I finally braved the challenge of attempting my mom’s tasty Chocolate Mint Snappers recipe. I never saw my mom actually prepare these cookies. Their creation was a wonderful mystery. I would arrive home from school, dart in the backdoor, and find them to have magically appeared, stored in a washed-out ice cream bucket near the pantry. Unfortunately, for as suddenly they would arrive, they disappeared just as fast. Everyone loved them. And they were a favorite of one of my brothers. So much so, I remember my mother sending me on roller skates to hand-deliver a bucket of them to his dorm room at the local college. She gave me the strict instruction to deliver the package directly to him…NOT to just anyone on his floor for fear he’d never get a taste. The bucket arrived safely, of course (albeit five or six cookies lighter).
It took me a while to try the recipe because one of the biggest challenges was finding mint chocolate chips. Hershey’s stopped making them a while back (my mom wrote to the company to complain and I’m not sure I’ve seen them since). Fortunately, Andes came to the rescue with their own version, which, while not as strong, still do the trick.
CHOCOLATE MINT SNAPPERS RECIPE (easy to double)
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup mint chocolate chips/bits
1/4 cup white corn syrup
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Melt mint chips with corn syrup in a small sauce pan. Let cool.
Cream butter, add sugar slowly. Beat in egg. Blend in the mint chocolate syrup and dry ingredients. Shape into balls (size of small cookie scoop) and roll in sugar. (You may want to put the dough in the refrigerator for a little while to cool before rolling.)
Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for about 1 minute.
When packaging the cookies, I still store them in an ice cream bucket with cling wrap helping to seal in moisture under the lid. If you like really soft cookies, throw in a piece of white bread along with the cookies. Seems odd, but restores softness. Enjoy!