Chocolate-Mint Layer Squares

Christmas Cookies

  • 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 3/4 teaspoons peppermint extract
  • 2 drops green food coloring (optional)
  • 2 (1 ounce) squares sweet baking chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Melt unsweetened chocolate and 1/2 cup butter in top of a double boiler over simmering water; cool.

Combine eggs and 1 cup sugar, beating until light and fluffy stir in flour, walnuts, and cooled chocolate. Spread mixture in a greased 9 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Cool in pan on a wire rack.

Combine powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons butter, whipping cream, and peppermint extract. Stir in food coloring, if desired. Beat until smooth. Spread evenly over baked layer; cover and chill 1 hour or until firm.

Melt sweet chocolate and 2 tablespoons butter in top of a double boiler over simming water; stir in vanilla, and drizzle over peppermint layer. Cut into 1 inch squares.

Yield: about 7 dozen.


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