookie crust with a melt-in-your-mouth mascarpone cream filling and topped with salted chocolate ganache.With the temperature cooling down this past week, I was worried that the summer weather was over. But, I’m glad the heat is back because summer is so short here in Ontario, and as hot and humid as it can get at times, I always try to make the best of it and not complain. And hey, what better time to put together a no-bake recipe, right?

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE MASCARPONE TART. Oreo cookie crust with a melt-in-your-mouth mascarpone cream filling and topped with salted chocolate ganache.We were having company over and I decided to splurge and make something with mascarpone. As much as I love mascarpone, I don’t cook with it very often because I find it quite expensive. Although, I’ve read online that you can make your own for only $2 compared to $8 from the supermarket.  If you’re interested, check out the how-to from Pastry Affair. It seems pretty easy. You can also substitute the mascarpone with cream cheese in this recipe.

NO-BAKE CHOCOLATE MASCARPONE TART. Oreo cookie crust with a melt-in-your-mouth mascarpone cream filling and topped with salted chocolate ganache.This dessert is love at first bite. The whipped cream mascarpone is light and creamy, paired with the smooth dark chocolate ganache, and topped with a little sprinkle of sea salt to enhances all the flavors as everything just melts-in-your-mouth.

No-Bake Salted Dark Chocolate Mascarpone Tart

  • Servings: 8-10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

2 cups Oreo cookie crumbs

6 tbsp melted unsalted butter

1/2 cup cold whipping cream

275 grams softened mascarpone cheese (or 250 grams of cream cheese)

3/4 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla

8 oz dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)

1 cup whipping cream

1 tbsp sea salt flakes

Instructions

1) Mix the cookie crumbs with the melted butter and press onto the bottom and sides of a 9″ tart pan. Chill in freezer.

2) Using a handheld mixer, whip the whipping cream till soft peaks form, set aside.

3) In a separate bowl, whip together the mascarpone, sugar and vanilla until incorporated. Add the whipped cream to the mixture and blend untill smooth. Pour over the chilled crust. Place back in freezer for at least 1 hour.

4) To make the ganache, place the whipping cream in a small saucepan. Constantly stirring, bring to a simmer over medium heat. Pour over chocolate chips and whisk until smooth. Let cool to touch and pour over frozen tart and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.

Recipe by Little Sweet Baker

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