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Chocolate-Nut Filled Valentine Cookies

2/3 C. shortening
2/3 C. sugar
2 eggs
2 C. flour, all-purpose
1 1/2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt

Chocolate-Nut Filling:
1/4 C. sugar
1 T. cornstarch
1/2 C. chocolate syrup
1/4 C. pecans; chopped
Hershey Kisses

Make the Chocolate-Nut Filling first, it needs to cool. Cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy; add egg, and beat well. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix well. Chill dough 2 to 4 hours. Roll out dough to 1/8” thickness on a lightly floured board. Cut half of dough into 36 circles with a 2” cookie cutter.

Using a 2” doughnut cutter, cut remaining dough into 36 circles. Place solid circles on lightly greased cookie sheets. In center of each circle, place a teaspoon of Chocolate-Nut Filling; spread almost to the edges. Top with a circle cut with doughnut cutter; seal edges with fork tines. Bake at 350° F. for 10 to 12 minutes. When cookies are almost cooled, place a Hershey’s Kiss on the top.

For Chocolate-Nut Filling:
Combine the sugar, cornstarch, chocolate syrup, and pecans and cook over low heat until thick and smooth. Cool thoroughly.

Yield: about 1 cup.


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