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Sue's Hidden Surprise Cookies

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Ingredients You'll Need

1/2 Cup Butter
1/4 cup Butter-flavored Shortening
1 cup Sugar
1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 large Egg
2 Egg Yolks
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
1/3 cup powdered Sugar, sifted
2 Tbs. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1 Tbs. Butter, melted
1/4 tsp. Almond Extract
Coarse Colored Sugar or Candy Sprinkles


In a mixing bowl, blend together the butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium speed setting for about half a minute. Add the sugar, baking powder, and salt, blending the mixture again, until well combined.

Beat in egg, egg yolks, and vanilla. Add the flour a little at a time, blending for as long as you can with the mixer; then, when the dough becomes too dense for the mixer, continue mixing with a wooden spoon.

Transfer 3/4 cup of the dough to a small bowl. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and melted butter. Blend well. Shape the cocoa-flavored dough into about thirty 1-inch balls.

Blend the almond extract into the remaining cookie dough. Mold about 1 tablespoon of the almond-flavored dough around each cocoa ball. Roll gently to form a smooth round ball.

Roll each ball in colored sugar or candy sprinkles as you go. Place balls 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet.

Bake in pre-heated 375-F degree oven for 10-11 minutes, or until the bottoms of the cookies are lightly browned.

Cool cookies on the baking sheet for 1 minute, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

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