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Walnut Chocolate Circles Cookie

Ingredients

2 sticks (1 cup) salted butter, softened

1 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of salt

1 cup walnuts, toasted and finely ground

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Vanilla Icing:

1 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-2 tablespoons milk

Hardware

Large bowl

Small bowl

Cookie sheets

Plastic wrap

Mixer

Step 1: In a large bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer set on medium-high for 30 seconds.

Step 2: Add sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Beat until combined.

Step 3: Beat in ground nuts.

Step 4: Beat in as much flour as you can with the electric mixer, then stir in remaining flour with spoon.

Step 5: Shape dough into a 2-inch-diameter log. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-24 hours or until firm enough to slice.

Step 6: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 7: Lightly grease cookie sheets.

Step 8: Cut log into 1/4-inch slices. Place slices 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheets.

Step 9: Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cookies look dry. Transfer cookies to cooling surface.

Vanilla Icing:

Step 1: In a small bowl, stir together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract, and enough milk (1-2 tablespoons) to make drizzling consistency.

Step 2: Drizzle each cookie with icing, let dry.

Makes 40 cookies.

For more information on baking procedures and hardware used in this recipe see our Baking Tips section.