Chocolate Lovers’ Dream Cookies

from Coming Home with Gooseberry Patch

Chocolate Lovers’ Dream Cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
2/3 cup baking cocoa
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer on low speed, blend butter, sugars, cocoa, baking powder and baking soda. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat in as much flour as possible; stir in any remaining flour. Cover; chill at least 2 hours. Form into 1-1/2 inch balls; place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand one minute on baking sheet; remove to wire racks to cool. Spread filling on flat side of half the cookies; press on remaining cookies to make sandwiches. Spread tops with glaze; place on a wire rack until glaze sets. Wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap. Keep chilled. Makes 1-1/2 dozen.

1/3 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons green crème de menthe
4 cups powdered sugar

Mix butter and crème de menthe in a medium bowl. With an electric mixer on low speed, gradually beat in powdered sugar, adding a little more crème de menthe if necessary until spreadable.

6 (1-ounce) squares semi-sweet baking chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup whipping cream

Cook and stir chocolate and cream in a medium saucepan over low heat until melted. Remove from heat; let stand 20 minutes, until slightly thickened.


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Servings: 18

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