CHOCOLATE-TIPPED COOKIE SLICES WITH PISTACHIO NUTS
about 6½ dozen cookies
Sift together the first 3 ingredients. In a large bowl, cream butter thoroughly. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg or egg substitute and flavorings, beating well. Add dry ingredients, mixing well. Transfer ¾ cup dough into a small bowl. Add ¼ cup nuts of choice and 2 to 3 drops green (pistachio) or red (almond) food coloring, mixing well. Form dough into a roll 10 inches in length; cover in clear plastic wrap. Form remaining dough into a 10 x 4½-inch rectangle; cover in clear plastic wrap. Refrigerate both for 1 hour. Place nutty dough roll in the center of rectangular dough roll; carefully mold uncolored cookie dough around colored dough. Cover in clear plastic wrap and refrigerate until dough is very firm, about 8 to 12 hours.
With a sharp knife, cut dough roll into 1/8-inch thick slices. Arrange dough slices, 2 inches apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in a preheated moderate oven (375 degrees F.) for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Transfer cookies to wire racks to cool completely. In the top of a double boiler, melt chocolate over very hot, not simmering or boiling, water. Spread edges of cooled cookies with melted chocolate, or dip one-third of each cookie in melted chocolate. Carefully roll the edge- chocolate-coated cookie in remaining nuts, or sprinkle nuts over chocolate each chocolate-coated cookie. Allow chocolate on cookies to become firm before storing them in an airtight container.
Note: May reduce butter or margarine to 1/3 cup; add 1/3 cup Smucker's Shortening & Oil Baking
Replacement. May need to add ¼ cup additional flour if dough is too soft.
Note: In a hurry....no time to bake. Use 2 to 3 (18-ounce) packages refrigerated sugar cookie dough or reduced-fat sugar cookie dough. Cut each dough roll into thin slices, each slice about1/8-inch thick. Bake according to package directions. Allow cookies to cool completely and then dip in melted chocolate and sprinkle with nuts as previously directed in the above recipe.