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Chocolate Macadamia Meltaways

 Chocolate Macadamia Meltaways
I came up with this recipe by accident one day when I wanted to make some cookies. I decided to use some ingredients already in my cupboard, and these were the delicious result. —Barbara Sepcich, Galt, California
15 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 jar (3-1/2 ounces) macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir in nuts (dough
  • will be stiff); set aside.
  • For filling, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir
  • until smooth. Stir in nuts; cool slightly. Drop by 1/2 teaspoonfuls
  • onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; cover and refrigerate for 30
  • minutes.
  • Shape teaspoonfuls of dough around each piece of chocolate-nut
  • mixture so it is completely covered. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased
  • baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Roll
  • warm cookies in confectioners' sugar; cool on wire racks. Yield:
  • 2-1/2 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 233 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 93 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein.