Chocolate cookies that are puffy and topped with a refreshing buttermint frosting.
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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 large Land O Lakes® Egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup water
2 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
1/4 cup finely crushed starlight peppermint candies
*Substitute 2 teaspoons vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1/2 cup. Let stand 10 minutes.
Heat oven to 400°F.
Combine sugar, 1/2 cup butter, cocoa, egg and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt alternately with buttermilk and water. Beat at low speed until well mixed.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls, 2 inches apart, onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 7-9 minutes or until top of cookie springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool completely.
Combine all frosting ingredients except peppermint candy in small bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon frosting on top of each cookie; sprinkle with crushed candies.