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  1. Watch how to make these after dinner mint cookies
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Cookies of the month are one of my favorite posts to write. And you all seem to love them as much as I do! I think it’s because cookies are so approachable. We all have memories of making cookies with loved ones and we all know we can make a cookie! Besides, who doesn’t love eating one as well?!

I love how each family has different cookies that seem to define the holiday season, each evoking the essence of what the season brings. For my family, these after dinner mint cookies are a family staple when the holidays come around. Still to this day, my grandma always makes these and you will see why! I’m so excited to start off the holiday season with all of you and of course this cookie recipe!

Silver pan filled with chocolate cookies with mint in the middle sitting on white counter with twinkling lights in background

Watch how to make these after dinner mint cookies

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Silver pan filled with chocolate cookies with mint in the middle sitting on white counter with twinkling lights in background

After Dinner Mint Cookies

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When it's the holidays, there's always something special about the cookies! These after dinner mint cookies are ones that our family made each Christmas and loved! With a bit of sugar around the edges and a mint melted in the middle, they're a unique recipe that will soon be your favorite as well!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 42 minutes
Servings 48 cookies


  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar (for rolling the cookies)
  • 9.5 oz after dinner thin mints mints opened and cut in half


  • In the microwave, melt the butter, brown sugar, and chocolate. Melt by heating in 30-second increments, stirring in between each heating, until the mixture is dissolved. Let cool slightly.
    ¾ cup butter, 1 ½ cups brown sugar, 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate
  • Add espresso powder and beat in eggs one at a time until incorporated.
    1 tsp espresso powder, 2 eggs
  • Mix in vanilla, baking soda, salt, and flour.
    1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 ¼ tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 2 ½ cups flour
  • Mix until no streaks of flour remain. If the dough is too soft to handle, chill slightly before making balls.
  • Using a tablespoon-sized scoop, make cookie balls. Roll into a ball then roll in sugar and place on parchment-lined baking sheets.
    ½ cup white granulated sugar (for rolling the cookies)
  • Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 8-12 minutes. The cookies are done when just set around the edge and puffed in the middle.
  • Remove from the oven and immediately press half a mint in the center of the cookie. Let the mints soften and melt. Then, using the back of a spoon, swirl the mint in a circle.
    9.5 oz after dinner thin mints
  • Let cookies cool on a cooling rack until the mint center has hardened.


Serving: 1cookieCalories: 145kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 1.8gFat: 6.5gSaturated Fat: 3.9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 16.4mgSodium: 90.2mgPotassium: 37mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 15.1gVitamin A: 30.2IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 0.5mg
Course Cookies
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking

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  1. I saw you on Rachael Ray this morning … found your blog and now can’t believe I’ve been living without it in my life!!! You’re content is SO great! I love how you made a video to explain these cookies, they look SO good! I can’t wait to try this recipe and become a follower! Keep up the amazing posts 🙂

  2. Darn! My Iowa nephew told me you were going to be on TV (I”m a former Iowam) and I forgot to watch!! My Son is a graduate of Johnson & Wales. Kudos to you. I’ll try the caraml apple recipe.

  3. How much baking powder does this call for? I made it tonight with 1/2 tsp. and that seemed to work. (Incidentally, Kaleb, my mom is a first cousin to your Grandpa Gene. Congrats on all your success!)