Saturday, December 5, 2009

Chocolate Mint Dreams

These are new cookies I tried this year for my Christmas variety. They were Runner's Up after the Peanut Butter Christmas Mice recipe I also made from in the Taste of Home Christmas magazine in a Christmas cookie competition and anything with triple chocolate and mint has to be good. The frosting makes them really sweet so have a glass of milk close by to cut the sweetness.

3/4 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1/2 cup confectioners' (icing) sugar
2 squares (1 oz each) (50g total), unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup miniature chocolate chips

3 Tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 cups confectioners' (icing) sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
2-3 drops green food coloring

1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp shortening (UK- Trex)


In large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in chocolate and mint extract. Gradually add flour. Stir in chocolate chips. Dough will be soft. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 F/190 C for 6-8 minutes or until firm. Cool for 4 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine icing ingredients; spread over cooled cookies. Let set.

In microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies.

Yields: 3 1/2 to 4 dozen

***Note: The original recipe said it would make 4 1/2 dozen cookies but I barely got 4 dozen by making the last few teaspoon sized versus tablespoon sized. Also when I melted my chocolate to drizzle on top it didn't "drizzle" really well so I flicked the spreading knife around to get chocolate "splatters."

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