Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Food: Chocolate Mint Dreams

Sometimes a girl craves chocolate and mint. This girl did last week and, being out of cocoa powder and too lazy to go to the grocery store, decided to make Chocolate Mint Dreams which use unsweetened chocolate squares and chocolate chips to get that deep dark chocolate taste. Mmmm....

I've made these before as part of my Christmas cookie baking spectacular. I usually do make the icing green to make them look more festive. You can also put a drizzle of chocolate on top to pretty them up more. I was making these for me and was more interested in eating them than making them look pretty, so you'll notice the icing is white and there aren't any drizzles on top. They're still good though!

Chocolate Mint Dreams

3/4 cup butter (no substitutes)
2 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips

2 Tbsp butter, softened
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 Tbsp milk
1/4 tsp peppermint extract

In a large mixing bowl, melt butter and unsweetened chocolate in the microwave. Let cool slightly.
Mix in confectioner's sugar and peppermint extract. Gradually mix in flour. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop cookie dough by tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Note that if you'd like pretty cookies, you'll need to shape the dough at this stage - these don't flatten as they're baking.
Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until firm.
Cool for 4 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
Combine icing ingredients (add 2 drops green food coloring if desired) and spread over cooled cookies. Let set.
If you'd like, drizzle on top 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips and 1/2 tsp shortening mixed together until smooth.
Yield: 4 dozen cookies.

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