Earlier today Audiam posted a request for holiday recipes, including turkey, veggies, and of course, one of the staples of my life, desserts. We don't "do" the holidays here, but this recipe has been handed down for generations in my family, and for some reason I do not know, these wonderful things only appear (and quickly disappear!) in December. Personally I think they would be great all year around, but no one in my family ever makes them in any other month. ...As far as I know. If they do, they aren't telling, and they don't share! (Photo from Flickr.)
Chocolate Peppermint Cremes
Combine 3 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp baking soda.
Cream together in a different bowl, 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 3/4 cup butter, 2 T water, and 2 eggs, and then add 12 oz. melted semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Add the combined dry ingredients and mix well. The dough may be stiff, especially if you used real butter. If it is very soft, refrigerate for a couple of hours. Roll dough into 1 inch balls and then flatten a bit. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes, at 350. Don't overbake them -- they should be soft in the centers. Cool completely.
To make the filling, cream together 1/3 cup of butter, 3 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 tsp of peppermint, a dash of salt, and 3 T + 1 tsp milk. Spread liberally onto cookies and sandwich together. Makes about 4 dozen. Enjoy. (And please bring some over here to share with me!)
This reminds me, I saw something today that I am going to HAVE to try the next time I need a real chocolate fix, something that might even be better than the killer brownies I made the other day. (Those go toooo fast!) Ever hear of grilled Nutella sandwiches? Nutella is now at the top of my grocery list for next month! I might not wait that long...