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Chocolate Almond Macaroons

(Makes 2 dozen 2-inch cookies)

Ingredients:


Cookies:


12 oz (2 cups) Nestle Toll House Little Bits semi-sweet chocolate, divided (or any other miniature chocolate chips)
2 egg whites
8 oz almond paste
1/3 cup sifted confectioner's sugar
2 tblsp all purpose flour

Topping:


1 cup Nestle Toll House Little Bits semi-sweet chocolate (reserved from 12 ounce package used for cookies)
1 tblsp vegetable shortening
1/4 cup chopped blanched almonds

Instructions:

Cookies:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Melt over hot (NOT boiling) water, 1 cup chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Set aside. In large bowl, combine egg whites, almond paste, confectioner's sugar, and flour; beat until smooth. Blend in melted chocolate. Spoon macaroon mixture into pastry bag fitted with rosette tip. Pipe 1 3/4 inch rosettes onto foil lined cookie sheets. Bake for 25 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks.

Topping:

Combine over hot (NOT boiling) water, 3/4 cup chips and vegetable shortening; stir until morsels are melted and mixture is smooth. Drizzle each macaroon with 1/2 teaspoonful of chocolate. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chocolate chips and chopped almonds.