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Nutty Orange Spritz Strips

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
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluff. Beat in egg and orange zest. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with orange juice, beating well after each addition.
  • 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).
  • Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until edges are golden. Cut into pieces again if necessary. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 176 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 21mg cholesterol, 91mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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