Holiday Recipes

 

Chocolate dipped almond rolls

Very impressive, very quick to make, and - best of all - very crisply delicious. Cookies can also be left flat, rather than rolling them, and drizzled with melted chocolate, if you prefer.

6 tbsp. (90 mL) butter
1/3 cup (75 mL) brown sugar
3 tbsp. (45 mL) corn syrup
3/4 cup (175 mL) finely ground almonds
1/3 cup (75 mL) all purpose flour
1 tsp. (5 mL) vanilla
1/2 cup (125 mL) semisweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. (5 mL) solid vegetable shortening (not butter or margarine)

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180° C). Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a full bubbling boil, stirring, over medium heat. Remove from heat and stir in almonds, flour and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Drop batter by scant teaspoonfuls, 3 inches (8 cm) apart onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until the cookies stop bubbling and become very slightly browned on the edges. The timing is pretty critical, so don't leave the kitchen while you have a batch in the oven. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for about two minutes. Using a thin spatula, remove one cookie from the baking sheet and place it, bottom-side-up, on a flat surface (like a cutting board). Gently roll it around a chopstick or thin piece of wooden dowel. Slide off onto a tray and repeat with the remaining cookies. You'll have to work quite quickly because as the cookies cool they will harden and become difficult to roll. (If this happens, you can slip the cookie sheet back into the oven for a minute or two to re-soften them.)
  4. When all the cookies are rolled and cooled, combine the chocolate chips with the vegetable shortening in a small bowl. Microwave on high power for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave for another 30 seconds, then stir until smooth. Dip one end of each roll into the melted chocolate, shaking off any excess. Place on a waxed paper lined tray and refrigerate until chocolate is firm.
Makes 3-1/2 to 4 dozen cookies.

How kids can help:

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Stir together the ingredients in the saucepan.

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Drop spoonfuls of batter onto the cookie sheet.

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Dip cookies into melted chocolate.
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