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Butter cookies filled with chocolate

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These tender little butter cookies with chocolate in the middle and powdered sugar on the outside are scrumptious – they will melt in your mouth. This cookie not only looks beautifully, but it tastes so good that everyone will want the recipe. Does chocolate have to be at the center of every dessert to make it truly enjoyable? Absolutely not – but it doesn’t hurt!

This is a cookie known by many names: Russian Tea Cakes, Mexican Wedding Cookies, bizcochos, etc. The dough is formed around chocolate or any other filling that would create a creamy center. There are variations galore, and you can create your own version by choosing assorted chocolates or other candies to put inside.

Although these cookies are great any time of year, they are perfect for a holiday. They just have that festive look and people love them at Christmas.

Chocolate-Filled Butter Cookie Recipe (Mexican Wedding Cookies)

Ingredients for Chocolate-filled Butter Cookies:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup powdered sugar (plus extra for coating)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup nuts of your choice, very finely chopped and toasted – walnuts or pecans work well (optional)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Chocolates (individually-sized Dove bars work perfectly) or chocolate chips

Directions for making Chocolate-filled Butter Cookies:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Beat butter until light and fluffy. Add the powdered sugar -- whip together with the butter. Add the flour, salt and nuts (if using), and cinnamon to the sugar mixture and beat until just combined. Add vanilla. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Shape the dough into 1/2” balls and flatten. Put into the center of one a few chocolate chips or a small chocolate – place another on top and seal the edges. Place 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 – 12 minutes (only until barely brown on top).

Place cookies on a rack until cool enough to handle – roll in powdered sugar. Once cooled completely, roll in powdered sugar again.

(Adapted from How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman)

Other delicious cookie recipes:

No Bake Cookie Recipe – almost like candy

Thumbprint cookie recipe – this recipe puts dulce de leche in the middle

Butterscotch Brownie Recipe – these are a wow!!

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