Monday, December 20, 2010

Walnut Nougat Gems

Much like the Archway nougat cookies that come out at Christmas time, these nougat gems are perfectly suited to a holiday dessert tray, tea time, or anytime you want these precious cookies.

1 C. butter ($.35)
1/2 C. sugar ($.10)
1 tsp. vanilla ($.10)
1 tsp. butter or black walnut extract ($.10)
2 1/4 C. flour ($.15)
1/2 tsp. salt ($.05)
1 1/4 C. finely chopped walnuts ($.75)
1 C. powdered sugar ($.20)

Cream butter, sugar and vanilla until fluffy.
Sift flour and salt, add to creamed mixture, blending thoroughly.
Add nuts and mix well.

Shape into 1 inch balls and place on baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees about 20 minutes. Bake until barely golden - do not brown the cookies.
Cool cookies and roll gently in confectioner’s sugar.

Yield = 5 dozen
Cost: $1.80
Cost per cookie: $.03

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