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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from Awesome on 20

When I was a kid, I absolutely loved Andes mints. I would break them in half in my mouth, and just let them melt. During a stay in the hospital when I was in high school, my great grandmother brought me a whole box of Andes mints that I could have all to myself, and that was sort of the best thing ever.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from Awesome on 20

Before my fridge died, I managed to make a batch of chocolate chip cookies with chopped up Andes mints added in. They were buttery, chewy, and minty. The mint flavor is definitely present, but not overpowering, and the chocolate melts in your mouth, just the way I like it.

I took this batch of cookies to a friend’s bbq, and they were the only homemade thing on a table full of beautiful store bought cakes and cupcakes loaded with frosting and perfectly round chocolate chip cookies. I made about 50 cookies and came home with 10. Given their humble appearance, I’d say they were pretty popular.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies from Awesome on 20

If you love Andes mints, you must make these cookies. I’m sorry, but you really don’t have a choice. Buy yourself a box, eat half, and chop up the other half and throw them in your cookie dough. You’re welcome.

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Yields 50
Classic chocolate chip cookies get a hit of mint with chopped up Andes mint candies
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. 3/4 cup brown sugar
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
  7. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 3 cups chocolate chips
  10. 14 Andes mints (half a box), chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar, and brown sugar together with an electric mixer for about three minutes. It should be light and fluffy.
  3. Continue mixing and add the eggs one at a time, followed by the vanilla until everything is completely blended.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Put your mixer on low, and slowly add in the dry ingredients. Mix until just combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and Andes mints, and mix on low for a few seconds until incorporated.
  6. Scoop your cookies onto your waiting cookie sheet, about two inches apart. Baking for about ten minutes or until just lightly brown on the edges. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for three minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Pack them up and share them with friends. Make everyone happy.
Adapted from Circle of Friends Cookbook: 25 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes
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Upon the Death of Our Refrigerator

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Dear friends,

Join me in saying a fond farewell to our ugly old refrigerator. It is meeting its slow demise, and the landlord has given the okay to pull the plug. Unfortunately, it may take a week.

In the meantime, we just bought a $10 styrofoam cooler and bag of ice from the grocery store to try and rescue the things in the fridge that we think definitely wouldn’t keep at room temp/are too expensive to waste. Sadly, we’ve already had to throw away a bunch of food from our freezer, and what remains of the bag of frozen chicken is currently roasting in the oven. I guess I know what’s for dinner tomorrow.

Anybody who wants free condiments, feel free to stop by and raid my broken fridge before stuff goes bad. Anybody who wants to invite us over for dinner is super awesome. 

It’s important to note that there is plenty of liquor in that styrofoam cooler. Amarula anyone? 

I’ll be back with awesome recipes soon. Until then, we can all take a moment to appreciate the marvels of modern technology and see how long a girl can live on hummus.

Don’t forget to be awesome.

Happy Hour: The Counter

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Happy Hour: The Counter

I know we’ve been to The Counter before to talk about their burgers, but did you know they also have happy hour Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00? The cocktails, boozy shakes, and draft beers are all $2 off, and the appetizers are half off. You could theoretically make a meal out of a bunch of shared appetizers if you really wanted to make the most of it. We love the burgers too much to skip.

Geoff ordered his usual Blue Moon, and I chose a cocktail, the Kahala Club Tea. I’ve always wanted to try a cocktail at The Counter, but thought they were too expensive. Happy hour was the perfect opportunity to give one a try. My drink contained fresh mint, and wasn’t overly sweet. It was perhaps dangerously refreshing. Luckily, the price keeps me from having more than one.

Happy Hour: The Counter

Since we were basically starving we ordered onion rings and sweet potato fries as an appetizer. They come with three dipping sauces; ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, and horseradish aioli. I always forget that they serve that horseradish sauce with the sweet potato fries. I think it’s awful and always end up wishing it would magically turn into sriracha mayo. It never does. But the sweet potato fries themselves are awesome.

Happy Hour: The Counter

Emily had the vegan burger with pepper jack, ranch dressing, lettuce and pineapple on a brioche bun. She enjoyed it, but found it a bit tricky to eat and ended up knife and forking it.

Happy Hour: The Counter

Geoff went with a turkey burger with habanero salsa, jalapenos, spicy pepperoncini, green chiles, pepper jack cheese, and a fried egg. When I saw his burger come out with that gorgeous egg on top,I was a bit jealous. He said the with all the flavor from the peppers, he didn’t even care that he was eating a turkey burger. He ate the whole thing, so I think he really liked it.

Happy Hour: The Counter

I went pretty normal with my burger today, opting for Tillamook cheddar, barbecue sauce, and crispy applewood smoked bacon. It was amazeballs.

My favorite thing about The Counter is the never ending possibilities. You’ll never run out of burger options, and now that I know I can save a bit of money during happy hour, I think I’ll be there much too often. It’s a great family-friendly happy hour option.

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