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Cookie Recipe: Vanilla Treasure Hunt Cookies

"These Vanilla Treasure Hunt Cookies are a new favorite for my crew. The simple, yet delicious dough is the perfect hiding place for a mint patty candy. Add a decadent drizzle of dark chocolate and these are as good as gold coins for promoting a lazy student to study!" -- Dee Wolters, winner of the 2009 Cookie Bake-Off Bonanaza

Ingredients:

1/2 cup salted butter
1/2 cup butter flavored shortening
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg-brown shelled, farm fresh if possible
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
2-1/4 cups flour
14-16 York Peppermint patties- small wrapped ones, not the big ones
8 ounces dark chocolate

Directions:

1. In a mixer beat the butter, shortening, and sugars together until light and fluffed. Beat in the egg and extract. Add the flour and baking soda and stir until fully combined. Chill for 1 hour.
2. Unwrap all candies. Grease cookie sheet and preheat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Spoon about 1-1/2 tablespoons of dough on to a floured surface and press dough into a circle about 1/4-inch thick and 3 inches in diameter. Place one mint candy in the center. Bring the sides of the circle of dough together to cover and encase the candy. Roll it in your hands to seal edges. Reapeat with remaining dough and candies. Place all cookies at least 2 inches apart on cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes until lightly golden. Allow to cool on pan.
4. In a microwave-safe bowl break chocolate into small pieces. Microwave for 30 second intervals, stir, then repeat until melted. If necessary, add 2 tablespoons of shortening. Drizzle on cookies.
5. Serve with milk or coffee for adults.

Enjoy!

Submitted by Dee Wolters

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