March 2, 2012

Grasshopper Mint Cookies

When I saw these on Pinterest, I just knew I had to make some.   It is March after all.

These little cookies are some of my favorites! With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, I was trying to think of a yummy "green" treat. Green isn't exactly a color that I think of when it comes to dessert, but then I started thinking about mint . . . chocolate and mint are a match made in heaven, so I whipped up these little cookies. They start with a basic cake mix cookie, are covered with fluffy peppermint icing, and topped with a rich chocolate ganache (that is a fancy word for melted chocolate chips!). Don't like mint? No problem! Just substitute vanilla extract for the peppermint extract . . . they still taste amazing!

Grasshopper Chocolate Mint Cake Mix Cookies

Cookie bottom:
1 Devil's Food Cake Mix (I like the ones with pudding in the mix the best)
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs

Mix cake mix, oil, and eggs together (do not follow the directions on the back of the cake mix- disregard them completely). Drop spoonfuls of dough onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 6-9 minutes (don't cook any longer than that! You don't want them to be overdone!). Let cookies cool completely.

Peppermint Frosting:
1/2 c. butter, softened
2 Tablespoons milk
2 c. powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
Green food coloring (optional- I added about 8 drops to get the colors of green that I had)
Mix together all the ingredients (add more or less powdered sugar until you get the consistency you like). Spread on top of each cooled cookie.

Chocolate Topping:
2 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 c. butter
Melt chocolate chips and butter together in a double boiler OR in a microwave (I usually microwave for 30-second intervals, then stir and repeat until the chips are fully melted). Spread melted chocolate on each cookie- I have found that it works best to use the back of a spoon to spread the chocolate around.
*These little cookies are super rich! I think that if you didn't want them to be so rich, use a milk chocolate cake mix and milk chocolate chips.