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Nutty Orange Spritz Strips Recipe

While living in Wisconsin years ago, I participated in an annual cookie exchange with my co-workers, and the other women raved about these. The unique recipe now holds a treasured place in our family cookbook.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + standing Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:27 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 cup ground walnuts

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluff. Beat in egg and orange peel. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with orange juice, beating well after each addition.
  • 2. Using a cookie press fitted with a bar disk, form dough into long strips on ungreased baking sheets. Cut each strip into 3-in. pieces (there is no need to separate the pieces).
  • 3. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are golden. Cut into pieces again if necessary. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 4. In microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip each end of cookies in chocolate mixture, allow excess to drip off. Roll in walnuts. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 176 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 21 mg cholesterol, 91 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.