Chocolate Macadamia Meltaways

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I decided to use some ingredients already in my pantry when I wanted to make some cookies, and these were the delicious result.

Chocolate Macadamia Meltaways

Total Time: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
Yield: 15 servings

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 jar (3-1/2 ounces) macadamia nuts, finely chopped

FILLING:
1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup coarsely chopped macadamia nuts
Additional confectioners’ sugar

Directions

1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Gradually add flour and mix well. Stir in nuts (dough will be stiff); set aside.

2. For filling, in a microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in nuts; cool slightly. Drop by 1/2 teaspoonfuls onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet; cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Shape teaspoonfuls of dough around each piece of chocolate-nut mixture so it is completely covered. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.

4. Bake at 375° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Roll warm cookies in confectioners’ sugar; cool on wire racks.

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