Mint chocolate has a whole new meaning with these fresh mint chocolate chip cookies. The flavor from the fresh mint will convert you for life, you will never go back to mint extract. These cookies are slightly crisp on the outside and soft and incredibly chewy on the inside.
I came to a realization the other day that I need to spend more time and energy on my biggest love in baking: Cookies.
Yeah sure, I love to bake all kinds of things like pie, and cake, or bread. All of that is great and I’m never going to stop exploring the baking world. But it has always come back to cookies for me. Cookies feel like my calling.
I feel like I am a fairly shy person. I don’t like to brag about myself much and I often feel uncomfortable when a lot of attention is directly on me. But my cookie baking and creating ability is the one thing that I feel okay bragging about. Because I can make some of the best damn cookies you’ve ever tasted.
I’ve watched a lot people eat my cookies fresh out of the oven and proclaim that it was the best cookie they had ever eaten. I love that. I will brag about that. And it’s not even a humble brag. It’s a full out confident brag.
Remember when all of a sudden cupcakes became a thing? They still are. Cupcakes seem like they are everywhere these days. It’s like a cult following. And now it’s starting to move on to donuts. People are all like, “Donuuuuuuuts! OMG!”
I don’t know if cookies will ever have their time. Maybe they are just timeless and never really out of style. But I just can’t help but see all the potential with cookies and the flavor and texture combinations that are so fun to play with. So I am dedicating myself to do more of that. To push the boundaries of cookies and continue to create the best damn cookies ever. Maybe that should be the name of my cookie cookbook: “The Best Damn Cookies Ever.” Best seller, for sure.
I never loved the mint chocolate combination that much. I mean, if it’s put in front of me I will always eat it. It is chocolate after all. But it isn’t a flavor combination that I would usually pick. That is until I was encouraged the try this mint chocolate chip gelato recently that was made with fresh mint instead of mint extract. It was heavenly.
And I realized it isn’t so much the mint chocolate combination that I didn’t like. It is more the slightly medicinal quality that mint extract always adds to things. But fresh mint eliminates all that and adds this delicate herbaceous note. It was just so lovely.
I knew I wanted to try to make a fresh mint chocolate chip cookie. I extracted all the amazing fresh mint flavor from the leaves by steeping them in the butter while I was browning it and letting it cool. These were a mega success. Perfectly chewy and filled with bittersweet chocolate morsels. And the background flavor of fresh mint that kicks in is surprising and herby and amazing.