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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Grasshopper Cookies

Creamy mint frosting and chocolate ganache
on a cookie
that is so light you don't need to chew.  These cookies
literally melt in your mouth.

I wanted to try something new from all of my Pinterest
for a luncheon I was going to 
and so I was perusing my board 
on Pinterest called 
Killer Cookies.

The beautiful chocolate and mint caught my eye and 
I had all of the ingredients.  

These elegant and luscious cookies  by
start with a chocolate cake mix.  I love Betty Crocker's
Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix.  
They are then topped with
a creamy mint frosting and topped with the chocolate ganache.

Mint brownies have always been one of my favorites but
these are even better.

Grasshopper Cookies Recipe
(slightly altered from Six Sisters recipe)

1 chocolate cake mix (I used Betty Crocker's 
Triple Chocolate Fudge)
1/2 C. almost melted butter (they used oil)
2 eggs

Heat oven to 350 and line pans with parchment paper.
Lightly spray parchment paper with Pam (they stuck a little
without Pam.)

Mix the above in your mixer until well blended.  If your butter was warm
let the dough cool a minute until you can make balls out of it.

Make about 18 golf ball sized balls and flatten slightly
on pan.  Bake for 7-8 minutes, just until they look dry.
Let them cool on the pans.  The cookies are so soft and delicate
that I popped them in the fridge to firm them up before frosting 

Mint Frosting Recipe

1/2 C. soft butter
2 C. powdered sugar
2 T. water (they used milk - I like water
when working with mint flavoring)
1/2 tsp. Lorann oil, creme de menthe
or 5-6 drops peppermint oil
(They used peppermint extract.  I like the smoothness
of the creme de menthe oil if you can find it.  I think
it has a softer peppermint flavor.)
2-3 drops green food coloring

Whip the above in your mixer.  Add a little more water if the
frosting is too stiff.  You want a soft frosting so you don't tear
your delicate cookies.  If your frosting is too soft, add a little
more powdered sugar.

When the cookies are cool, frost each cookie.  I placed them
back in the fridge again
so that it would be easier to spread the chocolate

Chocolate Ganache

1 1/8 C. semisweet chocolate chips
3/8 C. butter

Place the above in a microwave safe bowl and heat
at 30 second intervals, stirring in between so that
the chocolate doesn't scorch.  Let the ganache cool 
about 10 minutes after it is all melted so it doesn't melt
the frosting as you spoon it on.

Spoon it on and swirl it with the back of your spoon.

I popped them in the fridge one more time.

(I halved their ganache recipe and still had quite a bit
left.  I guess I will have to make another batch.)

After the lunch I asked my daughter if she wanted to take home
the leftover cookies to her children.

She said, "What leftovers, they are all gone!"

Definitely a keeper.

Thank you Six Sisters.  Visit their blog.  They have such
delicious looking recipes.

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Gina said...

Those look awesome! Yum!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

yum, yum, yum!!!

Trisha said...

I love mint and chocolate and will definitely try this one out!


La Table De Nana said...

My daughter loves chocolate and mint~ When she had her 3 boys.. a must was to bring a box of laura Secord Chocolate mint chocolates..I am saving this:)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

They look very pretty with the light green! You know you have a winner when the plate's empty:@)

madge | the vegetarian casserole queen said...

Yummy! Love any recipe that starts with a cake mix.

The Six Sisters recipes are awesome, aren't they???

Sarah said...

What puzzles me is how you stay so trim while baking all these goodies in your home. Afraid there wouldn't be any left over here either. ;-)

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

That was going to be my question.
How do you manage to keep your lovely figure with all these wonderful baked goods... They look
sooooooo good..
Thank you so much for sharing

Norsky13 said...

Ohhhhh gorgeous cookies! Love, love, love your food pics!

Marigene said...

Those cookies sound yummy!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW aren't these amazing!! Good thing blogging has ZERO CALORIES!!! Have a fabulous weekend, Anita

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I get Six Sisters posts delivered by email! They do have some great recipes. These cookies look delicious with that thick, fudgy base!

Red Couch Recipes said...

The cookies look so good. I too love mint brownies and cookies. You are so gracious mentioning Six Sisters and that you found them on Pinterest. A lot only say they found the recipe on Pinterest. Guess who stopped by tonight? Fritz was so nice to see him. He was picking something up in Grand Junction. Joni

Winnie said...

These look AWESOME
So unique looking - love this

AshTreeCottage said...

Chocolate and mint in one cookie? Heaven! No need to say more.

Susan and Bentley

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Wonderful recipe... full of flavors I love... chocolate and mint!!!! You really photographed these cookies beautifully!!! I'll take two please! Thanks for bringing dessert to ON THE MENU MONDAY!

Kathleen Erbe said...

O MY CUPCAKES!!! These are fabulous looking, and soon they will be made and eaten, and then ecstasy. Blessings.


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