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Mocha Macadamia Shortbread

Mocha Macadamia Shortbread Recipe

Makes about 48

Ingredients

3/4 cup (3-1/2 oz) salted macadamia nuts

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup unsalted butter, cut into half inch pieces

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

Mocha Icing (recipe follows)

Method

Place the macadamia nuts and sugar in a food
processor and pulse for about 30 seconds, or until the mixture resembles a fine
meal.
Add
the vanilla extract and butter. Process just until smooth. Add 1 1/4 cups of
the flour and
pulse just until the flour is incorporated. Stir in the remaining cup of flour
and process
just until the dough starts to form a ball.
Briefly knead the dough to fold
in any loose
crumbs. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a log about 8 inches
long on a
sheet of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Wrap the waxed paper or plastic wrap tightly
around the dough and twist the ends closed. Refrigerate.

To cook:

Peheat the oven to 350 F. Cut the chilled dough into 1/3-inch thick slices and
place 1 inch
apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake in the center of the oven for about 8
to 9 minutes,
or just until set but not brown. Let the cookies cool on
the baking sheet for a few minutes, then
transfer them to a wire rack (careful, they're fragile while they're still warm).

Glaze the cookies while still warm with mocha
icing, using a pastry brush. Store completed
cookies in an airtight container, well-wrapped these may be frozen. Separate
the cookies
with sheets of waxed paper or the icing may stick together.


Mocha Icing:

1 tablespoon instant coffee granules

3 tablespoons boiling water

4 tablespoons butter, melted

1 3/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract




Dissolve the coffee in boiling water. Whisk in the melted butter, confectioners'
sugar and
vanilla, mixing until smooth. Cover the icing with plastic wrap, with the wrap
actually
touching the icing surface, until you use the icing.
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