Chocolate and Mint Cookies
I was trawling through my recipe cuttings and scrawled scraps of paper the other day, trying to find my rose meringue recipe. I failed to find it, unfortunately, but I came across this one from the Bodmin Plant & Herb Festival using fresh mint. This is the first year we forgot to go to this annual event hosted by the Bodmin Plant & Herb Nursery and we are feeling rather aggrieved about it. As well as lots of plants and herbs for sale, there are a number of related stalls and events. One of the highlights for me, is tasters of various recipes using fresh herbs that are walked around the place like a cocktail party -this year I missed out on Peppermint Truffles apparently. The recipes are all printed out and free for the taking. There is usually at least one I want to take away and this one for chocolate and mint cookies must have caught my fancy one year – can’t think why!
This is what I did:
- Melted 100g plain chocolate over a bowl of hot water.
- Whizzed 90g brown sugar in a food processor with 3 sprigs of fresh spearmint (about 10 smallish leaves) until the leaves were finely chopped.
- Beat in 1 large duck egg.
- Mixed in the melted chocolate.
- Sifted in 100g spelt and 1/4 tsp baking powder.
- Left to cool for an hour.
- Spooned teaspoonfuls onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Baked at 170C for 10 mins.
- Left to cool for a couple of minutes then lifted onto a wire rack to cool completely.