1 cup blanched almonds, finely chopped
1/2 cup mixed candied fruits & peels, finely chopped
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons honey
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl combine almonds, fruits and peels; set aside. In a medium saucepan combine butter, milk, sugar and honey. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in almond mixture; stir in 1/4 cup flour (adding more if mixture is too liquid). Drop by level tablespoonfuls, at least 3 inches apart, onto a greased and floured baking sheet. (Prepare only 6 cookies at a time on a baking sheet.) Using back of spoon, spread dough to 3-inch circles. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 1 minute on baking sheet. Carefully remove with spatula to waxed paper. Cool completely. In a small saucepan melt chocolate pieces and shortening over low heat. When cookies are cooled, evenly spread bottom of each cookie with about 1 teaspoon of the chocolate mixture. When chocolate is almost set, draw wavy lines through it with tines of a fork. Store cookies, covered, in refrigerator.

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Country of Origin: Italy

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