We have it on pretty good authority that these are the ones to make if youwant attention from a guy in a red suit,


 (a.k.a. SantaCookies)


Makes 3 dozen.


1/4 cup butter                                                   1 3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup shortening                                             1/2teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup sugar                                                   1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg                                                               1/2 cup milk

2 squares (2-ounces) unsweetened                  1 teaspoon vanilla

           chocolate                                            1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 400° F.

Melt chocolate in top of double boiler, remove from heatand cool slightly.

Cream butter and shortening together. Add sugar gradually.  Beatwell.  Beat in the egg. Stir in the melted and cooled chocolate. Sift flour, soda and salt together and add alternately with the milk tothe chocolate mixture.  
Stir in vanilla and chopped walnuts.
Using a kitchen teaspoon, drop rounds of mixture on an ungreased baking sheet.

Leave 2 inches between cookies.

Bake at 400° F.  for8 to 10 minutes.

Frost with white butter-cream frosting. (The frosting is an important part to keep Santa and the reindeerenergized.)

Hint: To really make Santa happy, make a very simple buttercream icingfor these cookies,  using one stick of softened butter to which yougradually add one box of “sifted”, see note, or slowly poured,confectioners’ sugar, vanilla extract to taste and a small amount of milk orcream until smooth and creamy.
Note:  Youreally do not need a sifter; just add de-lumped confectioners’ sugar bytablespoonsful gradually to the softened, beaten butter.

This recipe has been kitchen tested.  This is a Hilda Hallock recipe.  To see it along with two other very similar versions, double-click here on Chocolate-Walnut Cookie Collection.

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