Did you know the first cookie sales for the Girl Scouts was in 1917 by a troop in Muskogee, Oklahoma. However, during World War II, the Girl Scouts sold calendars in addition to cookies because of the shortages of flour, sugar and butter. In 2007, sales were estimates at about 1200 million boxes per year and as of 2015, the GSA began to offer the ability to purchase their cookies with credit/debit cards via an online site or "Digital Cookie" App! Thin Mints, along with Samoas (which were renamed this year to Caramel DeLites) are among the top two most popular. They're a rich chocolate with a hint of mint and my recipe delivers in taste and richness!
Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
12T ( 1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. peppermint extract (I used peppermint oil and reduced this to 1/8 tsp.)
1 1/2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. Kosher salt
14 oz. bittersweet chocolate (397g)
1/2 tsp. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract (I used 1/4 tsp. peppermint oil)
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment, cream the butter thoroughly. Add the sugar, while the mixer is running on low and continue to beat until fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg and extracts and beat once more.
Add the dry ingredients and mix on low until the dough is fully incorporated.
I divided the dough in half and I use pie dough rounds to roll out to the desired thickness of 1/4-inch.
Chill the dough rounds about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. I used a 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, but you can choose the size you want. I was able to get 2 1/2 dozen using this size.
Once the chocolate is ALMOST completely melted, remove the bowl from the heat and continue to stir until the chocolate is completely melted. This method helps to temper the chocolate and give the finished cookie a shine!
I used a fork and placed a cookie on it to dip into the melted chocolate. Tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove excess chocolate. Have a sheet of parchment paper close by to place the dipped cookies on.
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