2/20/11

quarter pound double chocolate-mint stuffed cookies



Yep another 1/4 lb cookie. I'm on a mission people. A mission to make as many varieties of quarter pound cookies as I can. Yes, I am Levain Bakery obsessed. One of my close friends Esi says I need an intervention. Is there a rehab place for those obsessed with Levain Bakery cookies? In Malibu or something? As I type this up I am eating one and having a very hard time concentrating.
You know I made the double chocolate Levain Bakery clones here, and have always wanted to factor in a mint element somewhere in there. I don't want a lot of mint because the chocolate in these cookies is high quality and strong--so I don't want that to get lost with a mint extract. Next best thing I thought are those York peppermint patties. They aren't too minty and will offer a small little package of something something in the middle of the giant HOCKEY PUCK sized cookies.

Can you guess what the next quarter pound cookie creation will be?





quarter pound double chocolate mint stuffed cookies
recipe by & from vanillasugarblog.com
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2 and ¾ sticks unsalted butter, grated & cold
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 TB half & half (or cream)
1 ½ ts pure vanilla extract
3 cups all purpose flour
½ cup + 2 TB cocoa powder (not dutch process)
1 TB cinnamon (if you have Vietnamese cinnamon use it)
Oversized ¾ ts sea salt
1 and ½ ts baking powder
½ ts baking soda
2 cups 60 % or higher cocoa dark & milk chocolate chips or chopped chocolate (a combo of dark & milk)
10 candy mint patties (like York peppermint patties)

Grate your butter into a bowl; keep in freezer until ready to use.
In a mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, or by hand beat butter and both sugars just until creamy. Don’t overbeat. Add in the eggs, vanilla, and half & half and beat just until incorporated.
In another bowl mix the flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
When thoroughly mixed, add to batter and stir just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Keep in mind this dough is very hard to mix, sticky and thick. I just get in there and use my hands to mix, cover bowl, and get back in the fridge as soon as possible. Recipe by dawn Finicane of vanillasugarblog.com We want to keep this dough nice and cold. Chill dough at least an hour before baking.
Divide dough into 10 – 12 lemon size balls. Don’t shape as a lemon though, just shape as a nice round ball. Spilt ball in half, insert a peppermint patty, cover with other half and seal all edges. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet—keeping them 3-4 inches apart. Now back into the fridge to chill.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Depending on your oven, these should need anywhere from 12- 15 minutes to cook. It’s hard to tell when they are done, but look for:
- slightly crisp edges
- soft in the middle
- cracks in dough ok
- all around semi firm

If you have a convection oven you might need to bake these at 365 for about 12 – 14 minutes.
Don’t overbake or they will turn into scones.
Once baked don’t try and move the cookies off the pan, they will break apart, let them rest at least an hour before moving them.
Makes 10-12 giant cookies. (mine made 10—I just wanted them huge this time round)

59 comments:

  1. these look so impressive! great job! can't go wrong w/ chocolate & mint.

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  2. I gained 5lbs. just oogling at these cookies...luv'em!

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  3. Woah, these are the big daddy of cookies in flavour and size!!

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  4. Wow! I want to try make quarter pound cookies!

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  5. Ohhh my goodness. Those look DIVINE. I LOVE YORK PEPPERMINT PATTIES. And wrapped in a cookie? Heck yes!

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  6. I don't think you need an intervention. But I DO think you need to move in with me. I need some quarter pound cookie love.

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  7. Yay!! You rock. This looks unbelievable.

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  8. I actually work at Levain so if you ever want cookies, I'll send you some :)

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  9. An intervention? Indeed, I will be there with ya! You rock sista!

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  10. OPEN A BAKERY! The world needs this goodness :) That cookie is ridiculous huge. Love it

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  11. PS- glad to hear you're back getting your weights on!!

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  12. ah dang...gulp, looks divine

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  13. Oh... toothsome.. I lurv, lurv it!!! OHHHHHH I love mint... you are teasing me, I have not had minty choco anything in too long... mint choco ice cream is my fav too.. I like that they are super gooey, fat, and just waiting for me to take a bite.

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  14. wow. any out-take of a levain cookie works, in my book. keep 'em coming....stunning!

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  15. Can one person eat that cookie? Looks delish, my dear. You are up to your usual yum!

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  16. These are INSANE! Just the way I like them.

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  17. Dawn, this is a genius idea! I have been following your blog for at least a year, and I don't know how I missed your Double Chocolate cookies! I just posted a Levain knock-off of the same cookie on my blog, Yummy Mummy. I love your blog. Would you be interested in exchanging links? I'm definitely going to add you to my blog roll of favorite sites.
    www.yummymummykitchen.com
    Thanks!

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  18. I am really surprised right now... I'm sitting at my computer thinking about how one would begin to eat this. I think if I started, I wouldn't be able to stop! These just look so incredibly good and naughty...

    Okay. I've decided. You are a genius !

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  19. The next ones will be. . . quarter-pound peanut butter cookies with some kind of filling?

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  20. You keep tempting me with all of your quarter-pound cookies!!

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  21. I love this mission. :) These look so good.

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  22. HOLY SHIT. Those looks amazing. I'm drooling.

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  23. You're like the kitchen mad scientist. I freakin love these. And for the record, no - you do not need an intervention.

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  24. MMMMMMMMM,..These filled cookies look like real WINNERS!!

    Georgous pictures too, dear Dawn!

    Waw!! Gobsmacked here!

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  25. OOh, my mom makes a sugar cookie version of this during the holidays, but like 1/4 of the size. You need cookie rehab my friend. We'll set you up with Passages in Malibu.

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  26. My husband would insist we share this cookie. :-(

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  27. I have no words to adequately describe how unbelievably delicious these cookies look ;).

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  28. OMG those cookies look so sinfully good! I can't stop staring at my monitor. :D

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  29. You are killing me! My husband would die if I made these for him!

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  30. this is a two-hander, to be sure. LOVE the innards, dawn.

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  31. UH.....MAZING

    These lok awesome!

    http://foodfashionandflow.blogspot.com/

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  32. Hi first time on your site - all your pictures are eye candy - LOVE them all - Great to be connected via facebook - please do stop by my blog when you find a moment - Look forward:)) http://priyasnowserving.blogspot.com/2011/01/guest-event-coming-to-now-serving.html

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  33. wow, cookies with chocolate-mint ... yuummy

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  34. Madremía, que cosa tan rica.

    Saludos

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  35. Dawn--you're killing me! Do you have any idea what I'd do for one of these right now? DO YOU? Oh my gosh, they're a thing of beauty.

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  36. Can't believe no one stumbled these yet. Stumbled, baby!

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  37. Whoa! These are colossal cookies! A meal unto themselves. And dessert for four rolled into one. ;)

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  38. These cookies are so pretty! I love it. I love the stuffing. Perfect!

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  39. No intervention needed, you just need to freakin' share, chica. These must have been to die for.

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  40. Here I am, thinking that I go to the gym regularly so that I can be healthy, etc, when in fact, I'm working out so that I'm strong enough to hoist just one of these puppies into my maw! Me. Want.

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  41. Love your cookies Dawn! You are awesome!

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  42. why not just go whole hog-- half pound cookies? did you see those cookies that had a smores in between chocolate chip cookie dough? seriously i need to start running again...

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  43. Gotta trust the skills of a girl who knows how to spell Muuuwaahhhhaa!! And they should come to the intervention with a BIG glass of milk!

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  44. your oversized mint chocolate cookies are made for me !!!!!!

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  45. oh wow this has got to be illegal.
    send some of those my way!

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  46. I buy Peppermint Patties because they are low fat. Thanks a lot. :)

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  47. Oh My Dear Heavens (I really can't write what came to mind - must maintain civility - oh how hard it is!) These look utterly fantastic and I don't even like Peppermint Patties, nor am I a raving chocoholic! But, my question is, have you ever made these with a square of cream cheese inside instead of the candy? I can only imagine!!

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  48. Those are so delicious looking cookies!

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  49. I tried this recipe out today, and the cookies turned out PERFECTLY. Your instructions were perfect, with just the right details! Thank you so much! YUM!

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  50. drool, drool, drool. Dang girl these look fabulous!

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  51. Oh wow those look soo good. I love mint + chocolate, would gladly eat all of those!!

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  52. Woman! There should be a law... Wow, I am in awe. I LOVE York Peppermint candies. I am so tempted to make these but when I make cookies I usually need a big yield. Do you think I could give one of these to someone and ask them to share? :) I mean, it is a quarter of a pound! Scrumptious as usual.

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  53. Being "healthy" (or trying to be for that matter) sucks right now! I want!!

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  54. WoW! that looks absolutely delicious.=)

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