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Two-Tone Christmas Cookies

 Two-Tone Christmas Cookies
I dreamed up this recipe using two of my favorite flavors, pistachio and raspberry. These pink and green cookies are tasty and eye-catching, too. They're perfect for formal or informal gatherings, and everybody likes them.
78 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 9 drops green food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios
  • 9 drops red food coloring
  • 3 tablespoons seedless raspberry preserves
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted
  • Additional chopped pistachios, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in egg yolks and extracts. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder
  • and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  • Divide dough in half. Stir green food coloring, milk and nuts into
  • one portion; mix well. Add red food coloring and jam to the other
  • half.
  • Between two pieces of waxed paper, shape each portion into an 8-in. x

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Two-Tone Christmas Cookies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 6-in. rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise. Place one green rectangle
  • on a piece of plastic wrap. Top with one pink rectangle; press
  • together lightly. Repeat, forming a second stack. Wrap each in
  • plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove one stack from the refrigerator at a time. Unwrap dough; cut
  • in half lengthwise. Return one portion to the refrigerator. Cut
  • remaining portion into 1/8-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on
  • ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until
  • set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  • Drizzle cooled cookies with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with
  • additional pistachios if desired. Yield: 6-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 84 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 70 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.