These little chocolate cookies are paired together with a luscious creme de menthe filling. Set them out on your dessert tray at the holidays.

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Ultimate Chocolate-Mint Cookie Sandwiches

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Add eggs and vanilla to sugar mixture; beat until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. Cover and chill dough for 2 to 24 hours, or until easy to handle.

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  • Roll dough into 1-1/2-inch balls and place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets (or, for smaller cookies, roll into 3/4-inch balls and place 2 inches apart). Bake in a 375 degree F. oven for 8 to 10 minutes (or 6 to 7 minutes for smaller cookies) or until edges are set. Let stand 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to wire racks and let cool.

  • Frost the tops of half of the cookies with Chocolate Glaze. Place cookies, chocolate sides up, on a wire rack. Let stand until set (about 30 minutes).

  • Spread the bottoms of the remaining plain cookies generously with the Crème de Menthe Filling. Top with chocolate-coated cookies, chocolate sides up. Gently press the cookie to spread the filling into an even layer. Wrap each cookie in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Serve cold. (Store any leftover cookies in the refrigerator up to 4 days or freeze up to 1 month.)

Nutrition Facts (Ultimate Chocolate-Mint Cookie Sandwiches)

430 calories; 20 g total fat; 78 mg cholesterol; 339 mg sodium. 62 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein;

Crème de Menthe Filling

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and crème de menthe. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. If necessary, add 1 tablespoon additional crème de menthe to make of spreading consistency. (Or, if you like, substitute milk for green crème de menthe. Add 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract and 2 or 3 drops green food coloring.)

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Chocolate Glaze

Ingredients

Directions

  • In a small saucepan, cook and stir whipping cream and chocolate over low heat until chocolate melts. Remove from heat. Let cool about 20 minutes or until it slightly thickens. (Chocolate should be warm but not hot.)

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