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Festive Shortbread Logs

 Festive Shortbread Logs
I first made these rich and tender cookies as a teenager and now make them for my husband and our two sons. The smiles on their faces are well worth the time and effort. —Michele Fenner, Girard, Pennsylvania
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 teaspoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup ground walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light
  • and fluffy. Add vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  • With lightly floured hands, shape tablespoonfuls into 2-in. logs.
  • Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for
  • 9-11 minutes or until edges and bottom are lightly browned. Cool for
  • 2-3 minutes before removing to wire racks.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Drizzle chocolate over half of the cookies. Dip one end of
  • remaining cookies into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle
  • with walnuts. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: 4
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 188 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 20 mg cholesterol, 79 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.