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Sugarcoated Meltaways

I have fond memories of my parents spending days in the kitchen baking Christmas cookies. It's a tradition that my husband and I now happily carry on. —Charlotte Wright, Lebanon, Connecticut
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    3-1/2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Additional sugar


  • In a small bowl, combine orange juice and zest; set aside. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in water and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • Strain reserved orange juice. Dip cookies in juice, then roll in additional sugar. Let dry. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 93 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 41mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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