martha washington balls

Martha Washington Balls

1/2 cup, one stick butter, room temperature

1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups shredded coconut, lightly packed

2 cups pecans, crushed

3 cups powdered sugar

6 cups semi sweet chocolate chips

1 block paraffin wax, broken into at least 6 pieces

1 tablespoon butter for coating hands when rolling balls

Begin beating butter and sweetened condensed milk at low speed.  Continue to beat while adding vanilla, pecans and coconut.

Slowly add powdered sugar and beat very slowly until mixture is mixed.  Mixture will be heavy and full.  Cover mixture in bowl and refrigerate overnight or until ready to roll.

With buttered hands, roll filling mixture into balls, placing balls on wax paper lined baking sheet.  Place full sheets in freezer to chill balls through.

In double boiler, melt chocolate chips and wax over low heat stirring occasionally until mixture is smooth.  Using toothpick, dip chilled balls one at a time into melted chocolate mixture.  Place balls back onto lined baking sheet twisting toothpick to remove ball.

Chill dipped balls again before layering between wax paper sheets in air tight container(s) to store.

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jam filled thumbprint cookies

Jam Filled Thumbprint Cookies

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 egg, separated

1 1/4 cup flour, sifted

3/4 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped

1/2 cup of your favorite jam or preserves

Begin by beating butter in mixing bowl.  Add sugar.  Add extracts and egg yolk and beat until light and fluffy.

Gently mix in flour.  Press dough together with hands.  Wrap in film and refrigerate several hours or overnight until firm.

Remove dough from fridge.  Beat remaining egg white lightly with fork.  Place nuts in small bowl.  Spray baking sheet with pan release.

Shape dough into small balls, dip each ball in egg white and then coat with nuts.  Place on baking sheet.  Indent each cookie in the middle with your thumb.  Place small dollop of jam or preserves in each indent.

Bake at 300 degrees for 22-24 minutes.

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