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Two-Tone Christmas Cookies


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Serves 78 servings | Prep Time 25 minutes + chilling | Cook Time 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
9 drops green food coloring
1 tablespoon 2% milk
1/3 cup finely chopped pistachios
9 drops red food coloring
3 tablespoons seedless raspberry preserves
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, melted
Additional chopped pistachios, optional


In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and extracts. Combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Stir green food coloring, milk and nuts into one portion; mix well. Add red food coloring and jam to the other half.



Between two pieces of waxed paper, shape each portion into an 8-in. x 6-in. rectangle. Cut in half lengthwise. Place one green rectangle on a piece of plastic wrap. Top with one pink rectangle; press together lightly. Repeat, forming a second stack. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.



Remove one stack from the refrigerator at a time. Unwrap dough; cut in half lengthwise. Return one portion to the refrigerator. Cut remaining portion into 1/8-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 375° for 7-9 minutes or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool. Repeat with the remaining dough.



Drizzle cooled cookies with melted chocolate. Sprinkle with additional pistachios if desired.


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Notes

I dreamed up this recipe using two of my favorite flavors, pistachio and raspberry. These pink and green cookies are tasty and eye-catching, too. They're perfect for formal or informal gatherings, and everybody likes them.

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