SNOW-CAPPED CHOCOLATE COOKIES (makes about 4 dozen cookies)
12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 stick unsalted butter, divided and softened 1½ c flour 1/3 c cocoa 1½ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt ¾ c packed brown sugar ¾ c sugar 3 eggs 1½ tsp vanilla extract
Melt chocolate & 4 T of butter in double boiler. Set aside to cool. Mix together flour through salt. Set aside. Beat together remaining butter, sugars, salt, egg, and vanilla. Mix in chocolate. Once completely mixed, slowly blend in flour mixture until no traces are visible. Refrigerate dough for ½ hour.
Using a tablespoon, roll dough into balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes. Cool completely. Spread each cookie generously with frosting.
FROSTING 4 T butter, softened 1/3 c half & half ¾ tsp vanilla 2½ c confectioner’s sugar
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