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Greek Easter Cookies
Submitted by: Barbiel
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cuo powdered sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon milk, beaten together
3 tablespoons sesame seeds
Preheat oven to 375F. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and set aside.  In a large bowl combine butter and sugar, beating until fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla and beat well after each addition.  Add flour mixture 1 cup at a time blending will after each addition.  Roll 1 teaspoon of dough on a lightly floured surface into a 6 inch rope, fold in half and twist 2 or 3 times, pinch ends together. Place 1 inch apart on 3 greased cookie sheets. Brush with egg/milk mixture. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.  Bake 10-13 minutes or until golden brown in color. Cool on rack. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Chocolate Cream Easter Eggs
Submitted by: SueW
1 package white frosting mix
5 tablespoons soft butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons hot water
1/2 cup chopped candied fruit
or 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1 package chocolate fudge frosting mix
Combine white frosting mix with soft butter, flour, water and if desired, chopped fruit or nuts. Knead 20-30 times on board lightly dusted with confectioners' sugar. Divide and shape into 8 eggs; chill. Coat eggs with Chocolate Fudge Frosting mix by dipping egg into frosting, ending with a swirl on top. Keep frosting mix over hot water while dipping the eggs. Decorate with white frosting mix tinted with pastel colors.

Black Chocolate Truffles
Submitted by: SueW
1 cup heavy cream
9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped into pieces
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar
1 cup chopped pistachios
1 cup sifted cocoa powder
1 cup chopped almonds
 
In a saucepan set over moderate heat scald the cream. Add the chocolate over moderately low heat, a little at a time, stirring, until melted and smooth. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and confectioners' sugar, a little at a time, until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and chill, covered, for 1 hour, or until firm. Have ready the coatings on separate plates. Form the chocolate into 1-inch balls and roll them in the coating of your choice, placing them on a tray in one layer. Chill, covered, until ready to serve. Servings: about 2 dozen.
Note: Will keep for up to a week in the refrigerator or in the freezer for 2 months. Store in air-tight containers.

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