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Mint Crinkles

Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!

The Lizard (our oldest son) recently broke his face.

Yep. You heard me right.

In a brave but disastrous backflip-into-a-foam-pit attempt, he took a very hard knee to the face resulting in an orbital fracture around one eye, with accompanying black eye and swollen cheek.  It was adorable.  And extremely painful.

I didn’t get medical attention for him right away, because, what are they going to do?  Put a cast on his face?  But after a few days, I thought better of it and took him to the doctor.  The doctor, naturally, ordered a scan, and upon seeing the results of the scan, freaked out and sent us directly to the emergency room.

Where we were told that there is nothing they can do.

And then charged me hundreds of dollars for this.  *sigh*

(See related post:  Chocolate Peppermint Crinkles)

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As irritated as I was about the whole situation, by the time we returned home, I just needed something to be easy and reliable.

This is when I decided that making cake mix cookies was a brilliant idea.  They are always easy and reliable, they are easy to customize, and they are just plain tasty.

I customized this batch by adding peppermint extract and green food coloring, and rolling them in powdered sugar.  In stark contrast to my decision to go to the emergency room, the decision to make these cake mix cookies made me feel quite happy.

Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!Mint Crinkles from JensFavoriteCookies - a fun and easy way to customize your cake mix cookies!

In case you haven’t guessed it already, this cookie is the Cookie of the Month for March!

This means I’ll be giving away a set of these awesome silicone mats from Kitchen Executive Chef to one lucky winner!  Kitchen Executive Chef has also agreed to let Jen’s Favorite Cookies readers have a 25% discount on the purchase of silicone mats.  Just click here and use the promo code:  JFCOOKIES    at checkout to get the discount.

In order to win your own set, all you have to do is make these cookies, and send me a photo of them!  There are three ways to enter:

1. Tag me on Instagram  @jensfavoritecookies
2. Drop your photo on my Facebook page  (Don’t just tag me, Facebook is not very reliable with letting me see tags.)
3. Email the photo to me at:  jen@jensfavoritecookies.com

You know what else you get with this Cookie of the Month?  Lots more cookies involving MINT!  Check out what my cookie-loving friends made this month!

Chocolate Peppermint Whoopie Pies from Bake or Break
White Chocolate Grasshopper Cookies from Crumb: A Food Blog
Peppermint Patty Stuffed Chocolate Cookies from Tastes of Lizzy T
Melt in Your Mouth Mint Meringues from Kelli’s Kitchen
Mint Milano Cookies from Posed Perfection
Mint Chocolate Crinkle Cookies from 365 Day of Baking and More
Mint Crinkles from Jen’s Favorite Cookies

 

Want more?  Try these minty favorites!

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Mint Crinkles
 
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A simple, mint flavored cake mix cookie.
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Recipe type: Cookies
Serves: 2 dozen
Ingredients
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup powdered sugar, divided
  • ½ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • green food coloring *(see notes)
Instructions
  1. Combine butter, eggs and cake mix, mixing until well combined.
  2. Add ¼ cup powdered sugar, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Mix well.
  3. Place remaining ¼ cup powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Roll dough into tablespoon-sized balls, roll in the powdered sugar to coat, and place on baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.
  4. Let cool before serving.
Notes
I use gel food coloring, which is very difficult to measure. You can use as much as you want to get the color you desire. If you use the liquid drops, you can expect a bit lighter cookie color.

 

Mint Cake

This green mint cake is dense and flavorful.  Try this mint layer cake recipe for your next celebration!

Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!The Hippie Chick had another birthday.  Why do they just keep happening?

She’s getting so grown up, and so beautiful, it makes me feel completely unprepared for the future that lies ahead of her.  What happened to my cute little baby girl?

While she continues to grow and change, some things never change, like her love of vanilla.  I hope you don’t think me a bad mom, but when she asked for vanilla cake for her birthday (again!), I totally talked her out of it.  I told her it’s boring (which is true), and that it’s been done to death (also true), and that I’m sure we could come up with something much more interesting this year.

After some back and forth, we finally agreed on this Mint Cake.  Mission accomplished.

Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!

Here’s a little glimpse into my life.  Since Hippie Chick’s birthday is so close to her cousin Tank’s birthday, we celebrate them both together, and this year, the celebrating happened at Tank’s house.

This means I had to make the cake and photograph it before taking it to the big party.

Which means I had to cut a piece out of it.  {Perhaps you remember my feelings about that?}

Which means I had to take it to the party after cutting a big chunk out of it.  My poor kids.  Lucky for me, they don’t seem to mind this embarrassment.

Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!

The bigger problem was that my car was in the shop, and we were borrowing a car which did not have working air conditioning.

And it’s July.  And the party is at 5 pm.

And did I mention that I live in the desert?

The frosting and all the beautiful white chocolate decorations were no match for the 95F degree heat.

Mint Cake with Vanilla Buttercream from JensFavoriteCookies.com - This green mint cake is dense and flavorful!

On the bright side, this kept no one from eating it.  Every piece was devoured, and I literally took home an empty platter.

An empty platter, and a bag full of birthday gifts for Hippie Chick.  Happy Birthday baby girl!

 

Want more?  Check out these great birthday cakes!

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Mint Cake
 
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A moist and dense mint-flavored buttermilk cake, with vanilla buttercream frosting.
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Recipe type: Cake
Serves: 12
Ingredients
CAKE:
  • 1 box white cake mix
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 egg + 2 egg yolks
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • green food coloring
FROSTING:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream or buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • about 2½ cups powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, buttermilk, milk, and eggs.
  2. In large mixing bowl, place cake mix, shortening, and half of the sour cream mixture. Mix well.
  3. Add remaining sour cream mixture, and mix well.
  4. Add mint extract and food coloring. (I used a small squeeze of green gel food color.) Mix until combined. You may need to scrape down the sides and mix a second time.
  5. Divide batter evenly between two greased 9-inch round cake pans, spreading evenly around each pan. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Let cool before frosting.
  6. For frosting, whip butter for 2-3 minutes until fluffy and white. Add remaining ingredients and whip well, until smooth and combined.
  7. Frost between layers, and around the outside of the cake. If desired, garnish with white chocolate shavings.

 

Virgin Mojitos

Virgin mojito recipe; Learn how to make a virgin mojito with this easy recipe.

How to make Virgin Mojitos from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  this mint and lime drink is non-alcoholic and so refreshing!The Hippie Chick called me this morning, about an hour after school started, to tell me she didn’t feel very good.  This time she didn’t even bother trying to sound sick.

I felt a little guilty telling her to stick it out and try to make the best of it, but I think 9 out of the last 10 times I have checked her out of school I have regretted it.  Most of the time, she is really not that sick, and whatever does ail her is instantly better as soon as everyone else gets home from school.

Call me skeptical.

Nevertheless, I figured if she did have an upset stomach and a bad school day, a little light, refreshing, minty beverage might be a welcome relief.  This was as good an excuse as any to make this fun beverage I have been craving for a couple weeks now.  I picked up some fresh mint and ginger ale while I was out, and whipped these up right before she got home.

I knew the mint would do her good.  She has a long and painful history of… well,… hmm…  let’s just say we have developed several techniques for dealing with car sickness.  One of our favorites is keeping a bag of mints with us on long road trips.  The mint seems to calm her stomach, and I’m always a fan of anything that helps the kids breath.  (No one wants to smell the barf burps.)

How to make Virgin Mojitos from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  this mint and lime drink is non-alcoholic and so refreshing!

Being a non-drinker, I’m always on the lookout for a fun drink that doesn’t involve alcohol.  I like sharing them with my kids, too.  There are a couple ways to make virgin mojitos.  One technique involves making a mint-infused simple syrup.  It’s nice because it doesn’t involve a lot of leaves floating in your glass.   Continue reading “Virgin Mojitos” »

Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Mints

Cream cheese butter mints recipe;  You’ll love this cream cheese butter mints recipe, it’s an instant classic!

Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Mints from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  These homemade cream cheese mints are a cinch to make and will really impress your friends!When Robb leaves town for one of his week-long business trips, the eating habits of this family have a tendency to change.

For example, we are less apt to sit together and eat a decent meal.  This past week, I think we had zero family meals.  It was a big dinner fail for sure.

Of course, all three of my kids ended up being either busy or sick on their assigned night to cook dinner.  Figures.  Kids have the most convenient timing.

I didn’t have any trouble making some treats, though.  {I never do.}

This week, I figured it would be a good time to revisit the cream cheese mints.  There’s something about the mint flavor that is so refreshing, don’t you think?

And, I made them green, because it’s March.

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Once a month, I share one of my favorite recipes with My Cooking Spot.

In past months, I have shared recipes for Kentucky Derby Pie, Oreo Truffles, Chocolate Cake Batter Dip, and Giant Peanut Butter Swirled Chocolate Chip Cookies, just to name a few.

This month?  I’m sharing these Cream Cheese Mints.

Chocolate Dipped Cream Cheese Mints from JensFavoriteCookies.com  -  These homemade cream cheese mints are a cinch to make and will really impress your friends!

To get the recipe for these incredible, delicious mint candies, head over to My Cooking Spot!  Besides this one, you’ll find all kinds of great recipes there.

Click here to get the recipe

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Mint Sandwiches and Holiday Food Party

Chocolate Mint Candy; These easy candies are made with layers of chocolate and mint.

Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite CookiesThis December is shaping up to be  an… umm… exciting one.  For lack of a better word.

After spending Thanksgiving recovering from pneumonia, which is, by the way, one of the least pleasant experiences I have ever had, my kids also got sick, my husband left town on a business trip and then my fridge died.

Merry Christmas, right?

I spent my week shopping for refrigerators and not for groceries, and running all my fridge-purchase-decision-questions past Robb over the phone.

Ugh.

And thus, this week’s dessert is simple, easy, and requires no refrigeration.

Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies

If you haven’t yet, it’s time you met my friends!

I love spending the holidays with my friends, and we love sharing our favorite holiday treats with you.  Check out all the amazing recipes we came up with for this party!

Just click on each photo to jump to the recipes.

Christmas Food Party on Jen's Favorite Cookies

Red Velvet Parfait from Cravings of a Lunatic Cranberry & Brie Bites from Crumb Blog Soft Gingerbread Cookies from Roxana's Home Baking Coconut Spice Cake from Magnolia Days Gingerbread Biscotti from Created By Diane Caramel Biscoff Blossoms from That Skinny Chick Can Bake Mint Sandwiches from Jen's Favorite Cookies White Chocolate Cranberry Layer Cake from Pineapple and Coconut Candy Cane Kiss Brownies from Chocolate Moosey Triple Chocolate Buche de Noel from Girl in the Little Red Kitchen Gingerbread Pumpkin Trifle from Hungry Couple NYC Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More

My Grandfather used to give all the girls in the family a box of mint sandwiches for Christmas, so this recipe holds nice memories for me.  To make life easy, I used candy melts like those in the links below.  If you want a nicer quality candy, you could splurge on better quality chocolate.

Either way, these simple candies make such a wonderful and memorable holiday treat!

More simple minty treats you’ll love:

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Mint Sandwiches and Holiday Food Party
 
Simple chocolate and mint sandwiches.
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Recipe type: Candy
Ingredients
  • 24 oz. chocolate candy melts
  • 12 oz. green candy melts
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
Instructions
  1. Melt 12 oz. chocolate. You can do this on the stove on low or medium heat, or in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring between each.
  2. Pour melted chocolate onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Spread out evenly, and let cool.
  3. Once first layer is set, (about 10-20 minutes) melt green candy for the second layer. Once melted, quickly stir in peppermint extract. Pour over first layer, and spread evenly. Let cool and set.
  4. Melt remaining chocolate candy, and spread over green layer. Let set.
  5. Use a large knife to cut candy into squares.

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Chocolate Mint Cookie Bars

Recipe for chocolate mint cookies;  These chocolate cookie bars use chocolate mint candies to give them a great flavor!

Chocolate-MintYou guys?  I have a little weakness for this one.  You know I’m a confessed chocoholic, right?

And what is the best thing to pair with chocolate?  Well, yes, it might be peanut butter.  But besides that… it’s mint.  {You might remember my discussion about my love for peppermint and hot fudge here.}

Glorious, delicious, refreshing mint.

In my “other” life, I am a piano teacher.  And, to encourage kids to think I’m cool to motivate kids to practice, I keep a jar of candy next to the piano.  For some reason, many of them fish past the Tootsie Rolls and go straight for the mint patties.  They’re almost always the first thing to go.

That, and the blue Jolly Ranchers.

It was nothing short of a miracle that I found a handful of mint patties left to bake with.

Sorry, piano students.  They went to a good cause, I promise.

Chocolate Mint Cookie Bars | Jen's Favorite Cookies

I decided to throw together some last minute cookie bars, and I seriously considered a repeat of these fun Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars.  They were memorable, to say the least.

But my chocolate cravings got the best of me, and with the presence of cocoa powder, mint chocolate chips, AND mint patties in my pantry, the decision became a verrry easy one.

A little too easy, maybe.

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With a bar like this, you really need to let it cool all the way before cutting into it.  Not that I would blame you for scooping it piping hot out of the pan with a spoon and throwing it on top of a scoop of mint ice cream.  It’s probably what I would have done, had I any mint ice cream in my house at all.

Fortunately for me, I was able to find a good excuse to leave the house directly after pulling them out of the oven.  My kids know there is no eating before photographing, but it doesn’t stop them from circling like vultures.

Or devouring like vultures.

Or squawking like vultures.

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Pear Blackberry Salsa

This salsa recipe uses berries and pears; A recipe for fruit salsa with blackberries, pears, and fresh mint.

fruit salsaMy husband is incredibly honest.  He doesn’t pull any punches, and he speaks his mind, which means I know when I ask him his opinion, I will get the real thing.  It’s one of my favorite things about him.

It’s also one of my least favorite things about him.

Especially when the opinion he voices is that I’m a messy cook and terrible at keeping the kitchen clean.  Not that I didn’t know that already, but still.  He followed it up with some advice to go with what I’m good at… being carefree and fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants.

Out of respect for that advice, I have created one of the most unusual and unplanned (and, by the way, not that messy) recipes I have ever done.  Even the recipe card below is full of estimates and no measurements whatsoever.

And Robb was right, it suited me just fine.

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Originally, I had intended to make a salsa with nectarines and blackberries, cilantro and jalapenos, but what was I thinking?  It’s nowhere near nectarine season.  They were not to be found.  So I walked around the produce department with my little 6-oz package of blackberries, looking for potential salsa ingredients.

I settled on pears.  Delicate, delicious, Barlett pears.

I knew I couldn’t use a jalapeno with a pear, because I didn’t want the pepper to be too overpowering.  I went with the milder Anaheim pepper.  And, I thought cilantro would be weird with pears, so I used mint.

fruit salsa

I was a little worried about this whole flavor combination, but I shouldn’t have been.  It’s unusual, for sure, but delicious.  The mint is a surprise, and a great compliment to the pear.

I’m not sure if I’ve told you this, but blackberries are my all-time favorite berry.  If I have to eat nothing but fruit, give me peaches and blackberries, and I will be just fine.

I’ll probably find a way to make a mess of the kitchen with them, but I’ll be just fine.

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Grasshopper Cookies

Grasshopper recipe; These mint oreo cookies are soft and easy to make, made with Oreo pudding mix.  Grasshopper Cookie Recipe.

Grasshopper recipeSometimes I wonder if my children are learning anything at school.

Take this recent example.  The Hippie Chick was struggling through her math, the same concept she has been taught over and over and over, and her brothers were trying to help her.  It wasn’t going too well, so Robb chimed in with some questions to get them thinking in the right direction.

“How many feet are in a yard?”
Silence.  “Thirteen?”
“Are you serious?”

Let’s move on.  “How much is in a gross?”
“Eight.”
“What?  You’ve obviously never bought fireworks.”  (Robb is from Wyoming.  Does it show?)

At this point it was becoming a game.  “How long is a fortnight?”
“Six.”
“Six what?”
“24 hours.”
“Not even close.”

mint oreo

“How much is two bits?”
“A dollar.”
*sigh* (followed by long conversation about the answers to all these questions.)

Later on, Robb looked up the history of “two bits,” which was actually pretty interesting, and which I’m sure the Fruitarian would have loved, had he not tired of the conversation long before.  It’s all about pieces of eight, which you’ll know all about it you’ve ever watched the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  A piece of eight was like a silver dollar, and people frequently chopped them into eight pie-slice pieces, called bits, to have small change.  So two bits was basically a quarter dollar.

Learn something new every day.

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Not that pirate coins or fortnights or even learning something new has anything to do with Grasshopper Cookies.  The Lizard is reading this over my shoulder as I write, and telling me so.

Umm, thanks dude.  I know.

There’s just only so much you can say about cookies, isn’t there?  I mean, it’s soft, it’s minty, it’s got chopped chocolate mint cookies in it, the entire batch disappeared in less than 24 hours… it’s basically the same old story.  The same old wonderful, delicious story.

With mint.

But I’m thrilled to see that he is picking up on some basic writing elements.  Perhaps there is hope for the future after all.

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Friday Favorites #3: Best Recipes this week from around the Blogosphere

It is definitely spring, with summer just around the corner.  It has been sunny in my neck of the woods, although not necessarily warm.  It has been enough to make me feel like putting away the soup recipes and bringing out the summer salad recipes.  The other day, I volunteered to take dinner to a neighbor, an elderly couple who had been ill for some time.  I opted for chicken salad, made with a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store deli.  I was also thrilled to find blackberries on sale, and I paired them with lemon-flavored whipped cream.  It was a perfect summer meal, even if it’s barely April.

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Peppermint Meltaways

A recipe for a simple, dense mint cookie.

Source: Square Bakery, though I admit to a small change or two.

Yield: 2-3 dozen

I’m a sucker for mint.  Peppermint, spearmint, any kind of mint, I’ll take it.  I’ve been wanting to try this recipe for a while, and the day finally came.  Hooray!  I was a little nervous, because the last time I made meltaways, I actually threw them in the trash.  They were horrendous.   I want so badly for them to be good, though, that I thought it was worth a second look.

This recipe from Jen at Square Bakery looked promising.  The comments showed a little confusion about some aspects of the recipe, and really helped me decide how to make it.  I still don’t think this is my favorite cookie of all time, but it is definitely worthy of eating and sharing.  I’ll share a couple items to consider when you are making it.

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