Winter Birch Tree Cookies

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
2 cups Pillsbury BEST All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 package (12 oz) vanilla-flavored candy coating or almond bark, melted
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease cookie sheets. In large bowl, combine sugar and butter; beat until well blended. Add milk, vanilla and egg; beat well. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking powder and cinnamon; mix well. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. On lightly floured surface, roll balls into logs, 6 inches long. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 5 to 8 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets. Cool completely. Place melted candy coating in pie pan. Dip logs into candy coating; place on waxed paper to cool. Drizzle melted bittersweet chocolate over logs to resemble birch trees.

Note: from "Christmas Baking," a 1997 Pillsbury Classic Cookbook

Servings: 40
Servings: 1

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