Christmas ’07 – Harlequins & Choco-mice

January 30, 2008 at 6:06 pm Leave a comment

Another Christmas cookie, and a Christmas candy, both pretty fun to make.
First it’s Two-Tone Harlequin cookies, chocolate and orange flavour.
harlequins
Two-tone Harlequins (chocolate & orange)
Recipe by Canadian Living
Chocolate dough:
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, melted
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda, salt
Variation – Orange Dough
Omit chocolate, add 1 tsbp orange zest and
1/2 tsp vanilla with the egg.

Beat butter with sugar, then beat in the egg. Stir in chocolate (or orange zest & vanilla). In separate bowl whisk together flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir into butter mixture in two additions.
The directions are a bit complicated sounding, but it’s easy. You divide each batch of dough in half (this makes enough for two big batches of cookies, I saved my extra dough in the freezer) and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then you roll the dough into logs (make sure they’re the same size) and chill for another 30 minutes. Then cut each log into quarters, and re-build two logs alternating the chocolate and orange. Chill again, and then slice the dough into about 1/8-1/4 inch slices.
Bake at 350 F for about 10 minutes.

When I first made them I was worried that they didn’t look perfect, but I think they turned out pretty well. These cookies are perfect for having with a cup of tea or hot chocolate. They’re thin and crisp with just a small hint of delicate orange flavour complimenting the chocolate.
Chocolate Mice
recipe from Canadian Living
(coming soon)
chmice

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