"These delectable little witch hats are chocolaty and filled with creamy almond paste. Perfect for kids, or for a grownup ghoul party." - Submitted by by Jillian Penge of Gurnee, Illinois.

Chocolate Almond Witch Hats

1 1/3 cups butter
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided use
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Almond Filling:
8 ounces marzipan
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F (175*C).
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter until soft. Stir in 1 1/4 cups flour, then add 1 1/2 cups sugar, unsweetened baking cocoa, 2 eggs, baking powder, and salt. Beat until thoroughly mixed then stir in remaining 1 1/4 cups flour. Divide the dough in half, cover and chill for about 3 hours.
  3. Roll the dough to about 1/4-inch thick then cut into 2 1/2-inch circles. Spoon almond filling into the center of each round. Shape by lifting the edges toward the center in thirds. Then pinch the three outer points together.
  4. Place about 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350*F (175*C) for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are firm.
  6. For the Almond Filling: In a small bowl, beat together marzipan, 1/4 cup sugar, 1 egg, and 1 tablespoon flour.

Makes 12 servings.

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