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Chocolate-Mint Truffle Cookies

 Chocolate-Mint Truffle Cookies
These truffle-like cookies will wow guests at any holiday gathering and steal the show on the dessert table. Taste of Home Test Kitchen
32 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (4.6 ounces) mint Andes candies, chopped, divided
  • 2 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1/2 cup white baking chips
  • Optional toppings: chopped nuts, sprinkles and crushed candy canes

Directions

  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips;
  • stir until smooth. Cool slightly. Stir in the egg, sugars and
  • extracts. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt;
  • gradually add to chocolate mixture and mix well. Fold in 3/4 cup
  • Andes candies.

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Chocolate-Mint Truffle Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Roll rounded tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Place 2-in. apart on
  • ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until
  • tops appear slightly dry. Cool for 1 minute before removing to wire
  • racks to cool completely.
  • In a microwave, melt 1 teaspoon shortening and remaining chocolate
  • chips and Andes candies; stir until smooth. Melt white baking chips
  • and remaining shortening in a microwave at 70% power for 1 minute;
  • stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring
  • until smooth.
  • Dip half of the cookies in melted chocolate mixture; allow excess to
  • drip off. Place on waxed paper. Dip remaining cookies in melted
  • baking chip mixture; allow excess to drip off. Place on wax paper.
  • Immediately sprinkle with toppings of your choice. Let stand until
  • set. Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 112 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 30 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.