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2 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened baking chocolate

2/3 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large Land O Lakes® Egg

1 tablespoon milk

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt


1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 to 4 tablespoons water


Coarse grain sugar

Tiny shiny silver stars

Silver dragées

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Place chocolate into bowl; microwave 1 minute. Continue microwaving, stirring every 15 seconds, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Cool 5 minutes.

  2. STEP 2

    Place 2/3 cup butter into another bowl; beat at medium speed 30 seconds. Add melted chocolate; continue beating until combined. Add sugar; beat until well mixed. Add egg, milk, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and peppermint extract; continue beating until well mixed. Add flour, baking powder and salt; beat at low speed until well mixed.

  3. STEP 3

    Divide dough in half. Shape each half into ball; flatten slightly. Wrap each in plastic food wrap; refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm.

  4. STEP 4

    Heat oven to 375°F.

  5. STEP 5

    Roll out dough, one-half at a time, on lightly floured surface (keeping remaining dough refrigerated) to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out using 5-inch reindeer cookie cutter. Place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to cooling rack; cool completely.

  6. STEP 6

    Combine all glaze ingredients except water in bowl; beat at medium speed until well mixed. Continue beating, adding enough water for desired glazing consistency.

  7. STEP 7

    Spread glaze onto cookies. Sprinkle cookies with coarse grain sugar and tiny stars. Place silver dragées on each reindeer for the eye and harness.

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