Here is a recipe that I created this weekend (well, I drastically changed one that I already had so I call this one my own) and it's great because there is really a minimal amount of effort for a LOT of cookies:
Chocolate Walnut Glazed Sugar Cookie Bars
1 1/4 cups walnuts, finely chopped
1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
¼ cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter
10 tablespoons solid vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg white
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 sticks butter
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 T. Cocoa powder
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease one 12 x 16-inch jellyroll baking pan, or cover pan with parchment paper sprayed with cooking spray.
In small bowl, whisk together chopped walnuts, flour, cocoa powder and salt. In medium bowl, cream together 6 T. butter, vegetable shortening and sugar. Beat in egg white and vanilla. Then blend in the dry ingredients.
Place dough in prepared pan, cover with plastic wrap and roll out to fill pan evenly. Bake until lightly browned on the edges, about 15 minutes.
Remove from oven; do not turn off oven. Let sugar cookie pan cool 5 minutes; cut into 1 x 2-inch bars. Let cool 5 minutes more.
While cookies are cooling, prepare glaze by melting butter in small saucepan over low heat. Stir in brown sugar and cocoa powder, bring mixture to a boil and boil 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in walnuts.
Pour glaze over sugar cookie sheet, spreading to cover well. Return sugar cookie sheet to oven. Bake 8 minutes more. While they are still hot, re-cut the cookies. Let cool completely in pan.
Makes about 8 dozen bars
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