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Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

 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.
72 ServingsPrep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and orange peel. Combine the flour and
  • salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in
  • almonds.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Flatten with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 325° for 20-25
  • minutes or until firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For glaze, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until

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Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • smooth. Dip each cookie halfway into chocolate; allow excess to drip
  • off. Immediately sprinkle with almonds. Place on waxed paper until
  • set. Yield: 6 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 81 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 57 mg sodium, 7 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.