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Chocolate Chip-Peanut Meltaways

Chocolate Chip-Peanut Meltaways

Prep and Cook Time: about 1 1/2 hours. Notes: Two favorite flavors team up in these cocoa-dusted cookies. You can store them airtight for up to 3 days.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2003

  • Yield: Makes about 120 cookies


  • 1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
  • 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped salted, roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder


1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on low speed, or in a food processor, beat or whirl butter, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, and the vanilla, almond extract, and flour until smooth and well blended. Stir in peanuts and chocolate.

2. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls and place about 1 inch apart on buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets.

3. Bake in a 300° oven until cookies are pale golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes; if baking more than one pan at a time, switch pan positions halfway through baking. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes.

4. In a shallow bowl, mix remaining 1 1/3 cups powdered sugar and the cocoa powder. Gently turn warm cookies in powdered sugar mixture, a few at a time, then set on racks to cool. When cool, coat cookies again with powdered sugar mixture.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 37
  • Calories from fat: 54%
  • Protein: 0.5g
  • Fat: 2.2g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 4.1g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Sodium: 23mg
  • Cholesterol: 4.1mg