Dark Chocolate Mint Cookies

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‘Tis the season! Though highly controversial, one of my favorite combinations is mint and chocolate. I decided to
have some fun and create a cookie recipe…it turned out superrrr fluffy, not too sweet, and like a combination of a cookie and a brownie…NOT hating it. It’s a perfect combination of seasonal flavors and great for a holiday festivity! Here’s what you’ll need:

1 cup brown sugar
2 cups flour
1.5 stick of butter
1 egg
1.5 teaspoon Vanilla extract
1.5 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of dark chocolate cocoa powder (I love Hershey’s!)
1 bag of holiday Mint M and M’s (of your favorite addition if you don’t like mint, you can do regular M and M’s, peanut butter chips, go CRAZY)

First you’ll want to nuke the butter; I did for about 25 seconds. Put the butter and brown sugar in a bowl and use your hands to combine thoroughly- I like using my hands with baking because I think it really gets everything mixed together well.
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Next, add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix well again.

Now, add in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well.
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Finally, add in the dark chocolate cocoa powder and mix, mix, mix.
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Grease a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and put your M and M’s (of whatever you are adding in) into a bowl so they are easily accessible.

This is where I took a little extra work. I used my hands to make cookie dough balls but then I added in 3 M and M’s to each dough ball and rolled it around a little more in my palms. This ensures each cookie gets the addition and the dough is even. (I also added a lil red sprinkle just to add to the season! )
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Once all done, put the entire cookie tray into the freezer for about 15-20 minutes.

NOW, preheated the oven to 350.

After about 15-20 mins in the freezer place the cookies in the oven to cook for about 12-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
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Take out, let cool, and enjoy!! These are amazing with a glass of milk (or coffee and bailey’s – wink wink). Enjoy and share with friends- surprise them with this entirely homemade cookie recipe!!
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Enjoy and Happy Holidays all!!

-Ena

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