Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies & Cookbook Giveaway

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies & Cookbook Giveaway

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Our vacation has come to an end. We are now officially back to reality, and we’re here to stay. I can’t say I’m thrilled about it, but I’ am excited to get back into my kitchen again. Ideas are popping into my head like crazy and I can’t wait to experiment and try some new things.

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

In the meantime, I’m sharing a very classic combination of flavors packed into little sandwich cookies. I made these just before we headed off to the seaside. I thought we could take them with us and enjoy homemade cookies after an exhausting day at the beach while listening to crickets and the soothing silence of the sleeping baby. The cookies didn’t make it. We ate them all before we went anywhere.

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

The shortbread is wonderfully short and buttery, while the cocoa nibs and mint sugar add some texture and flavor to it. Cocoa nibs and mint sugar are optional, but they do add a lot to the whole eating experience. Mint sugar is really easy to make. The process is the same as with basil sugar I used for delicious berry tarts not so long ago.  The mint chocolate ganache is silky, creamy and wonderfully chocolatey with a lovely cooling aftertaste on the tongue. All in all, a very successful cookie indeed.

Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Giveaway

There’s one more thing before I move on to the recipe – the giveaway, of course. As you already might know, I am a regular contributor to The Confident Baker, a digital baking magazine with recipes for desserts and breakfast. The magazine’s publishing platform is compatible with the iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, and Android phones and tablets, but you can also download a PDF file to your computer. If you still haven’t downloaded The Confident Baker App, it’s the right time to do it.

Kathy Hargis, the publisher and editor of The Confident Baker, asked me if I wanted to co-host her next giveaway. I was stoked when I realized she will be giving away two wonderful cookbooks. Together we made a list of six of our favorite cookbooks, and the winner gets to pick two cookbooks from our list. So, what is your baking style? Which two of these cookbooks would you like to win?

My Paris Kitchen

My Paris Kitchen
Recipes and Stories
By David Lebovitz

When I announced that I will be hosting a giveaway, one of my readers suggested I include this cookbook. I had this particular book in my mind even before it was requested and it has been on my wish list ever since it was published, so I was very happy to put it on my list. I am a fervent reader of David’s blog and have tried many of recipes, all of which turned out awesome. My Paris Kitchen is a collection of stories and 100 sweet and savory French-inspired recipes from popular food blogger David Lebovitz, reflecting the way Parisians eat today and featuring lush photography taken around Paris and in David’s Parisian kitchen.

What Katie Ate

What Katie Ate
Recipes and Other Bits and Pieces
by Katie Quinn Davies

This one is my favorite, so I had to include it. I am a great admirer of the Australian food photographer and blogger Katie Quinn Davies and her gorgeous work. In her cookbook, she shares a dazzling collection of recipes, most of them simple, humble and rustic dishes. The recipes are accompanied by Katies’s mind-blowingly gorgeous images. The food in her photographs always looks so incredibly real and inviting. It makes me want to jump in and lick all the spoons.

Joy the Baker Cookbook

Joy the Baker Cookbook
100 Simple and Comforting Recipes
By Joy Wilson

The third, and last, cookbook I chose. I thought it would be nice to add another successful blogger to our list of authors. Both Kathy and I love her blog, as well as her baking and writing style. Her new cookbook is coming out in October, so we thought it would be nice to include her first book in this giveaway. In Joy’s own words, this cookbook is an unabashed celebration of butter, sugar, and heavy cream. With 100 recipes and 100 photos, you’re sure to find the perfect recipe for anything from Sunday quiche to chocolate cake just for you.

Sallys Baking Addiction

Sally’s Baking Addiction
Irresistible Cookies, Cupcakes, and Desserts for Your Sweet-Tooth Fix
by Sally McKenney

Yet another popular food blogger, this time chosen by Kathy. She recently bought this cookbook for herself and loved it so much that she wanted to include it in the giveaway. The cookbook is fully illustrated and offers 75 scrumptious recipes for indulging your sweet tooth–including a chapter of healthier dessert options for those who follow a vegan or gluten-free lifestyle. With dozens of simple, easy-to-follow recipes, you get all of the sweet with none of the fuss!

Six Sisters Stuff

A Year with Six Sisters’ Stuff
52 Menu Plans, Recipes, and Ideas to Bring Families Together

Six Sisters are also popular food bloggers that Kathy recently discovered. The cookbook includes more than 150 new recipes, complete with individual pictures, shopping lists, and easy-to-follow instructions. Six Sisters’ Stuff shows you how to create a no-hassle, tasty meal the whole family will enjoy… including dessert!

Mug Cakes

Mug Cakes
100 Speedy Microwave Treats to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
by Leslie Bilderback

Kathy stumbled on this one while surfing Amazon for new baking cookbooks and she says she was immediately enamored with it. Because she’s single, the notion of creating a quick, single-serving dessert for just her seemd totally awesome. Whether you live alone or just need a quick-fix to satisfy your sweet tooth, this cookbook is the one to have in your collection.

Giveaway Details

  • One winner will receive their favorite TWO (2) cookbooks from the list above
  • Winner will be chosen at random and have 48 hours to respond to the notification email or else a new winner will be selected
  • Giveaway starts Tuesday, August 26th 9:15 a.m. CET
  • Giveaway ends Monday, September 9th at 8:59 p.m. CET
  • $85 value
  • Open to anyone residing in a country where Amazon ships, 18 years and older

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Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Yields 60-70 sandwich cookies
Prep time: + dough and ganache chilling time
Cook time:
Total time:
Difficulty: Basic

Category: Cookies
A classic combination of flavors packed into cookies. They’re buttery and wonderfully chocolatey with a lovely cooling aftertaste of mint on the tongue. The cocoa nibs and mint sugar add a lovely texture and flavor to the shortbread. They are optional, but they do add a lot to the whole eating experience, so if you have some on hand, spare a couple of minutes and sprinkle them over the cookies.
For the shortbread cookies:
Ingredients
240g butter, at room temperature
200g sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 egg
380g all-purpose flour
cocoa nibs to decorate (optional)
mint sugar to decorate (optional)
Directions
In the bowl of your standing mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Add vanilla and egg, and continue to beat until well incorporated. Add the flour and mix it into the butter mixture on low speed until the dough starts holding together. Turn out the dough onto a clean work surface, divide it in half and shape each half into a flattened disk. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
On a well floured surface, roll the chilled dough until it’s 3 mm thick. Cut desired shapes with cookie cutters. Carefully transfer to prepared baking sheets and top each cookie with some cocoa nibs and mint sugar. Re-roll scraps and cut out shapes. Repeat with remaining dough.
Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes. Remove from oven as soon as they start to get color on the edges. They should stay light in color and only get a slight light-brown color on the bottom. Cool completely on wire rack before filling. Plain cookies can be kept in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
For the chocolate mint ganache filling:
Ingredients
300g chopped dark chocolate
200ml heavy cream
2 handfuls fresh mint, bruised
4 tbsp mint liqueur
2 tsp butter
Directions
Place the chopped chocolate in a heat resistant bowl and set aside. In a small, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the cream and bruised mint leaves. Bring the cream just to a boil and remove from heat. Cover with a lid and allow to steep for 30 minutes. Bring the mixture to the boil again, strain and pour over chocolate pieces and let this sit for a few minutes, until the chocolate is melted. Add the mint liqueur and butter and gently stir the cream and the chocolate together until combined. You should get a thick and smooth ganache. Chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, stirring every now and then, just until the ganache reaches a silky spreadable consistency.
To assemble the cookies, spread about a teaspoon of the ganache on the bottom side of one cookie and top with another cookie. Sandwich the cookies together and transfer to an airtight container. The sandwiched cookies can be kept for 4-5 days.

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