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June 29, 2008

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Lorraine

These look sooooo delicious!! I think the idea of using junior mints is brilliant. I imagine that the flavor is more subtle then mint chips and you have the added bit of chocolate!

Gloria from Texas

When Nestlé's discontinued their mint chocolate chips a few years ago, I wrote to them about where I could get them. They were kind enough to send me a "recipe" for a substitute. I thought I'd share it with you.

Creating Mint Morsels Using Semisweet Morsels

Place 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Nestlé Toll House Semisweet Chocolate Morsels in a medium, heavy-duty plastic bag or container. Add ¼ tsp. pure peppermint extract; seal bag or cover container. Shake to coat. Store for 24 hrs to allow sufficient time for morsels to absorb the mint extract.
Don't have 24 hrs to spare? Here is what we recommend. The results are almost as good as waiting 24 hrs:
Place 2 cups Nestlé Toll House Semisweet Chocolate Morsels in a medium, heavy-duty plastic bag or container. Add ½ tsp. pure peppermint extract; seal bag or cover container. Shake to coat.
The mint-favored morsels can be added directly to your recipe or melted according to morsel package directions.
Note: Peppermint Flavoring and Pure Peppermint extract can be used interchangeably.

Oatmeal Cookie Guy

Thanks, Lorraine. The Junior Mints have a more "natural" flavor than the green mint chips I bought online and used in the first iteration of this recipe. And you're right...they add another touch of chocolate. To quote Ina Garten: "How bad can that be?"

Oatmeal Cookie Guy

Hi, Gloria! Thanks for the info *and* the recipe! I'm going to move this to up to the main page for everyone else to see. Thanks again!

Em

Oh. My. God.
These are amazing. And I've only tasted the dough.
Instead of using Junior Mints, I used what I had on hand (ground up coffee beans into my own version of espresso powder, Andes Creme De Menthe Baking chips, and Cappuccino chips I found at World Market).
Amazing.
My favorite, by far.

Em

and after eating the very vast majority of them, I am reminded why I don't bake your cookies as often. Because I eat them all.

Oatmeal Cookie Guy

Ha! Thanks, Em. :-) That's how Cookie Mondays were born...I need to have other people eat the cookies before I could. Glad you liked these guys. :-)

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