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Junior Mint Cookies are soft, chewy chocolate cookies with a gooey Junior Mint Candy baked right in! You can also substitute any other small candy or candy bar that you’d like.
In the spirit of spring cleaning, I’ve been trying to do some sprucing up around the ole website. I have a lot of older posts that could use some love–replace the small, bad pictures, format the recipes for easy printing, and other flicks of the proverbial dust cloth. Believe it or not, SugarHero has been around for 5 years (!!!) and in the beginning, I was a lot more casual about things, so some of the early posts are…how should I say…not so cute.
There are 2 ways to look at a task like this: either it’s a chore, one more annoying item to add to a never-ending To-Do List, or it’s a fun excuse to revisit past favorites, take some new pictures, and breathe new life into them.
I’m choosing to take the latter attitude, and so far it’s been really fun to read through old posts, take a walk down memory lane, and pick which recipes get to be polished up first.
Take these Junior Mint Cookies, for instance. They were actually published almost exactly five years ago, and they were the first post I wrote after my son Asher was born. I shared a cute baby picture of him in a Hershey’s kisses hat (here, if you like that sort of thing), wrote about how stinkin’ tired I was, and tried to casually drop in the fact that caring for a new life kind of, you know, FREAKED ME OUT.
The pictures on this post have been updated, but some things haven’t changed: I’m still freaked out about caring for another life (being a parent is ridiculous pressure, when you think about it), and I’m still kinda-sorta-a lot obsessed with these cookies.
These soft and chewy chocolate cookies have mint extract mixed right into the batter, and they also have a Junior Mint baked right into the center of the cookie! They’re best warm out of the oven (so the cookies are soft and a bit gooey too, and everything blends together in a wonderful chocolate-mint mess) but they’re also pretty amazing at room temperature. I like to finish them off with a drizzle of white chocolate, but I think mint-flavored candy coating would also be really delicious.
Here’s something that HAS changed: the formula for Junior Mints? Maybe? When I used to make these often, the mints would always stay intact in the center, and now, I’ve found that about two-thirds of the time, they sort of disappear into the cookie. You can still taste them, and depending on how you cut into the cookies, you can sometimes see them, but in every batch, I found I had some mints that stayed whole, and some that kind of merged into the cookie dough. (Obviously I photographed the prettiest, most whole-est mints for this post, because #unrealisticcookiegoals). I just wanted to give you a head’s up that if your mints disappear into the cookies, it’s not you…it’s them.
And if Junior Mints aren’t your thing, you can nix the mint extract and replace the Junior Mints with another similar-sized candy, like Rolos, Hershey’s kisses, peanut butter cups, or or miniature Snickers or Milky Way bars.
Junior Mint Cookies
- 7.8 oz all-purpose flour, (1 3/4 cups)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1.12 oz unsweetened cocoa powder, (1/4 cup + 2 TBSP)
- 4 oz unsalted butter, (1/2 cup, at room temperature)
- 3.5 oz granulated sugar, (1/2 cup)
- 3.75 oz light brown sugar, (1/2 cup)
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- 24 Junior Mint candies
- 3 oz white candy coating melts, (1/2 cup) Optional, for decorating
- In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, and unsweetened cocoa powder. Set aside for a moment.
- Combine the butter and two types of sugar in the large bowl of a stand mixer. Mix on medium speed until light and fluffy, for about 2 minutes. Add the room temperature egg, the vanilla extract, and the mint extract, and beat them until the egg is incorporated and the mixture is smooth.
- With the mixer running on low, slowly add the dry ingredients and mix just until the flour is almost completely blended in. Stop the mixer and finish mixing in the flour by hand, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl in the process.
- Use a cookie scoop or large tablespoon to form a 1-inch ball of cookie dough. Press a Junior Mint candy in the center of the dough, and roll it between your hands to get the cookie completely round. Place the cookie on a baking sheet covered with parchment. Repeat with the remaining dough until you’ve made 24 cookies, placing the cookies about 2 inches apart on parchment-covered sheets.
- Once all of the cookies are formed, chill them in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, until the dough is firm. This will give you puffy cookies–if you bake them right away, they will be much flatter. It also helps to prevent the Junior Mints from leaking out or completely melting into the cookie dough.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F, and bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes, until they are puffed and set around the edges, but are still quite soft in the center. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for a few minutes, then remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- If you want to drizzle them with melted white chocolate or candy coating, wait until the cookies are completely cool, then melt the coating in the microwave. Spoon it into a small zip-top plastic bag, and cut a small hole in the corner. Lightly drizzle the coating over the cookies, then let it set at room temperature before moving or stacking them.
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So cute! And the hat is just perfect!
Such a cutie! Congrats 🙂 Love the hat!
Congrats He looks so cute. 🙂
Congratulations! He is so handsome! And I love the hat 🙂
Oh my gosh, congrats! What a beautiful little boy!
Oh what a cutie! I am glad things are becoming more manageable for you. Those first few weeks with baby number one are a bit overwhelming! Love the pictures 🙂
Welcome back and congrats on your new arrival…so adorable!
Congratulations!! He’s so precious!
I made these junior mint cookies today and they are simply A-M-a-Z-i-N-G!!!!! I doubled the batch and made half with tootsie roll. I package them in packs of two, with plastic wrap, and throw them in the freezer…they make nice little road trip snacks, friendship gifts, etc..(if you can manage knowing they are in the freezer).
Awesome, Lynn! So glad to hear that they worked well for you, and I’d never thought to try them with Tootsie Rolls–that’s a great idea!
These are awesome!!!!! My girlfriend ate the junior mints and i was to lazy to drive and get some more, so I just substituted the candy in the middle for mint drizzle on top, which i made from milk, confectioners sugar and mint extract. Huge hit!!!! I made these for my relatives who were visiting from japan and they loved them to! Thank you so much!
Also, your baby is adorable! So cute!
Thank you! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them–and your mint drizzle sounds awesome! My baby is now 4–how is that possible?!
Elizabeth! What did I do wrong? They were flat and the mint leaked through. They tasted okay but they were not pretty at all.
Oh no!!! I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m not sure–sounds like it might have been an ingredient quantity issue? Like not enough flour, too much liquid, or maybe the baking soda was old/not effective/omitted?
I had a cookie like this at a church convention a looooong time ago. I’ve searched for one like this – soft and chewy forever. It had been a hard day with speeches, votes that were very contentious (yes at church). When I took a bite of that chocolate cookie all my problems went away! I went back to ask who made them so I could get the recipe, and these women looked at me like I was crazy! They had a gazillion cookies. Thank you for sharing. If you bake cookies like these for your child, I’m sure you are doing a great job as a mom.
Wishes for tasty dishes,
Oh my gosh. These look AMAZING! Love any kind of stuffed cookie, but I’ve never thought to try a junior mint in the middle. Genius!
I want to try these with mini York peppermint patties!
So disappointed in the results. My cookies ended up as round balls with no hint of the mint inside. Several leaked out and the cream seemed to crystallize causing it to stick to my teeth. The cookie is not chewy. It has a nice taste but I was looking to replicate the hidden gem inside. I tried several variations like freezing the mint before putting it inside the dough and placing on top after the dough cooked with no change in the results. I am thinking of adding an extra stick of butter to see if they will spread. Your thoughts?
I need to make this. Wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing
Hi Marie, these are some of my favorites! I hope you do try it, and that you enjoy it as much as I do! Thank you!
Has anyone tried it with an Andie’s mint? Possibly freezing it first?
when I tripled the recipe it did not automatically triple the flour or tee cocoa. Everything else worked
Hi Deborah, it looks like there was a glitch with the multiplier tool. I just fixed it, it should work now! Thanks for letting me know 🙂