There are three layers to these cookies:
Layer 1 Ingredients:
2 squares of Baker's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Squares
1/2 C butter (8 T)
1/2 t peppermint extract
1 C sugar
Dash of salt
1/2 C flour
Layer 2 Ingredients:
1/2 C butter (8 T)
4 C confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar)
4 T heavy whipping cream
3 t peppermint extract
Layer 3 Ingredients:
4 squares of Baker's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate Squares
1/4 C butter (4 T)
Layer 1 Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and grease a cookie sheet (including the sides). Melt the chocolate and butter together - I did this in a microwave in a glass Pyrex measuring cup in 30 second intervals and found the chocolate completely melted after 1 1/2 minutes. I recommend using a knife to stir the chocolate and butter. You'll want the mixture to cool down so I put mine in the fridge for 10 minutes while I worked on the other ingredients.
Add in the sugar, chocolate mixture (once it has cooled down), and peppermint extract.
Finally, add in the flour and salt.
Once it's all mixed together, pour it into the cookie sheet and put in the oven for 10-15 minutes (or until it's slightly pulling away from the edges of the pan.
After baking, put the cookie sheet on a rack in your fridge and let it cool completely (about 30 minutes).
While the first layer is cooling, cream together the butter and confectioner's sugar with the heavy whipping cream and peppermint extract. It's going to be pretty thick by the time it's all mixed together.
Once mixed, use a spatula to frost the first layer. Here's a trick my aunt taught me: once all the icing is down, get a glass of really hot water, dip a knife in the glass, wipe it off, and smooth out the layer as much as you can. I'm not very skilled at this, but it beats using a spatula to try and spread it out evenly! Put this tray back in the fridge until it has completely hardened (45 minutes to an hour should do you).
Layer 3 Instructions:
Melt the baking chocolate and butter just like you did in the first step. Now of course I had to make a mistake somewhere and this is where it was. I put it in the microwave for too long (2 minutes) and it became really thick. Essentially, it should be melted enough that you can pour the chocolate over the white icing in an "S" pattern while the pan is on an angle. That way, you don't have to have a knife to spread the chocolate all over. However, because mine was too thick, I ended up using a spatula to cover the chocolate.
Once you've completely covered the tray in chocolate, cut the tray into long narrow strips (2"x1" or so) and stick it back in the fridge to harden. And voila! Your cookies and good to go!
TOTAL COSTS: About $22 (if you don't have any ingredients - all prices from Vons)
Baking chocolate - $2.99
Butter - $.79
Eggs - $2.99
Sugar - $2.49
Peppermint extract - $4.79
Flour - $2.49
Confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar) - $1.99
Heavy whipping cream - $3.49
TOTAL AMOUNT OF TIME: About 3 hours, 15 minutes
Layer 1 prepare: 45 minutes
Layer 1 bake: 15 minutes
Layer 1 cool in fridge: 30 minutes
Layer 2 prepare: 15 minutes
Layer 2 cool in fridge: 1 hour
Layer 3 prepare: 15 minutes
Layer 3 cool in fridge: 15 minutes
EASY-PEASY SCALE (1 super easy - 5 very difficult) - 2 out of 5
The only hard thing is getting layer 3 on right but as you can see, I didn't and it still turned out great! Enjoy!