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Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

These tender cookies are pretty to look at—and the combination of cream cheese, orange, chocolate and almonds makes them almost irresistible. —Linda Call, Falun, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
  • GLAZE:
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped blanched almonds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, sugar and salt until blended. Beat in orange zest and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in almonds.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
  • Bake until firm, 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For glaze, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with almonds. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 81 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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