Warm Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Description:

Warm Chocolate Macadamia Cookies

Ingredients:

What is Valentine's without chocolate? And what is more sexy than warm chocolate cookies...? Don't even try to answer. Just make them, and enjoy. Note: You�ll need a heart-shaped cookie cutter for this recipe.

Prepare:

- 1 cup butter
- 2/3 cup firmly packed golden brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cups coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces (or try mixture of white and dark chocolate)
- 1/2 cup ground macadamia nuts

How to Serve:

Place the butter and sugar into a saucepan and set over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until the butter melts and the sugar dissolves into the butter. Remove from heat and let cool for 15 minutes.

Pour the butter mixture into a large mixing bowl. Add the egg and vanilla, whisking vigorously. Add the flour, cocoa powder and chopped nuts. Stir until the mixture is evenly combined. Divide the dough in half and cover with plastic wrap; chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes or until the dough is stiff to the touch.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

On a lightly floured surface, roll out one half of the dough to a thickness of about 1/4 inch. Using a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the cookies and place them about 1 inch apart on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the edges begin to crisp just slightly. Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack. Let cool. Repeat with the other half of the dough.

In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the chocolate pieces over low heat. When the chocolate is thick and shiny, remove from heat. Dip one half each cookie into the melted chocolate, then dip into the ground nuts. Place on a waxed paper sheet to prevent sticking.

Makes 3 to 4 dozen cookies.

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