Chocolate Mint Cookies


3/4 cup butter, softened

1 cup confectioners' sugar

2 squares (1 oz each) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup minature semisweet chocolate chips

ICING                                                                              DRIZZLE

2 tablespoons butter, softened                                  1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 cup confectioners' sugar                                          1/2 teaspoon shortening

1 tablespoon milk

1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

1 to 2 drops green food coloring

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar. Beat in chocolate and mint extract. Gradually add flour. Stir in chocolate chips (dough will be soft).

Drop by tablespoons 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes or until firm. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine icing ingredients; spread over cooled cookies. Let set. In a microwave oven, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over cookies. YIELD 4 dozen.

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