The Adventure Starts Here: A Hit and a Miss | St. Patrick's Day Treats

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Hit and a Miss | St. Patrick's Day Treats

Happy March 1st!  You know what that means???  We are officially in the month of St. Patrick's Day!  While technically Easter is in March this year too, I'm going to be diplomatic and give the first half of the month to all things green, and spend the last half focusing on bunnies, eggs, and Jesus.  So to get in the Irish spirit, I decided to whip up some Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I'm a huge fan of mint (ice cream, candies, chocolate, etc) and Noah thought it was pretty cool to make green cookies!  


MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
makes about 3 dozen

INGREDIENTS

2-1/2 cups flour
½ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup (2 full sticks) unsalted butter, softened
2 large eggs
1 tsp. mint extract
15-20 drops green food coloring
1 cup Andes baking chips (you can find them like this pre-chopped, or buy the traditional candy and chop yourself)
½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. 
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together sugar and butter. When creamy, add eggs, peppermint extract and food coloring. Mix until just combined - do not over mix.
3.  Add in the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix on low until just combined, do not over mix. 
4.  Add in chopped mints and chocolate chips, mixing briefly on low until incorporated through. 
5. Using a cookie scoop (tbsp size), drop the cookies (about 2-3 inches apart) onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 18 minutes.  
6.  Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before moving to a cooling rack.  Enjoy!






While the Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies were a huge hit, I had a less than successful baking attempt when I tried to make some Mini Irish Soda Bread.  I found the recipe in a cook book I received for Christmas filled with a ton of cookie recipes.  Let me start by saying that I love Irish Soda Bread but I'm not a fan of raisins.  And since store bought soda bread always have raisins in them, I thought it was time to try making my own.  To be fair, I tried last year and failed, and while this year was better than that, they still weren't great.  But just in case it's just me who isn't a fan, I'll share the recipe.  Maybe you will be able to tell me how to tweak and improve them.   As for me this year, I think I'll stick with store bought soda bread and just pick out the raisins ;)


MINI IRISH SODA BREADS
makes about 14-20 biscuits

INGREDIENTS

1-1/2 cups of flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1-1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
1 egg yolk
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 tbsp. honey

DIRECTIONS

1.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.   Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray. 
2.  Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Add the butter and beat with an electric mixer on low until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Stir in the caraway seeds.
3.  In a small bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, buttermilk, and honey.  Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened.  Do not over mix.  
4.  Turn out the clumps of dough onto a lightly floured work surface and gently knead once or twice until the dough comes together.  With one or two passes of a lightly floured rolling pin, gently roll the dough out 1/2 inch thick.  Dip a 1-1/2 inch biscuit cutter into some flour and cut as many rounds as you can from the dough.  Transfer the rounds to the prepared baking sheet.  Keep rolling out the dough and repeating until all the dough has been used.  
5.  Bake until the rounds have risen and are light golden, about 10-12 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 5 minutes.  These are good with butter or preserves spread on them.  

Happy baking!

12 comments:

  1. I NEED to make those cookies! We're big fans of chocolate and mint here. Not sure about soda bread though, I don't think Ive ever eaten any before? Is that bad? Lol

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  2. The cookies look so amazing and I'm sure taste just as good. Makes me think of mint chocolate chip ice cream and that's one of my favorites!! I've honestly never had Irish soda bread, so I'll be no help on that one. :)

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  3. Omg, totally making those cookies!

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  4. The cookies look amazing!! I am going to have to try those soon. And the bread...I've never heard of it, but it sounds good too!

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  5. Those cookies!!! Love them. They are so fun and festive. My girls would love to make these.

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  6. Both of these look super impressive...even if one was a bit better. I'm super Irish as well. We've been to Ireland twice, and we are big fans of all things Ireland. I already have Ben's St. Patrick's Day shirt, and a little hat for him to wear, haha. Thanks for sharing ;)

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  7. Those cookies look amazing! We love anything mint chocolate chip in our house!

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  8. Those cookies look amazing! I may need to give those a try!

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  9. bummer about the mini soda bread. Maybe because it is mini? I've never liked it myself though. I've got nothing for ya. But I'm with you on picking out raisins. I always liked cinnamon bread, but you always get raisins in them at the store. ick. Aria however picks the raisins out of raisin bagels and just eats the raisins. I guess she didn't get that from me.

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  10. I LOVE mint and chocolate! I need to try these ASAP!

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  11. I don't love mint chocolate chip but I love that these are so green! Totally perfect for St Patricks Day!

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  12. You have no idea how bad I want these cookies right now!

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