I'm taking part in the fourth A to Z Challenge where for the month of April I will blog the letters of the alphabet in order every day except Sundays. The participation list is HERE – if you want to join in. You'll make many new friends, but most of all you'll have fun!
My theme – I have selected a cookie for each day and a book that begins with the letter of the day. I also added a few fun facts about the cookie and/or its ingredients. In America, a cookie is described as a thin, sweet, usually small cake. By definition, a cookie can be any of a variety of hand-held, flour-based sweet cakes, either crisp or soft.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
If you love chocolate and mint you will love these cookies. Using a sugar cookie mix (I use Krusteaz) as a base cuts the prep time in half. However, if you oppose prepared mixes, you could always substitute your favorite chocolate chip or sugar cookie recipe and add Andes Mint to the mix. I've made these cookies plain and with the green food coloring. I prefer the green as it hints at the mint flavoring. I do not add mint extract, as the recipe suggests, since for me the added mint would be over-powering.
Fun Facts – Mint (Mentha) is a perennial herb with a unique aroma and colorful history. The leaves and stems are harvested for numerous culinary and medicinal uses. Mint can be used fresh or dried. In the garden, mint spreads rapidly in shade to part sun in average garden soil. I have experienced this personally as my tiny mint plant from Trader Joe's, without intervention, would take over my entire garden. Mint was used throughout history to treat stomach and digestion problems and to freshen breath. The dried leaves were used to whiten teeth and as a pest repellent. Mint is still used in medicine, in beauty products and as a food additive. It can be used fresh or dried in salads, as a garnish for hot or cold drinks, or as a tea.
Book Buddy – Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I picked this book since it is the epitome of the unexpected just like this cookie. The cookie is a mixture of chocolate chip, mint, and sugar all rolled together in a blend that works as well together as the blend of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children.
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.