When Wrigley asked if they could send me a box of candy, naturally I said “Yes, immediately.” Who would say no to a box of candy? And a box of candy they sent me, alright. They sent me so much candy the ideas for crafting creative treats started flowing and I have not one, but three ideas to share with you. So the next week will be ever so much candy fun.
But first, let’s get fresh (groan, I know, I had to go there). As a long-time Altoids® fan–because they are truly, curiously strong–my eye went right there first. Wanna know what I made? Little, teeny, tiny chocolate cookie “mints” topped with crushed Altoids®. These are surprisingly delicious. Suprisingly because I was half expecting the curiously strong Altoids® to at best oddly complement and at worst totally overpower the teeny, tiny chocolate cookie bites. They didn’t overpower. At all. The Altoids® gave just the mildest hint of mint flavor to the chocolate cookies. Must be something about pairing the mints with chocolate and icing that softens their strength. I don’t know, but yum.
So grab a tin, empty out the mints, crush them up and fill the tin back up with teeny, tiny chocolate “mint” cookie bites.
how to make Altoids® mint chocolate cookie bites
you will need:*
1/2-inch circle cookie or fondant cutter
white food coloring
size “5” decorating tip
mallet or hammer
*Find the circle cutter (likely part of a larger set), decorating bag, coupler, and tip at the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Paste, Bright White.
step one: bake your cookies
Prepare chocolate cookie dough according to the recipe, chill, roll out about 1/4-inch thick, cut out mini circles and bake according to the recipe, reducing baking time by several minutes because these are so tiny. Let cool completely.
step two: prepare your icing
Prepare royal icing according to the recipe and tint white. Fill a decorating bag fitted with the coupler and tip and close tightly with a rubber band.
step three: crush your Altoids®
Empty mints into a Ziploc bag and use the mallet to crush the mints. You may want to lay the bag on a cutting board or dish towel to protect the surface beneath. Pour the crushed mints into a shallow bowl.
step four: decorate your cookies
Hold a cookie at the sides with your thumb and forefinger in your non-dominant hand. With the decorating bag in your other hand, pipe a dot of white icing on the cookie and overturn to dip the icing in the crushed mints. Set on a baking tray and let dry overnight.
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