Chocolate Mint Surprises
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup evaporated milk
2 to 3 teaspoons peppermint extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 pounds dark chocolate candy coating, melted
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Add melted chocolate. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to chocolate mixture and mix well. Shape in two 10-in. rolls; wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
Unwrap dough and cut into 1/4-in. slices. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 5-7 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
For filling, in a small bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, butter, milk and extracts until smooth. Shape into 1/2-in. balls. Place a ball in the center of each cookie; flatten. Freeze for 30 minutes.
Dip cookies in melted candy coating to completely cover; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set
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I came up with this recipe a few years ago and have shared it with many people. I would often snack on these treats after my baby's middle-of-the-night feeding.