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Nutty Chocolate Batons

“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
    8 dozen

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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 and refrigerate for 2 hours or until easy to handle.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 39 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 13mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1/2 starch.
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  • Kimsister
    Oct 1, 2016

    Cannot find almond paste anywhere!! Will almond extract work? Has anyone ever tried that?

  • BetseyWR
    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.

  • deannenelson
    Dec 10, 2013

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

  • mnorovich
    Jan 5, 2012

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

  • sincerelysandy
    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.

  • jpfjjf2
    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.

  • janmella
    Dec 18, 2011

    Finally made these 12/2011...these are great..I made several batches for gift trays. Very easy to make and tasty. Will be on my Xmas baking list every year now, and I have tons of recipes!!!

  • JudithRN3
    Jun 6, 2011

    this recipe is a keeper! I love a recipe where you can make "in stages"-made the batter, refrigerated them (for a later time), next morning baked the Batons, MW the choco chips and dipped the cookies in the choc, then the nuts. I am just going to make another batch for end-of -year school party.

  • JudithRN3
    Jun 6, 2011

    this recipe is a keeper! I love a recipe where you can make "in stages"-made the batter, refrigerated them (for a later time), next morning baked the Batons, MW the choco chips and dipped the cookies in the choc, then the nuts. I am just going to make another batch for end-of -year school party.

  • maris681
    Feb 10, 2011

    Awesome!