Monday, February 08, 2010

Chocolate Peppermint Tartlets



With Valentines Day this weekend, I've been looking for new goodies to make and bake so I can shower my loved ones with some homemade lovin! I found these this morning and they won my heart over in a flash, so of course I had to share!

Chocolate Peppermint Tartlets

1 pouch Betty Crocker® chocolate chunk cookie mix
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon water
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup crushed peppermint candies (about 14)
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
2 to 3 drops red food color
Powdered sugar

Directions:

1. Lightly spray 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray. Prepare cookie dough as directed on package adding peppermint extract. Shape dough into 24(1-inch) balls; place in muffin cups.
2. Bake at 375° F for 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Immediately make indentation in center of each cookie with end of wooden spoon to form a cup. Cool 30 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.
3. In medium bowl, beat powdered sugar, crushed peppermint candies, butter, milk, and red food color with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Spoon frosting into decorating bag with large star tip (#5). Pipe into each cookie cup. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Store in refrigerator.

Now, aren't you glad I shared? Wouldn't these be cute in a giftie basket with other goodies, maybe left on a doorstep? Alot of the comments left on my valentines giveaway were about having another day to say I love you to someone, and what better way than with home baked treats for your sweets!

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