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
  • 2 eggs
  • 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
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line several cookie sheets with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda and salt; set mixture aside.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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