1 1/4 c. flour

2/3 c. cocoa

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1 c. sugar

1/2 c. +  2 tbsp butter, room temperature

1 egg

Preheat oven to 375.  Combine flour, cocoa, soda, powder, salt and sugar.

Mix in butter and egg until well-combined. Make sure the butter is slightly soft or it won't mix in very well and you'll end up with butter chunks.Roll dough into small balls, place on greased cookie sheet.  Press the balls into circles, either using your hand or the bottom of a cup.  If you want fun shapes, press flat and then use a cookie cutter to cut out the shape. cook for 9 minutes.  Let cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet, then remove to a cooling rack.When cookies are completely cool, pair up the cookies, place frosting on the bottom of one and place another cookie on top.  Easy peesy!



1/2 c. shortening

1/4 c. butter

2-3 cups powder sugar (add until you get the consistency you want, you want it to be thick, but spreadable)

Filling flavorings:

3 tsp. vanilla extract

3 tsp peppermint extract

Combine shortening, butter, and sugar.  Mix until very well combined and you reach the consistency you want. If you want the cream filling, add 3 tsp vanilla.  If you want mint stuffed, add 3 tsp. peppermint, or divide the dough in half and do both.  To make them festive, add food coloring to the filling.