Chocolate Coffee Batons


2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed to measure
1/2 cup granulated sugar
 1/2 cup lightly salted butter or margarine at room temperature
 1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon instant coffee powder
 1/2 teaspoon each salt and baking powder
 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips melted with
2 teaspoons solid vegetable shortening
 1 1/2 cups finely chopped almonds, pecans, walnuts or hazelnuts

 Put all ingredients except chocolate and nuts in the large bowl of an electric
 mixer and beat until thoroughly blended. Cover dough and chill 1 hour or
 longer until firm enough to shape. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Using rounded
 teaspoonful for each, roll dough into 3 x 1/2 inch logs and place 2 inches apart
 on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 7 minutes or til golden brown.
 Cool on wire rack. Dip ends of cookies in melted chocolate and then in chopped
 nuts. Makes about 5 dozen cookies. - Schmitty

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