4 (1-ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup light corn syrup
2 1/2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons peppermint extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Additional sugar for rolling
Melt chocolate squares in the top of a double boiler over simmering water; set
aside to cool.
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda
and salt; set
In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer at medium speed, cream the
shortening and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and blend well.
chocolate, corn syrup, water, and extracts and blend well. Stir in flour mixture
blended. Shape dough into 1-inch balls; roll in additional sugar and place about
apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Cool a few minutes
sheet and transfer to wire racks to cool completely.