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Shamrock Mint Bites

February 21, 2016

Well, if it isn’t the luck of the Irish! With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I had to start celebrating everything mint and green with a touch of rainbow and a hidden pot of gold—pun totally intended.

 

I haven’t made any cookie dough bites in quite a while but I have a recipe that I’ve been following for years with interchangeable ingredients, such as here and also here. These new Shamrock Mint Bites are an absolute minty perfection!

 

 

Growing up, mint chocolate chip was my favorite ice cream flavor, period. Anything with the flavor of mint had an A+ in my book. Plus, I wanted green peppermint syrup on everything! Super unhealthy, I know. The chocolate chips were not the main attraction to me though, as they are for most people, everything was about the mint, to me. Minty green this and minty green that. I even had a time I blogged under the name Minty Star on LiveJournal while I was in high school. Seriously did I just see that announce it to the whole world that I once was a childish idiot teenager? Oh, whatever… All of us were once.

 

 

Knowing that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up so soon, I had to come up with some sort of minty truffle, cookie dough goodness. I have a bunch of ideas for this year’s St. Patty’s and I have to start it off on the right foot. I’ve been mulling this over for a few weeks now and I think I finally perfected the recipe, or so I hope. You can let me know how yours came out but mine came out fantastic!

 

These Shamrock Mint Bites are the perfect lucky charm for the holiday. They are sweet, sticky, minty and they are oh-so green! Without even one drop of green food coloring, they came out rocking it with the wholesome, nourishing chlorophyll from the baby spinach I used. Trust me, I did consider using some food coloring I have in my pantry leftover from our American Citronella Bug Repellent DIY project. But once I hit pulse on the food processor, I watched that baby twist and turn into a green, creamy, minty paste. No artificial nonsense in these protein packed truffles. I’m going to be on a huge cookie dough obsession after successfully making these. I’m talking serious mint chocolate chip—or no chocolate chip—everything. And cookie dough bite-size shaped whatever, you name it, kthxbye.

 

 

I am totally revved up for a full-blown St. Patrick’s Day. Last year, I didn’t get to celebrate it very well—even decorate much but put up a shamrock on my door—because we were in the middle of moving to the Raleigh house. Now that were passed that…We had to quiet down on the Valentine’s Day decorating for this year because the house was still minorly (sp?) upside down after our return from our trip around Italy and having just moved on New Year’s Day. I love to decorate for each and every single holiday and my house is always festive.

 

But with all that going on behind the scenes, I’m still glad we celebrated Valentine’s Day well, at home and on the blog, just not as decorated as we would typically like it. Having skipped over the mushiness decor that I love, hit me straight with a kick in the butt. I’m in the perfect mood to go all out for St. Patrick’s Day this year. I want to explore a little bit more of what I don’t already know about Irish culture, their food and cool ways to celebrate this holiday with festivities. I’ve been dying to travel to Ireland to explore all that they have to offer. (Read more on the blog about how we backpacked through Ireland.) And since I haven’t gone just yet, this is just the right time to learn more before I even get to go there.

 

I wouldn’t particularly say that these Shamrock Mint Bites are an Irish culinary dish or even of traditional flavors but I am inspired by the way that Americans celebrate this Irish holiday, at least for today. These upcoming three weeks are the time of the year where we all celebrate everything in green with a hint of mint flavor also my in-laws are here this weekend and my father-in-law loves mint anything so I’m sure you could see where I’m coming from. He also loves chocolate so I’m thinking of having a Shamrock Mint Bites homemade dark chocolate family dipping session.

 

What do you think? I’m going to go with yes. You can hold me to it, though, that next month I will be expanding on true Irish cuisine. For now, all you get is genuinely sweet and innocent Shamrock Mint Bites, which to me sounds like a very fair trade.

 

XO

 

 

Shamrock Mint Bites

 

St. Patrick's Day is almost here! These Shamrock Mint Bites are the best lucky charm for this holiday.

 

 

Prep time:  45 mins

Cook time:  15 mins

Total time:  1 hour

Yields: 26-30

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

 

Instructions

  1. Drain chickpeas. Wash well and remove outer layer.

  2. Place all ingredients in the food processor. Pulse until completely smooth and velvety. Transfer the batter to a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  3. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Remove cookie dough from fridge. Roll into tbsp sized bites and place on the cookie sheet.

  5. Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.

  6. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

  • Peppermint essential oil can be replaced with a splash of peppermint extract, if unavailable to you.

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