Dolce Mangia
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Walnut Christmas Balls
1 c walnuts
2/3 c powdered sugar, divided
1 c margarine
1 t vanilla
1 3/4 c flour
Chocolate filling (below)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In food processor, process walnuts with 2 T of sugar until finely ground; set side. In large bowl, cream butter and remaining sugar. Beat in vanilla. Add
flour, and 3/4 c of the ground walnuts; mix until blended. Roll dough into 3 dozen walnut-size balls. Place 2" apart on a ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden brown around edges. Cook completely on wire racks.

Chocolate Filling:

Chop 3 squares of semi-sweet chocolate into small pieces and place into food processor with 1/2 t vanilla. In small saucepan, heat 2 T of margarine with whipping cream over medium heat until hot; pour over chocolate. Process until chocolate is melted, turning machine off, and scraping side as needed. With machine running, gradually add 1 c powdered sugar; process until smooth.

Place generous teaspoonfuls of filling on flat side of half of the cookies. Top with remaining cookies, flat side down, forming sandwiches. Roll chocolate edges of cookies in remaining ground walnuts.

Time: 1 hour   Makes: 18

This recipe came from Treasury of Christmas by Publications International LTD.


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