I told you about my very first cookie exchange and how I had to bring 12 dozen cookies with me. Well this is the exact recipe I used. It was not only really easy make but they also taste super yummy and look really cute in your cookie jar.....well mine is a glass see through jar ;-) Not only do they taste super yummy with a glass of milk but they also go well with coffee!
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
6 drops red liquid food coloring
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
Line a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan with waxed paper; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
Divide the dough into thirds. Add almond extract and food coloring to one portion; spread evenly into prepared pan.
Add nuts to second portion; spread evenly over first layer.
Add melted chocolate to third portion; spread over second layer.
Cover with waxed paper; refrigerate overnight. **These can be made and baked on the same day. I just start early preparing the dough and then put in the freezer for about 1 hour before cutting and baking.
Preheat oven to 350F.
Unwrap dough; cut loaf in half lengthwise. Cut each portion into 1/8-in. slices. Place 1 in. apart on parchment paper lined baking sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Yield: 12 dozen.