Monday, October 10, 2005

Witch's Brooms

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These sweet-salty bewitchin' cookies are easy to make and fun to eat!

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
10 pretzel rods, about 8 1/2 inches long, cut crosswise in half
2 teaspoons shortening
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Butterscotch-flavored chips, melted

1. Heatoven to 350ºF. Mix brown sugar, butter, water and vanilla in mediumbowl. Stir in flour and salt. Shape dough into twenty 1 1/4-inch balls.
2. Place pretzel rod halves on ungreased cookie sheet. Press ball of dough ontocut end of each pretzel rod. Press dough with fork to resemble"bristles" of broom.
3. Bake about 12 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Cool completely on wire rack, about 30 minutes.
4. Covercookie sheet with waxed paper. Place brooms on waxed paper. Heat shortening and chocolate chips over low heat, stirring occasionally,until melted and smooth; remove from heat. Spoon melted chocolate overbrooms, leaving about 1 inch at top of pretzel handle and bottom halvesof cookie bristles uncovered. Drizzle with melted butterscotch chips.Let stand until chocolate is set.

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