- Preheat oven to 375°F.
- Melt over hot (not boiling) water, 3/4 cup of the mint-chocolate chips; stir until smooth.
- Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
- In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla extract; beat until creamy.
- Add melted chips and egg; beat well.
- Gradually blend in the flour mixture.
- Stir in remaining 3/4 cup of mint-chocolate chips and nuts.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes.
- Allow to stand 2-3 minutes; remove from cookie sheets.
- Cool completely on wire racks.
These cookies are so good! I, too, was having problems finding the mint chocolate morsels so I called Nestle to find out why. I was told that the mint chocolate morsels were discontinued due to lack of demand for them. The Nestle customer rep did email me the instructions on how to make my own mint morsels. The following are the directions that Nestle provided. The directions are also available on the website "Very Best Baking".
To create your own mint morsels using Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels use the following recipe:
1. Place 2 cups (12-ounce pkg) Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels in a medium, heavy-duty plastic bag or airtight container. Add 1/4 teaspoon of pure peppermint extract; seal the bag or cover the container. Shake to coat. Store for 24 hours to allow sufficient time for the morsels to absorb the peppermint extract. The mint flavored morsels can be added directly to your recipe or melted according to morsel package directions.
2. If you don't have 24 hours to wait, Nestle recommends adding 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract and follow the steps above; however, instead of waiting 24 hours you can use the morsels immediately in your recipe.
3. If you don't have 24 hours to wait and would like to melt the mint morsels try the following: Melt the semi-sweet chocolate morsels according to the package directions. For 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate morsels, stir in 1/4 teaspoon pure peppermint extract; for 2 cups, stir in 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract.
Hope this information helps so you can continue to enjoy these delicious cookies.
I made these for Christmas, and am just now getting around to reviewing. Everyone that likes mint, loved these cookies. I did have a couple of problems with making them, but they were all operator error. The "mints" I used were actually mint chocolate chips. When they were baking, they melted and made the cookies a bit gooey, but in a good way. Great recipe. Chocolate and mint was a good mix, and a nice change from the typical cookie.
These were my favorite cookies for many years, perfect as an unusual Christmas Cookie.
But... the Mint Chocolate Chips were discontinued years ago. This recipe is ruined if you use the regular Mint Chips (the ones with no chocolate). Has anyone figured out where to buy or order the Mint Chocolate Chips? If not, then how much mint extract should I use? The first time I tried extract it was way too strong.