Monday, February 13, 2012

Chocolate Cookies with Dipping Bar

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I love Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. I've been reading her blog since 2007 and I love watching her show on the Food Network. I think I've made something from every episode of season 2 so far. These Chocolate Cookies are from this past Saturday's chocolate episode. I thought these cookies would be perfect for my son's preschool Valentine's party. These cookies are easy to make and they are delish!
Ingredients:
2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 whole egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces white almond bark (4 squares)
4 ounces chocolate almond bark (4 squares)
Dipping Bar:
Pistachios, finely chopped
Chocolate covered candy, such as M and M's, chopped
Chocolate covered toffee bars, such as Skor Toffee Bars, chopped
Chocolate sprinkles
Other variations: different candy bars, chopped; different varieties of sprinkles; different chopped nuts
Directions:
For the cookies: Cream the butter with the powdered sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and mix to combine. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt, and mix together until the dough comes together. Place plastic wrap on the surface of the dough and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with baking mats or parchment.

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Roll out the cookie dough and cut out the cookies using a cookie cutter, re-rolling the scraps in order to use as much of the dough as possible. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 7 to 9 minutes, in batches if necessary, being careful not to burn. Cookies will remain the same general size and shape after they bake.

Remove from the oven and place the cookies on a cooling rack. Allow them to cool completely.
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Melt the almond barks in separate bowls in the microwave. Stir and continue heating at 30 minute intervals until smooth. Dip half of each cookie into the white almond bark and half into the chocolate bark.
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Immediately sprinkle or press toppings from the Dipping Bar over both sides of the cookies.
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Gently set on parchment paper or another nonstick surface and allow to cool before serving.

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