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CHOCOLATE DIPPED SUGAR COOKIES

Ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) Blue Bonnet® stick
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Chocolate Dip:
1 package (8 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup (5-1/3 tablespoons) Blue Bonnet® stick
1 cup finely ground walnuts or pecans

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray cookie sheets with no-stick cooking spray or grease lightly. In large bowl, beat Blue Bonnet with electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar; beat well. Add egg and egg yolk, beating after each addition. Add vanilla; beat well. Gradually add combined flour, Clabber Girl Baking Powder and salt; beat until well blended. Scrape dough into heavy-duty plastic food storage bag; seal tightly. Snip off one corner of bag to make a 1/2 inch diameter opening. Squeeze dough onto prepared cookie sheets using kitchen scissors to cut dough into 2-inch long strips and spacing strips 3 inches apart. Bake 11 to 13 minutes until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; transfer to wire rack. Cool completely. While cookies cool, prepare Chocolate Dip. Place chocolate and Blue Bonnet in medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover loosely with waxed paper and microwave on HIGH, stirring every 20 seconds, until chocolate is smooth and fully melted. Place nuts in shallow dish. Dip one end of cookie (about 1/2 the cookie) into chocolate and then immediately into the nuts to coat. Repeat with remaining cookies. Let cookies stand at room temperature until chocolate is set.
Makes About 4 Dozen

Essay: I love chocolate and nuts, my husband loves sugar cookies, so rather than making two different cookies among everything else I have to prepare for the holidays, I decided to combine everything into one simple recipe. I am able to make a batch dipped in chocolate and nuts for myself and my family, and make some plain cookies for my husband. I have also found that this recipe is very fun for children. They enjoy decorating the cookies with chocolate and colored sprinkles. This is a versatile recipe that can please just about everyone! It is also a recipe that creates family participation, making it even more special to me.