Chocolate mint melt-aways

Yield: 36 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 cup Butter; unsalted, room temp
2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
½ teaspoon Peppermint extract; naturaly flavored
½ cup Powdered sugar; plus 2 T.
2 cups Flour; all-purpose
¼ cup Whipping cream; plus 2 T.
2 tablespoons Butter; unsalted
9 ounces White chocolate; chopped
¼ teaspoon Peppermint extract; naturaly flavored
9 ounces Bittersweet chocolate; or semisweet
1 tablespoon Vegetable shortening




Cookies:Preheat oven to 350. Butter 2 large heavy baking sheets. Using mixer, cream butter, sugar and extracts until light. Beat in half of the flour. Stir in remaining flour. Spoon half of dough into a pastry bag fitted with #4 star tip , or cookie press. Either pipe 2½ inch ovals with solid centers or press into desired shape, spacing cookies ½ " apart. Repeat with remaing dough. Bake until golden brown on edges, about 12 minutes. Transfer to paper towels and cool.

Ganache:Bring cream and butter to simmer in heavy small saucepan. Add chocolate and stir until smooth. Mix in extract. Refrigerate just until firm enough to spread, stirring occaisionally, about 30 minutes.

Line 2 cookie sheets with foil or parchment paper. Using a small spatula spread 1 teaspooon of ganache over flat side of cookie. Arrange ganache side up on cookie shhets. Refrigerate until firm.

Coating: Melt chocolate and shortning together over double boiler until smooth. Remove from water. Grasping cookie by the edges, dip bottom of cookie into chocolate, place on cookie sheet chocolate side down. Repeat with remaining cookies. Chill until chocolate sets.

Recipe by: Bon Appetit, Dec. 1990 Posted to recipelu-digest Volume 01 Number 316 by RecipeLu <recipelu@...> on Nov 27, 1997

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