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Hidden Mint Morsels

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + chilling

Makes

about 10 dozen

Is it a cookie or a candy? No matter which answer folks choose, they find these minty morsels yummy. The recipe makes so much that you can whip up tons of gifts at once. —Adina Skilbred, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin
Hidden Mint Morsels Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • PEPPERMINT LAYER:
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • CHOCOLATE COATING:
  • 2 packages (11-1/2 ounces each) milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup shortening

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the shortening, butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a lightly floured 1-1/2-in. round cookie cutter; place on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 375° until set, 6-8 minutes. Cool for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, combine all the peppermint layer ingredients. Knead for 1 minute or until smooth. Shape into 120 balls, 1/2 in. each. Place a ball on each cookie and flatten to cover cookie. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets; refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Spread about 1 teaspoonful over each cookie. Chill until firm.

Nutrition Facts

2 cookies: 127 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 50mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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