Cream Cheese Peppermints With Chocolate (adapted from shewearsmanyhats.com)
1 pound confections sugar
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
a few drops of peppermint oil (to taste)
green food coloring gel (optional)
4 ounces chocolate chips
Using a mixer, gradually add the powdered sugar to the cream cheese, beat well until incorporated. Add peppermint extract and food coloring (if using) and combine well.
Roll dough into teaspoon size balls and roll in granulated sugar and place on baking sheet(s) lined with parchment paper. Create a small “bowl” or indentation in each ball using a ¼ teaspoon or your finger. Refrigerate for a few hours until firm.
When peppermints have firmed, melt chocolate according to package directions. Fill a piping bag or freezer bag with the corner clipped with melted chocolate. Fill each mini peppermint with chocolate and let cool
Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes about 4 dozen.