It's no secret on this blog that I love Trader Joe's. One of the bummers about this store though it that because of its size they don't stock everything all the time. So that favorite coffee or cereal might be there this month but next month they may not have it. My favorite item hands down are the Chocolate Peppermint Joe Joe's. They grace the shelves of our local Joe's from about November through Christmas week. In years past I have been known to purchase ridiculous amounts of these cookies and save them so I could enjoy the pepperminty goodness through January. This year though they sold out unusually early and I was left on New Years Eve with no Joe Joe's. What's a girl to do!? If there is one thing my beloved has taught me in our almost 7 years of marriage is that if you can't afford it or can't find it....make it.
Now let me start by saying that this is attempt number one of what I like to call "Operation Joe Joe" While these cookies rocked they didn't quiet satisfy my Joe Joe's fix. So keep your eyes open for more. These bad boys defiantly were pepperminty but the sandwich cookie had more of a brownie consistency than the crisp crunch of a Joe Joe. However, I couldn't pass up sharing these with my fellow bakers. I discovered this recipe on Our Best Bites but its circulating around the web in various forms. I have posted the original recipe but remember to note my notes as I made a few changes. I hope you enjoy these and as we start a new year here's to family, health and happy baking!