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       Title: Hazelnut Spritz
  Categories: Cookies, Chocolate
       Yield: 1 servings
     1/2 c  Hazelnuts or filberts;
       1 c  Unsalted butter; room temp
     1/2 c  Confectioners' sugar
       1 ts Vanilla
       2 c  All-purpose flour
            Chocolate frosting:
     1/2 c  Semi-sweet chocolate chips
       2 tb Heavy cream
      Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Cover two baking
   sheets with parchment paper. A plain baking sheet need not
   be greased.
      Put the nuts into the food processor and grind them
   until very fine. In a large bowl, cream the butter, sugar
   and vanilla with an electric mixer until light. Add the
   ground nuts and flour. Mix until smooth. Put the dough into
   a cookie press with a star or ridged tip and press into
   long, narrow strips. Cut into 4-inch pieces. Shape the
   strips into rings and place on the baking sheet.  Bake for
   10 minutes, just until lightly browned. Slide baked cookies
   on the parchment off the baking sheet onto the countertop
   to cool, or place onto a wire rack to cool.
      While the cookies bake, combine the chocolate chips and
   cream in a small glass bowl. Microwave at high power 1
   minute at a time, or place over simmering water, stirring
   until melted. Dip cooled cookies in the chocolateso that
   ends are coated by 1/2-inch. Place on the parchment or on
   waxed paper to harden.
     Yield: 5 dozen cookies. BAKERS' DOZEN BEATRICE OJAKANGAS
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