Nutty Chocolate Batons Recipe
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Nutty Chocolate Batons Recipe

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“The great taste of a buttery cookie combines with a touch of chocolate and the crunch of nuts. An added bonus is that these look so elegant- people will think you fussed.” —Angela Leinenbach, Mechanicsville, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:96 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 96 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond paste
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup pistachios, finely chopped and toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 39 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1/2 starch


  1. In a small bowl, cream the butter, sugar and almond paste until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk. Gradually add flour and mix well. Shape into a ball, then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. Divide dough into eight equal portions: divide each portion in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 12-in. rope; cut each rope into 2-in. lengths. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip ends of each cookie in chocolate, then in pistachios. Let stand on waxed paper until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 8 dozen.
Originally published as Nutty Chocolate Batons in Taste of Home October/November 2010, p75

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Reviewed Oct. 15, 2015

"Made these and took them to work for a snack and everyone loved them.

Mine also came out a little flat but I think I didn't roll them right. Trying new recipes prior to the holidays from Taste of Home and so far all were good..
My friend's niece wanted the recipe - she loved them."

Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"What did I do wrong??? My batons pretty much flattened out! Definitely not round! Nothing like the picture. dhnelson"

Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"This recipe is fantastic. I used chopped cashews. This is a keeper not just for Christmas."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"These cookies are fabulous! I can't make enough of them. Family and friends keep coming back into the kitchen for more. Although the pistachios look very pretty, they are a little expensive. Finely chopped walnuts looks as nice and aren't as pricey."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2011

"The cookies taste great and each time I make them, they are a big hit. Shelling the pistachios is a little time consuming, but worth it."

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