Saturday, December 11, 2010

Another Cookie and Ornament Exchange

I was back in the kitchen last night baking. I need to start buying my baking supplies at Costco. I made another new recipe for the exchange. Chocolate-Dipped Maple Logs. I made the cookie portion last night and then dipped them this morning. Anthony said they were pretty tasty. The recipe says it makes 6 dozen but I ended up with exactly 4 dozen. Maybe my logs are larger than then should be. The recipe is from Taste of Home.

Chocolate-Dipped Maple Logs

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon Spice Island® Pure Vanilla Extract
1 teaspoon maple flavoring
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons milk
3/4 cup ground walnuts

In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and maple flavoring. Combine the flour, oats and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.

On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into 1/2-in.-wide logs. Cut into 2-in. pieces. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 15-18 minutes or until set and very lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and milk; stir until smooth. Dip one end of each cookie into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Roll in walnuts. Place on waxed paper until set.

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