Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
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PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

MIX flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.

MIX butter and sugars in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer until light in color and homogenous. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until fluffy. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in 1/2 cup morsels and 1/2 cup candies.

PLACE tablespoon sized balls onto cookie sheets lined with parchment, leaving 2 inches between each cookie. Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are set. Remove from oven and place sheets on cooling rack. Let cookies cool before serving. Let cookies cool before dipping in glaze.

MAKE the glaze by microwaving 1 cup (6 oz.) morsels and shortening in a small microwave-safe bowl on high (100% power) for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. Line 2 baking sheets with wax paper.

DIP one cookie halfway into chocolate; shake off excess. Place on to prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with chopped candy canes. Repeat with remaining cookies and then refrigerate for 15 minutes or until coating is set.