This is the original version--larger cookies, mints melted on top and then spread as a glaze.This is the latest version. Smaller cookies with a Jr. Mint pressed in the middle as soon as they were taken out of the oven. This way is much easier. CHOCOLATE MINT CANDY COOKIES (I tried to find where I got this recipe but it's on all kinds of sites on the Internet--It is a keeper.)
3/4 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons water
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 (4.5 ounce) packages chocolate covered thin mints--OR Jr. Mints
In a saucepan over medium heat, cook the sugar, butter and water, stirring occasionally until melted. Remove from heat, stir in the chocolate chips until melted and set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl, and beat in the eggs, one at a time. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt, stir into the chocolate mixture. Cover and refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Grease cookie sheets. Roll cookie dough into walnut sized balls (half this size if using a Jr. Mint in the center) and place 2 inches apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, be careful not to over bake--I baked the smaller ones for 7 minutes.
When cookies come out of the oven, Press one mint wafer into the top of each cookie and let sit for 1 minute. When the mint is softened, swirl with the back of a spoon or toothpick to make a pattern with the green filling of the mint wafer. For smaller cookies, break mints in half.
I used three Jr. Mints for each cookie but they didn't melt, so the cookies, with the Jr. Mints on top, had to go back in the oven for two minutes and then I used a knife to spread them. Four Jr. Mints would have been better. For the smaller cookies I just put one Jr. Mint in the top and didn't bother it at all. Just let it cool. Another option would be to spread when cool with chocolate frosting with a bit of mint stirred in.
These really are delicious.