Can you believe it’s the last day of summer? Although I was away for 5 weeks of it it really didn’t feel like a usual stinking hot Aussie summer. I am still looking forward to autumn though and seeing my favourite trees turn into golden beauties. The turn of the season doesn’t just mean a change in the trees it also means we’re entering the season of my Birthday (March 22 just in case you wanted to know!), Easter and my wedding! Yesterday marked the two month countdown. The time is just flying and I can’t wait. Thanks to my super organised and clever mum, everything is on track. We just need everyone to do a no-rain dance on the 28th of April please.
I know that brides-to-be are meant to be on super health kicks and crazy exercise regimes but I just don’t think it goes very well with being a food blogger. I still need my treats. One of my favourite treats, I blame dad for this one because he loves them too, is after dinner mints. I could quite happily eat a whole box of them closely followed by mint slice biscuits. When I saw that this recipe by Nigella is the perfect substitute for dinner mints I just had to try it.
The chocolatey biccies are coated with a drizzle of mint-chocolate icing making them the perfect treat with a cup of tea after a long day of wedding planning. As Nigella says, they’d also make the perfect after dinner treat at a dinner party and nice alternative to the usual mints. They’re really easy to make, with no rolling required. Just mix, blob, bake and drizzle and they’re ready to eat.
I wonder who first invented the first step in so many baking recipes – beating the butter and sugar? There really aren’t to many recipes that don’t start this way. Beat them together in an electric mixer until they are light and creamy.
It’s best to stop and scrape down the sides at this stage and then add the eggs and vanilla and beat them through the sugar and butter.
Sift all the dry ingredients together and gradually add them to the bowl while the motor is running. Keep beating until all the dry ingredients are mixed in.
Take the bowl off the stand and pour in the chocolate chips. I decided that one type of chocolate wasn’t enough for these cookies so mixed it up with some dark chocolate and some milk. Stir them through until they’re well mixed in. You don’t want and cookies to be light on the chocolate.
Nigella says to use a tablespoon to make the dough balls. I started off using it and realised I was going to quickly run out of dough and not go anywhere near the 26 cookies she promised. I made 24 using a heaped teaspoon of dough per cookie.
Now for those of you who asked about my measuring spoons way back in January. Santa finally remembered where the elves made them and I can report that it was at a shop called Pandanus Culture which is at 4 Thomas Street, Noosaville.
Leave at least 2cm between the dough balls. They don’t spread too much but you don’t want them to turn into Siamese cookies. Bake them for 12 minutes at 180C fan-forced.
When they’re baked, leave them to rest on the tray for 5 minutes. Don’t worry if they’re a little soft when they come out of the oven. They’ll firm up as they cool.
Transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
Nigella makes the icing on the stove top but you know I’m all for the easy way. I made the icing by combining all the ingredients in a heatproof bowl.
I then added a little hot water at a time to get it to drizzle consistency.
One Nigella tip I did take was to put a piece of paper under the tray to catch the drips. It makes cleaning up so much easier. Use a spoon to drizzle the icing over the cookies. They don’t need to cool completely before they’re drizzled.
Serve them with a cup of tea or after dinner coffee. Enjoy!
What about you? Was was summer (or winter if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere) all it promised to be? Are you looking forward to next season?
Choc-mint biscuits from the autumn bride to be
FOR THE BISCUIT
- 100g (3.5oz) soft butter
- 150g (5.3oz) brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 150g (5.3oz) plain AP flour
- 35g (1.3oz) cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 200g (7oz) dark chocolate chips (or you can mix it up with dark and milk chocolate)
FOR THE GLAZE:
- 75g (2.7oz) icing sugar
- 1 x 15ml tablespoon cocoa, sieved
- 2 x 15ml tablespoons boiling water
- 1/4 tsp peppermint extract (I used peppermint essence)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180C (320F) fan-forced and line two baking trays with baking paper.
- (All of these steps can be done by hand with a bit of muscle)
- In the bow of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until they are light and creamy then, with the motor running, add the egg and vanilla.
- Sift all the dry ingredients together and then, with the motor running, slowly add them to the bowl until they are mixed in.
- Remove the bowl from the stand and stir in the chocolate chips.
- Using a heaped teaspoon of dough at a time, spoon blobs of dough onto the lined trays leaving about 2cm between each one.
- Bake the cookies for 12 minutes then leave them to rest on the trays for 5 minutes.
- Transfer them to a wire rack.
- To make the choc-mint drizzle, combine all the ingredients in a heat-proof bowl or jug. Stir it all together and add a little extra boiling water at a time to get it to drizzle consistency.
- Place a piece of paper under the cooling rack to catch the drips and drizzle the cookies with the icing (they don't need to have cooled).
- Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Just wanted to let you know that these are my favourite biscuits by far and are my go to recipe if I am asked to bring something when going to a friends. If I ever have the extra time I am partial to your honey jumble recipe but who can pass up these little choc-mint bundles of deliciousness???
Thanks for such a great recipe!
You’re very welcome Amy. I’m so glad you like them.
Just featured this in my Sunday Wrap-up! Woot, woot!! Thanks for sharing! http://www.aturtleslifeforme.com/2012/03/sunday-spotlights.html
Oh wow thank you so much Natalie that’s very exciting!
Made these biscuits yesterday for a morning tea and they are sooooooo yummy!!!
Thank you so much – Love your website :)
I’m so glad you liked them. Thanks Krystle!
I haven’t really had a proper summer in Australia for such a long time ;) I’ve always been away but wow time seriously files! We’re officially in autumn now hehe ~ Seems like a busy season for you! I didn’t know you were getting married in 2 months! How exciting ;)
I know what you mean though lol it’s definitely hard to be stick to a healthy regime when you’re a food blogger ;) but i’m sure you’ll look amazing on your special any regardless if you’re on diet or not ~ Remember to share photos with us!
Oh Daisy you’re so sweet. Don’t worry there will be lots of photo sharing. I can’t believe it’s the first of March already. It really is true that time seems to go faster as you get older!
It definitely hasn’t felt like much of a summer thus far! And come April 28th, we’ll all be crossing our fingers for good weather for you! :)
I seem to have jinxed the weather because today was pretty hot. Must be one last ditch effort for summer to show us its stuff. Thank you!
Love how you loaded this cookie with so much chocolate. I’m dancing for you.
Thanks Barbara! Hopefully all the dancing works!
What great little cookies. And chocolate and mint go so well together. I’ll be praying for good weather for you on April 28. Not long to go now. So looking forward to seeing some photos. And no, it does not feel like it’s Autumn tomorrow. I feel like we’ve been robbed as the summer just never really got started. And I do hate the cold!
Chocolate and mint are a very good match. Thank you! Hopefully lots of positive thoughts will keep the rain away. It has been such a mild summer. I’m with you, the only thing I like about winter is stews and casseroles and hot desserts!
The photos for this one look fabulous Claire! Stop making all these treats look so good, I am trying to be healthy here :p
Thanks Shannon! I may have gotten one of my Birthday presents a little early… a new lens. I love it.
I didn’t realise today was the last day of summer. Wow, that went by quick, and as you say it didn’t really feel like summer. Especially with so much rain.
How exciting knowing your wedding is only 2 months away. I think it’s great you are still cooking up treats. So many brides deprive themselves of treats in the lead up to the big day. Your choc mint cookies look fantastic.
By the way, your birthday is 6 days after mine!
Didn’t it fly?! I don’t do deprivation very well you see. Yet another thing we have in common!