Chocolate Mint Cookies

1 c. sugar
1/2 c. butter or margarine (room temperature)
1 tsp vanilla flavoring
1 egg
1 ounce (2 squares) melted unsweetened chocolate
1 c. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Peppermint Frosting (recipe follows)
1/4 c. butter or margarine
2 tbs corn syrup
1 package semisweet chocolate chips (6 oz)
Peppermint candies (crushed) (optional)

Peppermint Frosting Ingredients:
2 1/2 c. confectioner’s sugar
1/4 c. butter or margarine (room temperature)
3 tbs milk
1/2 tsp peppermint flavoring

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix first five cookie ingredients in large bowl on medium speed or mix by hand with spoon. Add in flour and salt. Form dough into rounded teaspoons and place about 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. With a greased bottom of glass dipped in sugar, carefully flatten cookies. Bake for approximately 8 minutes or until set. Cool for 2 minutes and remove to wire rack. Cool cookies completely. Ice with Peppermint Frosting until 1/4 inch of cookies edge. Over low heat, melt 1/4-cup butter, the corn syrup and chocolate chips stirring continuously until smooth. Pour mixture over each cookie and top with crushed candies.

Peppermint Frosting Directions:

Combine all ingredients until smooth.

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