Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

What’s more American than a Chocolate Chip Cookie?  How about a Mint Chocolate Chip Cookie on Christmas?

The chocolate chip cookie was a delicious accident.  It was discovered in 1930 by Ruth Graves Wakefield, in Whitman, Massachusetts.  Owner of the Toll House Inn, a popular restaurant that always supplied a good home cooked meal.  Ruth’s cookbook, published in 1936, featured a recipe called “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie,” and soon became a popular treat across the country.

Using bits of Nestle Chocolate, she accidentally discovered the treat by trying to melt the chocolate in the batter as the cookies baked.  Fortunately, the chocolate did not melt, and left the bits of chocolate chunks in the cookies…and the chocolate chip cookie was born.

Ruth went on to sell her recipe to Nestle for a lifetime of chocolate chips, and with every bag of Nestle’s milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips, Ruth’s original chocolate chip cookie recipe is printed on the back.

(Source: Nestle Toll House)

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A delicious way to celebrate this treat, is to add some mint and green food coloring!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon mint extract
  • 6 drops of green food dye
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  3. Beat together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, mint, and food dye in large bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips
  5. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden. (I like to bake them just before they are golden brown. This creates a delicious, doughy inside.)
  7. Enjoy these chocolate chip cookies warm with a tall glass of chilled milk – maybe Santa might want some…
Inspired by Nestle's chocolate chip cookie recipe (just take a look at the back of a bag of chocolate chip cookies).