We have it on pretty good authority that these are the ones to make if you want attention from a guy in a red suit,


 (a.k.a. Santa Cookies)


Makes 3 dozen.


1/4 cup butter                                                    1 3/4 cup flour

1/4 cup shortening                                             1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup sugar                                                    1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg                                                                1/2 cup milk

2 squares (2-ounces) unsweetened                   1 teaspoon vanilla

            chocolate                                             1/2 cup chopped walnuts


Preheat oven to 400 F.

Melt chocolate in top of double boiler, remove from heat and cool slightly.

Cream butter and shortening together.  Add sugar gradually.  Beat well.  Beat in the egg.  Stir in the melted and cooled chocolate.  Sift flour, soda and salt together and add alternately with the milk to the chocolate mixture.  
Stir in vanilla and chopped walnuts.
Using a kitchen teaspoon, drop rounds of mixture on an ungreased baking sheet.

Leave 2 inches between cookies.

Bake at 400 F.  for 8 to 10 minutes.

Frost with white butter-cream frosting.  (The frosting is an important part to keep Santa and the reindeer energized.)

Hint: To really make Santa happy, make a very simple buttercream icing for these cookies,  using one stick of softened butter to which you gradually add one box of "sifted", see note, or slowly poured, confectioners' sugar, vanilla extract to taste and a small amount of milk or cream until smooth and creamy.
Note:  You really do not need a sifter; just add de-lumped confectioners’ sugar by tablespoonsful gradually to the softened, beaten butter.

This recipe has been kitchen tested.  This is a Hilda Hallock recipe.  To see it along with two other very similar versions, double-click here on Chocolate-Walnut Cookie Collection.

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