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Dessert: Chocolate Christmas Trees -

Chocolate Christmas Trees

Recipe Ingredients:

2ozsemi-sweet chocolate
1 1/2cupall purpose flour
1tspbaking powder
1/4tspbaking soda
1/2cupbutter, softened
1cupgranulated sugar
colored dragees

Recipe Instructions:

1.   Preheat oven to 375F. Heat chocolate in microwave for 2-3 minutes on medium power. When almost melted remove from heat and stir and set aside to cool.
2.   In a small bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with a mixer until fluffy.
3.   Beat eggs and vanilla into butter mixture. Add melted chocolate and stir until well blended. Add flour mixture to butter mixture a little at a time and mix well.
4.   Wrap dough in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Roll dough to 1/8" thickness and cut out cookies with tree shaped cookie cutter.
5.   Place cookie on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 7-10 minutes or until light brown. Decorate. Using frosting pipe on white trim, make small dots of white icing to "glue" dragees on to the cookies. Makes about 3 dozen.
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