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This cookie is a Christmas tradition started by my grandmother. She used to always mail them along with her "Minnesota Bars" (#162331). I have a note on the recipe card that it was originally a winner in Pillsbury's 1st Grand National by Miss Laura Rott of Naperville, Illinois. (One bite and you'll know why it won.) The original recipe called for one package of Rockwood Chocolate Mint Wafers. I've never been able to find them in the store so I use Andes Mint Baking Pieces. I'm sure you could also melt regular chocolate chips and add a little mint flavoring as well. I posted the "refrigerator cookie" method because I think it's easier. You can also chill dough for just two hours, then enclose chocolate in 1 tbsp. of dough. Bake according to directions. COOKING TIME INCLUDES FOUR HOURS OF CHILLING.
- Sift flour, soda, and salt.
- Cream butter and sugar well.
- Add eggs, water, and vanilla.
- Blend in dry ingredients gradually; mix thoroughly.
- Shape dough into rolls 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in wax paper. Chill at least four hours.
- Meanwhile, melt chocolate and cut into small, round wafers (the shape isn't so important -- just enough to fill the center of the cookie).
- Cut dough in slices 1/8" thick. Place on cookie sheet. Top one slice of dough with chocolate wafer. Cover with second slice and seal edges.
- Top with walnut half.
- Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes.