Just like their name implies, these cookies have a surprise: a chocolate mint center!
Yield: 55 cookies
In a mixer, using the dough hook, cream together margarine, sugar, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract and water until it is a smooth, creamy mixture. Stop mixer every so often and scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula ensuring all the margarine is absorbed. Add flour, baking soda and salt and mix until smooth dough forms.
Melt chocolate in microwave. Add 1/2 teaspoon mint extract and mix well.(Mint extract is very concentrated, so if you want to feel a more minty taste, you can add more, but only one drop at a time.) Transfer chocolate-mint mixture to a squeeze bottle and squeeze small circles onto a lined baking sheet. Freeze for ten minutes, until the chocolate hardens. Place buttons into a small bowl and refrigerate.
To assemble the cookies, pull off small balls from the dough. Inside each ball, hide a chocolate mint button and roll with your hands so it is completely covered by dough. Transfer to a lined oven sheet. Continue forming cookies with the remainder of the dough and “buttons.” Allow space between each cookie; they will spread during baking.
Bake at 350 degree Fahreneit (180 degrees Celsius) in a preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool. Dust cookies with confectioner’s sugar and serve.
The cookies freeze very well without the confectioner’s sugar topping. When you’re ready to use them, remove from freezer, defrost for a short time and then dust with the sugar.