Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Fresh Mint from the Garden
At FODMAP Everyday® we want you to thrive, not just get by. This means never feeling deprived and a cookie (1 cookie please) every now and then is part of our approach. These Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies were a hit at a recent potluck and I couldn’t wait to bring them to you.
And they came into being because of a stroll through our FODMAP Farm.
When I tell people that I am a recipe developer, it is not something that most folks automatically comprehend. For instance, someone will know I write cookbooks and during the conversation it becomes clear that they don’t understand what that means. “You make up all the recipes yourself?” is a typical question and it often comes with a sense of incredulity.
I am always struck by this. Maybe someone reading this can explain it to me – I mean, someone has to come up with recipes for them to exist, right?
I am not sure how it is that I have this talent but I can tell you this – I can’t turn it off! I see an ingredient or taste a new dish in a restaurant and my brain just starts coming up with ways to create a new recipe. I have developed thousands of recipes and inspiration can come from anywhere.
These Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies began life when Robin presented me with an armful of chocolate mint that she had just picked from our FODMAP Garden. I am not exaggerating when I say that this bunch of mint was huge!
Look at the images above and below. It was like a gigantic bouquet. I had a potluck to go to later in the day and the inspiration struck.
Well, actually, initially, I wanted to make Fresh Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream but I didn’t have time. I like to chill my ice cream base overnight, so that wasn’t going to work for this party – but that recipe will come soon!
So back to the mint and the idea for cookies…the mint beckoned. It was so fresh, so fragrant, and just so damn gorgeous that I had to make something with it. Chocolate is a crowd pleaser and I needed something that I could make before the party that night.
I checked my phone (in the old days I would have said my watch) and calculated that I did have time to make dough, chill it for a few hours like I like to do, and bake them off and photograph them in time for the potluck. I grabbed a bunch of mint and made the 5-minute drive from The Farm to the Test Kitchen.
The idea was to highlight the mint so extracting the mint flavor was paramount. I decided to combine it with the sugar – to infuse the sugar with the mint flavor at the get-go.
Similar to the classic Crêpes Suzette recipe where a cube of sugar is used to extract the aromatic orange oil from orange rind by rubbing it vigorously all over the outside of the orange peel. The orange oil in the zest gets absorbed into the sugar cube, which is then used in the dish to impart pure orange flavor. I wanted to do the same with the mint oil compounds within the leaves.
Extracting the Mint Flavor
You will see below in the instructions that the fresh mint is combined with the sugar; the sugar granules are rough and the mechanical action of them rubbing against the mint leaves extracts the pure mint flavor.
Please do not try to make these with mint extract! This is all about the fresh herb.
By the way, while we have chocolate mint on The Farm, which is an actual type of mint, you can use other kinds of fresh mint as well, such as classic peppermint. Types of mint do vary in strength and also in color, so your results might fluctuate depending.
Is Fresh Mint Low FODMAP?
These are virtually the same cookies as our Monash University compliant Chocolate Chunk Cookies with a slightly different ratio of brown sugar to white sugar and of course the addition of the fresh mint.
The Monash app lists fresh mint as Green Light at “1 bundle” or 90 g per serving, so our inclusion of 20 g total is well within this recommended range. We suggest that you try these, 1 cookie as a serving, and see how you do. Below you can see them cooling on the deck outside of the Test Kitchen.
Fresh Mint Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Move over Thin Mints. These cookies use fresh mint leaves in the cookie dough for an incomparably fresh flavor.
Low FODMAP Serving Size Info: Makes about 2 dozen cookies; serving size 1 to 2 cookies
- 2 1/3 cups (338 g) low FODMAP gluten free all-purpose flour; such as Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup (160 g) firmly packed light brown sugar
- 3/4 cup (149 g) sugar
- .75 ounce (20 g) fresh chocolate mint leaves (1 cup lightly packed, leaves only), such as chocolate mint or peppermint, washed and dried, very finely minced. Very. (See Tips)
- 1 cup (2 sticks; 226 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into pieces
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs at room temperature
- 12 ounces (340 g; about 2 cups) semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks, cut into approximately 1/2 inch (12 mm pieces; we like 60% to 70% cacao)
Whisk together flour blend, baking soda and salt to aerate and combine; set aside.
Place brown sugar, sugar and minced mint in bowl of standing mixer or a regular mixing bowl. Use flat paddle attachment for stand mixer or just the regular beaters for a hand held mixer and beat the sugars and mint on medium speed for about 2 minutes. The rough sugar particles will be grinding against the mint leaves extracting all that cool minty flavor that we want.
Add the butter and continue beating on medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes, scraping down bowl as needed. Fat is a great carrier of flavor and the aromatic mint oil will combine with the butter at this point, setting the stage for the most awesomely fresh mint chocolate chunk cookies you have ever tasted. Beat in vanilla, then beat in eggs one at a time allowing each one to be incorporated before adding the next. Beat in the dry mixture until a few streaks of flour remain. Add chocolate and beat just until combined. Cover the bowl and chill for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight.
Position racks in upper and lower thirds of oven. Preheat oven to 375°F/190° Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
Form golf ball sized balls and place the cookies 8 per pan, spaced evenly apart. No need to press them down.
Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned with the edges firmer than the centers, which should be soft. The cookies firm up tremendously upon cooling. Cool cookies completely on pans set on racks. (Make subsequent batches with cooled pans). Cookies are best served the same day but may be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
- Truth be told I like to chop my mint for this recipe in the food processor fitted with a metal blade. I pulse the processor a few times and then process the mint until it is as fine as can be without turning into a paste. Of course this means that you would be using and dirtying both a food processor and an electric mixer for this recipe and that might seem like a lot to ask. You can mince the mint by hand using a sharp chef’s knife. Just be patient and chop, chop, chop.
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. For a more detailed explanation, please read our article Understanding The Nutrition Panel Within Our Recipes.
And here is Dédé’s husband, Damon, aka The Cookie Monster giving them his finger licking sign of approval.