Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

Southern Living
Makes 4 dozen

Ingredients

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1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (6-ounce) package semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
3/4 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted (optional)
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted (optional)

Preparation

Prep: 45 Minutes
Chill: 1 Hours
Bake: 12 Minutes
Cool: 3 Minutes

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. Stir in orange rind and extract. Gradually add flour, beating well. Cover and chill 1 hour.

Divide dough in half. Cover and chill 1 portion. Divide remaining portion into 24 pieces; shape each piece into a 2 1/2- x 1/2-inch log on a lightly floured surface. Repeat procedure with reserved portion. Place cookies on baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.

Bake at 350° for 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 3 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Dip tips of cookies in melted chocolate, and if desired, chopped nuts or coconut. Place on wire racks; let stand until firm.

Created date

February 2005