Updated: Jan 9
UPDATE: The winner is Jennifer Petersen. I LOVED this name. I totally thought it was magical and full o holiday spirit but also cleverly got the 'mint' in there. So congrats, Jennifer! I'll be in touch soon. :)
YOU GUYS!!! I have been sitting on this blog for a week and I can finally post it! Hahaha! I am in love with these cookies!!!
I love a good 'cookie mash-up' anyway, where you take two different kinds of cookies and put them together so you get two flavors in one? I mean-- deciding on ONE flavor? WHO NEEDS IT?! (Not a Libra, I promise you). ;)
BUT THESE... (If you love chocolate and peppermint and oreo and m&ms)... ARE CRAZY GOOD! AAAAANND... still thick and chewy the next day!! I haven't been hardcore about mint & chocolate since my college years!
I love mint chocolate chip cookies with a traditional buttery, salty batter but I also love the fudgey-ness of a thick chocolate cookie with peppermint. CHRISTMAS BAKING DILEMMA!!! AHHHHH!!!
But then I thought... "What if Christmas isn't just baking one dough?! What if Christmas MEANS BAKING JUST A LITTLE BIT MO'?!" So I took my little grinch self, bursted outside the box of what could be and my mint cookies grew THREE TIMES MORE DELICIOUS THAT DAY!!
These are half Chocolate Peppermint Oreo Cookies and Half Mint Chocolate Chip M&M cookies!
BUT THE MAJOR CHRISTMAS DILEMMA THAT CAUSES ME TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS?!!!
What to CALL THESE little minty clusterf*cks... So I asked on the Instagrams.
My first vote was 'Dark Holiday Magic Cookies.' Which I LOVED!! Because hello, magic is my JAM... AND ALSO, BECAUSE MAGICAL BAKING IS THE MOST MAGICAL OF ALL MAGICK!!! Those sound dreamy & decadent & whimsical... The kicker? Dark is in the name and they're not just dark. *wah* Also, there's no mention of mint which is what the cookie is all about. Hmmm... Is that enough to send it to the bin? OR!! Do I use this cookie name for another cookie? Something... darker... richer... spicier... to live up to that name? (Cause... you know I love the name... and all it's MAGIC!!!!)
I also got "Or-ee-oohhhhs!!" Cute and delicious but difficult to type. I mean... what WOULD the official spelling be? How do you hashtag all those h's?! Again, would love to use this for a more Oreo-centric dough, if you will. I'm a hard sell, man!!!
And THEN... I'm not sure what y'all are trying to tell me but my sister voted 'White Trash Christmas Cookies.' Hahaha!! You know, I would wear that badge with PRIDE if the dough was made of Twinkies or if the cookies were stuffed inside a Hostess Sno Ball or something. Ha! But while these ingredients are ready to party, they're hardly a hot mess in your mouth. They're not moonshine, they're a mixed drink, if you will. But you never know... maybe if the 'Shitter's full!' I'll reconsider. ;)
The technical, checks-all-the-boxes vote goes to my dad. He called them 'Doublemint Dipper Chippers!' He said they sound like two ice cream flavors-- Peppermint Oreo and Mint Chocolate Chip. But... and I hate to disappoint the Popskis... it's missing a distinguished holiday flair. I think Doublemint Dipper Chippers would be great for a chocolate mint cookie with chocolate chips, you know what I'm saying? These are INVOLVED. They're extra. And you're right... denying my DAD?? IS NO VOTE SAFE???!!!
"WHY IS THE CARPET ALL WET, TODD?!"
"I DON'T KNOW, MARGO!!"
I need to be inspired, people... What do you want from me? ;)
The final vote I got was from the big kid himself, Bill Donelly. He voted to call them 'Elf Vomit Cookies.' If you know ANYTHING about Bill, you would know he'd name EVERY holiday cookie this if he could. And actually........... truth be told............ I all sorts of love this name. It's like throwing everything Unicorn off of a cliff cause THERE'S A NEW ELF IN TOWN THAT'S READY TO PAR-TAY!!! I mean... don't you want Elf Vomit Ice Cream Sundaes? And Elf Vomit Birthday Cakes? And Elf Vomit Avocado Toast?
BUT... I ponder here because it's not a 'Everything But the Kitchen Sink' cookie per seeeeee.... It's a meeting of the minty minds... It's a seductive tango to hip hop music. It's a... It's a... It's a COOKIE. WHO ARE WE KIDDING? *sigh*
Anyway, folks... Those are the names I've gotten so far! Would love your help to either vote for your favorite or cast a vote yourself! Let me know what you think and I'll post the 'winner' on Instagram. Maybe they'll even get a little 'somethin' somethin'... I'll have to see how much time I have. ;)
Okay, flying reindeer... get to it!! And if you want MINTY MAGIC in your life, be sure to try these cookies and tag @ashevillecarnelian. They'll be a huge hit!! :)
(Makes about 40 2-oz cookies)
INGREDIENTS DOUGH #1 (Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies)
1 c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
3/4 c. sugar
1/8 tsp mint extract
3 1/4 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
3/4 c. semi sweet chocolate chips.
1 1/2 c. plain holiday m&ms
(Chocolate Peppermint Oreo)
INGREDIENTS DOUGH #2 (Chocolate Peppermint Oreo)
1 c. butter
2 c. sugar
4 T. oil
1/8 tsp mint extract
2 2/3 c. flour
1 c. cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
2/3 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
9 oreos, coarsely chopped
Package of candy canes or peppermint, crushed into small chunks with rolling pin
TO MAKE DOUGH #1:
1) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
2) In a mixer, beat the butter on medium-high. Add the sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the mint and mix until thoroughly combined. Add the flour mixture. Gently stir in the chocolate chips and m&ms by hand with a spatula.*
3) Line a baking sheet with parchment. Scoop the dough into 1 oz. chunks using an ice cream scoop. Set aside.
TO MAKE DOUGH #2:
1) In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2) In a mixer, beat the butter on medium-high. Add the sugar and oil, and beat until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time. Add the mint extract. Beat in flour mixture. Gently stir in the oreos.*
3) Line another baking sheet with parchment. Scoop the dough into 1 oz. chunks using an ice cream scoop. Set aside.
TO MARRY THE DOUGHS:
1) Take a chunk from each dough and squish them together. Put the baking sheet with combined dough balls into the fridge for an hour or two.
2) Preheat your oven to 325. Line baking trays with parchment. Sprinkle peppermint over the chocolate part of the cookies. Let the dough sit out for about 15 minutes. Bake six per tray for 16-20 minutes. If cookies don't spread, they need to sit longer out of the fridge. If they spread too much, they've been out too long. :)
3) EAAAAAAATTTTT.... :) :) :) :) :)
*If you want a prettier 'bakery style' cookie, reserve half of the m&ms or half of the chopped oreos when adding them to the dough. Right before baking, sprinkle 2-3 m&ms on top of the light dough or a nice chunk of oreo on top of your dark dough so the color really pops. :)