Saturday, July 7, 2012

Ignored Instructors Icebox Cookies

"For Republican teachers, it's almost like we're stepchildren in NEA, and then in the Republican Party we're also stepchildren, because we're public schoolteachers, and that's not part of their focus," said Keiser, who teaches high school math in Long Beach, Calif.

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Ignored Instructors Icebox Cookies
Makes 48 cookies

These delightful cookies will gain your full attention!

1 stick butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup coarse sanding sugar

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add egg and vanilla and beat 1 minute longer.

Add combined flour, baking powder and salt, beating on low speed until just combined. 

Divide dough in half.  Melt chocolate in microwave on HIGH 1 min., stirring until completely melted. Add melted chocolate to half of the dough and mix until completely blended.  Wrap both pieces of dough in plastic and refrigerate 1 hour.

Divide dough pieces in half, creating 4 pieces, 2 plain and 2 chocolate.  Working with 1 piece at a time (keep remaining dough in refrigerator), roll each piece between 2 sheets of wax paper into a 7” square.  Place the chocolate squares on top of the plain squares (SEE NOTE).

Remove top layer of wax paper, and using bottom layer of wax paper, roll up dough into a tight pinwheel.  Roll in sanding sugar to coat outside completely.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 375°F. 

Unwrap cookie rolls and cut each into 24 slices (SEE NOTE).  Place on ungreased baking sheet 2” apart.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown on bottoms.

To easily place squares atop each other, peel back top layers of wax paper.  Grip bottom wax paper with both hands and flip chocolate dough square over plain dough square.  

To cut even slices, first cut each roll into 4 pieces.  Cut each piece in half, then each half into thirds.

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