Cranberry Cat Kisses


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Cranberry Cat Kisses

  • November 26, 2012 - 2:49 PM

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

For cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
½ cup powdered sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract
2¼ cups flour
¾ cup finely chopped almonds
½ cup dried cranberries, finely chopped

For chocolate coating
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
Sliced almonds for decoration

To prepare cookies:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a bowl using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter until creamy, about 1 minute. Add powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add almond extract and beat until thoroughly combined. Reduce speed to low, add flour and mix until just incorporated. Stir in almonds and dried cranberries. Roll dough into 1-inch balls, place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets and bake until cookies are set but not browned, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 5 minutes before transferring cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

To prepare chocolate coating:
In a double boiler over gently simmering water (or in a microwave oven), melt chocolate chips and shortening, and whisk until combined. Dip cookies in chocolate, decorate with an almond slice and transfer to wax paper until chocolate sets.

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