Saturday, January 28, 2012

Too much controversy, I'll just make my own

Girls Scouts are a paramilitary organization! Girl Scouts are a Tool of the Librul Left! Girl Scouts USA is an evil cabal enslaving millions of helpless children!

Jeez, I just want my cookies.*

Homemade “Thin Mints”.
adapted from a comment in Spoonfed Blog

For the cookies:
1 2/3 cups flour
3/4 cup + 3 T unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp salt
3/8 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 sticks butter
1/2 c honey
2 Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 tsp mint extract

Mix together dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream butter and honey, then add milk, vanilla, and mint. Slowly add the dry ingredients while beating. Once the mixture is well mixed (it will be fairly sticky) flour your hands and then form it into a ball. Roll the dough into a 1 1/2″ diameter log, wrap in wax paper, and chill for at least 2 hours. Slice the dough into 1/4" rounds and bake for 12-15 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet at 350F.

The original recipe called for a cup of sugar; I substituted honey. If you use sugar, you will need to adjust the dry ingredients for slightly smaller quantities and increase the milk to 3 T. Using honey for the sweetener will make the dough sticky. Before placing the dough on the wax paper, dust it lightly with flour, and make sure the dough gets a light dusting as you roll. Once it's cold it handles fine.

For the coating:
1/2 pound semisweet chocolate or semisweet melting dots
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 T mint extract

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler, stir in the vanilla and mint. Dip the cooled cookies into the chocolate and place them on a cold wax paper-lined cookie sheet (this will keep the bottoms neat) and put the sheet into the fridge to help the coating set, which only takes a few minutes.

I tried a chocolate glaze with unsweetened bakers chocolate, because that's what I had, but it didn't set, was more like an icing. I try to do everything the hard way. Don't get fancy unless you know what you're doing (unlike me), just buy the melting dots.

There was some leftover glaze, so we mixed it with milk and made hot chocolate! (Then we had cookies and hot chocolate for dinner. What can I say.)

* Seriously, commercial Girl Scout cookies are a natural foodie's nightmare. Don't buy the cookies, but do make a direct donation to the cookie sale (important for the individual troop--they need to demonstrate participation in order to get other benefits) and write to your local council and GSUSA about retooling the recipe to reflect current thinking about healthy eating and sustainable practices (i.e. get rid of the palm oil, the beet sugar, and the toxic additives.) 

1 comment:

  1. Melting dots. I learn so much here. Will give this a try.