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Mocha Logs (P, TNT)
Source: My junior high home economics class (circa 1977)
Yield: 6-1/2 dozen cookies

250ml butter (1 cup)
175ml sugar (3/4 cup)
1 egg
5ml vanilla (1 tsp.)
1ml baking powder (1/4 tsp.)
550ml flour (2-1/4 cups)
30ml instant coffee (2 tbsp.)
3ml salt (1/2 tsp.)

1 square (1 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate (or more) and/or 1 square white chocolate (or more)
Finely chopped walnuts/pecans (optional)
Colored sugar
Colored sprinkles
Candy canes or mint candies, crushed
Chocolate cookie crumbs

Make Cookies:
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla.

Sift together dry ingredients. Gradually blend the dry ingredients into the creamed mixture.

Using the star plate of a cookie press, or a large piping border cake decorating tip, form 3" strips on ungreased cookie sheet. These don't spread too much. Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cookies cool.

Make Garnish and Assembly:
Meanwhile, melt your chocolate squares in separate bowls in the microwave at very low, or on defrost, one minute at a time until melted. Alternately, melt chocolate in separate dishes over simmering hot water on the stove. Be careful not to get water into the chocolate or it will seize.

Prepare a few trays with waxed or parchment paper.

When cookies are cool, carefully dip the ends (about a third of the cookie) into the melted chocolate. The cookies are fragile and you'll get a few breaking. Shake off excess, and place cookies on prepared trays. Sprinkle the melted chocolate part of the cookie with nuts or other decorations and let set in or out of the fridge. You can also let the chocolate set first, and then pipe/drizzle an alternate color of chocolate decoratively in zigzags on the cookies. Let set completely before serving.

These freeze well before decorating.

Poster's Notes:
These are great for Chanukah because you can decorate them with the appropriate colored sprinkles for the holiday (i.e., blue and white). You can get really creative with the decorating, and it doesn't have to take tons of time. We usually get about 4 trays of these going at once. As one is baking, one is cooling, and another can be getting decorated, while yet another is setting. These make lovely gifts.

Posted by Shayla Goldstein

Nutritional Info Per Serving: N/A