I can't believe Christmas is only a number of days away! It's funny how time goes by so slow but then you turn around and WHAM it's almost 2014. As we continue on this cookie quest, I bring to you these chocolate dipped little bits of heaven. When I was little I remember just biting off all the chocolate dipped ends, but now I find myself just eating the whole thing. The cookie itself is soft and chewy with the slightest hint of lemon, the chocolate is a necessary accompaniment to this tasty cookie, and let's be honest, when is adding chocolate ever a bad idea? For the toppings I typically use crushed nuts, 2 different types of rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, shredded coconut, and Christmas themed sprinkles just to add some visual interest to cookie trays.
Lemon Cream Cheese Chocolate Dipped Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
3 oz. of cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
2 and 1/2 cups flour
1 cup finely chopped nuts (I used pecans)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp grated lemon rind
6 oz. package of dark chocolate morsels, melted over a double broiler (for dipping)
Assorted sprinkles, nuts, and shredded coconut for decorating.
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
2.Combine first three ingredients until light and fluffy in texture. Add egg yolk - beating well, stir in flour, nuts, salt, and lemon.
3.Chill dough for at least 2 hours. Form into 2" logs and bake for 12 min. When cookies are cool, dip in chocolate, then in sprinkles and/or other decorations. Store on wax paper.