Spumoni Cookies

Spumoni Cookies

1 cup margarine or butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup shopped pistachio nuts or toasted almonds
6 drops green food color
1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
2 tablespoons finely chopped maraschino cherries, drained

Mix margarine, sugar, vanilla and egg. Stir in flour and salt. Divide dough into 3 equal parts. Mix pistachio nuts and food color into 1 part. Mix chocolate into 1 part; mix cherries into remaining part. Line bottom and ends of loaf pan, 9x5x3 inches, with aluminum foil, allowing ends of foil to extend 5 inches over each end of pan. Press nut dough evenly in bottom of pan. Press chocolate dough on nut dough; press cherry dough on chocolate dough. Cover dough with extended ends of foil. Refrigerate at least 2 hours but no longer than 6 weeks.

Heat oven to 375°. Remove foil and dough from pan; remove foil. Cut dough crosswise into 1/4-inch slices; cut each slice crosswise into halves. Place about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake cookies until set, about 10 minutes. Immediately remove from cookie sheet.

Makes about 6½ dozen cookies.

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