These chewy mint chocolate chip cookies are reminiscent of a scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream, only in cookie form!
I moved to San Francisco 18 years ago and when I moved here, an acquaintance warned me within the first couple of months of my arrival that this wasn?t a city most people stick around. ?Your friends will come and go and you?ll cycle through them pretty fast so don?t get too attached?.? I scoffed but that held true as all my closest friends, my adopted San Francisco family, drifted away within two or three years of my arrival. And though I still keep in casual contact with most of them (thank you social media), there are others that I am just as close or even closer to than when we both lived in San Francisco. My friend Rita is the perfect example of this. (Jump directly to the recipe.)
Rita and her best friend both had a running joke that their respective significant others could never remember what their favorite ice cream was. One loved mint chocolate chip and the other regular chocolate chip. And inevitably, when one of their birthdays came around, their boyfriends/husbands would buy the wrong one. Turns out my friend Rita loved chocolate chip but not mint. Which made it all the more surprising that years later I was down in LA visiting and she told me how much she love Sweet Rose?s Creamery?s mint chip ice cream! The secret to the outstanding flavor was making it with fresh mint. The fresh mint lends a bright green flavor that doesn?t quite have the harsh sharpness of mint extract. I completely understand, as fresh mint ice cream is world?s different than the mint oil version. I loved it so much that have a recipe for my version of fresh mint chocolate chip ice cream here on my blog, as well as a version of it in my cookbook.
All that said, I?ve long wanted to make a mint chocolate chip cookie that simulated mint chocolate chip ice cream. Though I love the idea of using fresh mint in cookies, practically speaking, it?s kind of pain. The ...