Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 teaspoon orange extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (6 oz pkg) semi-sweet chocolate morsels, melted
3/4 cup finely chopped nuts of choice (pecans, almonds, walnuts)
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted (optional)
Beat butter at medium speed with electric mixer until creamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. Stir in orange rind and extract. Gradually add flour, beating well. Cover and chill 1 hour.
Divide dough in half. Cover and chill 1 portion. Divide remaining portion into 24 pieces; shape each piece into a 2 1/2 x 1/2 inch log on a lightly floured surface. Repeat procedure with reserved portion. Place cookies on baking sheets, about 2 inches apart.
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheets 3 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Dip tips of cookies in melted chocolate, and if desired, dip in chopped nuts or coconut. Place on wire racks; let stand until firm.
Southern Living Special Edition 2004