Chocolate Covered Oreo Cookies

25-30 Oreo cookies (or other brand of sandwich cookies)

12 ounces milk chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening

4 peppermint candy canes (the regular sized ones)

1. To crush the candy canes, place them in a plastic zip top bag and use a meat mallet, hammer, or heavy skillet to crush them.  Then pour into a small bowl.

2. In a medium bowl add the chocolate chips and shortening.  Microwave for 1 minute, stir and microwave for additional 30 second intervals, stirring after each, until chocolate is melted and smooth.

3. Place a sandwich cookie in the chocolate, flip with a fork to cover both sides and use two forks to remove from the chocolate.

4. Place cookie on waxed paper and top with a pinch of crushed peppermint candies. Continue until all cookies are covered and topped.  Allow to harden at room temperature or in the refrigerator.