Chocolate-Dipped Peanut-Brittle Fingers
Contributed by Diane S.
Source: McCall's magazine Dec 1991

1 Basic Christmas Cookie Recipe Mix (below)
2 lg Egg yolks
1 tb Water
1/2 c Packed light-brown sugar
1/3 c Dark corn syrup
1/4 c Butter
1/4 c Heavy cream
2 c Unsalted finely chopped -dry-roasted peanuts
12 oz Semisweet chocolate
3 tb Vegetable shortening

Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 15 1/2x10 1/2x1" jelly-roll pan; line bottom
and sides with sheet of aluminum foil. Grease foil. In large bowl of
electric mixer, combine cookie mix, egg yolks and the water. At low speed,
beat just until mixture forms a crumbly dough. Pat mixture over foil on
bottom of prepared pan; bake 20 min or until dough is golden brown. Remove
pan from oven. Topping: In heavy med saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn
syrup, butter and heavy cream; over med heat, bring to boiling, stirring.
Cook, stirring constantly, until butter melts and mixture is smooth. Stir
in peanuts. Spread peanut-brittle topping mixture over cookies in pan;
bake 15 min or until topping is brown and bubbly. Remove pan from oven;
cool cookies slightly. Using ends of aluminum foil, lift cookies from pan;
cut crosswise into thirds. Cut lengthwise into 14 strips; remove cookies
from aluminum foil. Cool cookie "fingers" completely on rack. Line another
wire rack with waxed paper. In top of double boiler over hot, not boiling,
water, combine chocolate and shortening. Over low heat, cook mixture,
stirring, until chocolate and shortening are melted and mixture is smooth.
Dip each cookie finger into chocolate mixture to cover halfway; place
cookie on prepared rack to dry. Makes 42 cookies.

Basic Christmas Cookie Recipe Mix
2 c Unsifted all-purpose flour
1/4 c Sugar
1/4 t Salt
1/2 c Butter -- softened

In large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt; mix well. With pastry
blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse
cornmeal. Place in airtight container; store in refrigerator (mixture
will keep for up to 8 weeks). Bring to room temperature before using.
Recipe can be doubled or tripled.
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