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Orange-Almond Chocolate Logs

 Orange-Almond Chocolate Logs
A sure hit for the holidays, these lovely logs from our Test Kitchen staff feature the can't-beat combination of almond, orange and chocolate.
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup almond paste
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange peel, divided
  • 9 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons coarse sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • In a small bowl, cream the butter, almond paste and 1/2 teaspoon
  • orange peel until light and fluffy. In a microwave, melt white
  • baking chocolate; stir until smooth. Gradually add to creamed
  • mixture. Slowly stir in orange juice. Beat until smooth. Cover and
  • refrigerate for 20 minutes or until easy to handle, stirring
  • occasionally.
  • Shape into 2-in. logs; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Loosely cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm. Combine
  • coarse sugar and remaining orange peel; set aside.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Dip logs in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on
  • waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Sprinkle with sugar mixture. Let
  • stand until firm. Yield: 2 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 182 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 9 mg cholesterol, 29 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.