Mint Brownie Magic (Jar) Cookies

I love to give homemade food gifts at the holidays. Since there's an overabundance of food at the holidays, I like something people can use down the road. I imagine a friend pulling this out of the pantry and making these on a snowy day. These chocolate mint brownie cookies are fantastic - rich, uber chocoate flavor, rich, minty, rich...and did I mention rich? Simply layer the ingredients in a quart sized canning jar (make sure to pack them down tight) to give as a gift, and attach a tag with mixing/baking instructions. By the way, if you're not a mint fan, simply swap out the York pieces for another chocolate candy, like Reese's Pieces. 

Mint Brownie Magic (Jar) Cookies
Recipe adapted from Bakerella

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup oats
2 Tbls cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup York Pieces 
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and sugars together until smooth. 

Add eggs and vanilla and mix until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. 

In a large bowl, stir the flour, oats, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. 

Add (in small increments) to the butter mixture. You may need to use a spoon or your hand to get it mixed.

Stir in York Pieces and chocolate chips.

Using a medium cookie scoop that holds 2 Tbls of dough, scoop dough, roll into a ball and gently flatten into a patty. Place cookie dough patties about 2 inches apart. 

Bake for 12-14 minutes until top of cookies are dry. Be careful not to over bake. If the edges are dark, they are over baked. 


If giving as a jar mix, use this for the tag:

You'll Need: 
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract

Cream butter, egg, and extract in the bowl of a mixer.

In a medium bowl, dump jar ingredients and stir to combine. Pour into butter mixture and gently mix until combined. Drop by spoonfuls (approximately 2 Tbls worth) onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees 12-14 until top of cookies are dry. Be careful not to overbake.