Sunday, March 15, 2009
Need a Night Cap?
How about one made of chocolate and mint?
I should have finished the Baking Beauties challenge earlier this week, as I needed something to help relax my mind before bed. I have been stressed out with our impending move and am finding it difficult to quiet my thoughts. These chocolate cookies, with a mint ganache filling, would easily send me off to a pleasant dreamland.
I made the Mint Nightcap Cookies over two days; I completed the ganache last night and the cookie portion this afternoon. After sneaking a little nibble of the "mint" infused chocolate ganache, I felt there wasn't enough of punch to it. I decided to add some chopped fresh mint to the cookie dough to help increase the intensity.
The ganache was a standard recipe of heavy cream and chocolate (of the semi-sweet variety). As I mentioned, the tablespoon of chopped mint did not impart enough flavour when boiled with the cream. If I were to make this recipe again, I would either let the mint steep in the cream for about half an hour, or add more than the recipe called for.
The cookie dough was quite simple to prepare. I managed to fit all of the cookies onto two baking sheets. I used a small ice cream scoop to portion out the dough, so that the sizes were all relatively equal. However, a spoon would've sufficed. I cooked them for the required 8 minutes, rotating the sheets halfway through.
The recipe calls for assembly just prior to serving. I plan on bringing these cookies to an afternoon get together later this week, so I only assembled a few for us to test tonight. I must say, these cookies were a treat! Quite rich in flavour, I could eat only one. I couldn't think of a better snack to send us off to bed...