Mom's Mint in the Middle Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 1 1/2 ounce Peppermint Patties
3 tablespoons peppermint candies (red/white), crushed
1/4 cup butter
2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup half and half
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
In a small bowl, stir together the flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda and salt; set mixture aside.
In a large bowl, cream the sugars and 1 cup butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, beating well. Gradually add flour mixture and chill dough for at least 3 hours.
Cut small pieces from peppermint patty to make it square. Slice the patty into four horizontal rows and three vertical rows, creating 12 rectangles. Repeat with remaining peppermint patties.
Roll 1 tablespoon of cookie dough to form a ball, and flatten it slightly. Place a rectangle of peppermint patty in the center and shape the dough around it, enclosing it completely. Re-roll into a ball and place the cookies 2" apart on prepared cookie sheets. Bake for 7 minutes. Cool cookies completely on a wire rack.
Make chocolate glaze; In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup butter, chocolate and half and half. microwave on medium power for 1 minute, until melted. Stir mixture, then add powdered sugar.
Spoon 1 teaspoon glaze on top of each cookie, then spread with the back of the teaspoon to make a circlue approximately 1" in diameter. Sprinklw immediately with crushed peppermint candies. Store glazed cookies in an airtigh