Sesame Pecan Wafers
Delicate, crisp sesame pecan wafer cut-outs, decoratively drizzled with chocolate.
1 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup ground pecans or almonds
2 ounces semisweet chocolate
1/2 teaspoon vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine, spread or oil)
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the sugar and vanilla; beat until fluffy.
- Stir in the flour, sesame seeds and ground nuts.
- Divide dough in half. If dough is too sticky to handle, wrap each half in waxed paper or plastic wrap and chill about 1 hour or until easy to handle.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each half of the dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Using 2-inch cookie cutter, cut dough into desired shapes. Place cookies about 1-inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake in a 375°F (190°C) oven for 7 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.
- In a heavy small saucepan, combine the semisweet chocolate and shortening. Heat over low heat until melted, stirring occasionally.
- Drizzle chocolate mixture over cookies in a decorative manner. Let cookies stand until chocolate is set.
Makes 4 1/2 dozen cookies.