Midnight Mints

These can be made in mint or cherry flavor.

Layer 1:
1/2 cup butter or margarine
5 tablespoons cocoa
1/4 cup sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1-1/2 cup graham wafer crumbs
1/2 cup coconut

Layer 2:
1/4 cup butter or margarine
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon peppermint flavoring (or cherry or almond)
2 cups icing sugar
2 drops green food coloring (or red if using cherry flavoring)

Layer 3:
2/3 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons butter or margarine

1st LAYER: Combine butter, cocoa and sugar in
saucepan. Bring slowly to a boil. Whisk in
egg to thicken. Remove from heat and add
crumbs & coconut. Pack into greased 9 x 9-inch baking pan using the back of a spoon.

2nd LAYER: Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Mix well adding a few more DROPS of milk if needed for easy spreading. Tint with a few drops of food coloring. Spread over first layer.

3rd LAYER: Melt chips and butter in microwave,
stir, then drop by spoonfuls over 2nd layer and spread all over to cover. Chill for about 15 minutes, then cut into squares. If chocolate is still too soft, chill a little longer but don't let get too hard. If it does, cut with a hot knife.

Store in the refrigerator. Freezes well.

Note: Adapted from a post by Dayle B.C. to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club forum at Epicurious.com. Dayle adds: "When I make these, I double the base, and make 2 pans at once, one green and one pink, then freeze them."

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