- In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and almond extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in candied pineapple, candied papaya, and any remaining flour.
- If dough is too sticky to handle, cover and chill in refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours or until easy to handle. Divide dough in half. Shape each half of dough into a 9-inch-long roll. Wrap rolls in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill about 2 hours or until firm.
- Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4-inch slices. Cut each slice in half. Place rounded sides of two halves together on an ungreased cookie sheet, forming a butterfly.
- Bake in a 375 degree F oven about 6 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool completely. In a small saucepan combine chocolate and shortening; heat and stir over low heat until melted. Cool slightly. Spoon into a small, self-sealing plastic bag; seal bag. Snip a tiny piece off one corner of the bag. Pipe a chocolate butterfly body onto each cookie. Makes 60 cookies.
From the Test Kitchen
Prepare and shape dough into logs; wrap in plastic wrap and place in a self-sealing freezer bag. Freeze up to 1 month. Thaw 4 hours in refrigerator before slicing. Bake as above. Or, bake and cool cookies as directed, but do not apply chocolate butterfly body. Place in a freezer container or bag and freeze up to 3 months. Thaw cookies about 15 minutes. Pipe chocolate butterfly body onto thawed cookies.
Nutrition Facts (Butterfly Cookies)
- Per serving:
- 56 kcal ,
- 3 g fat
- (1 g sat. fat ,
- 7 mg chol. ,
- 32 mg sodium ,
- 7 g carb. ,
- 0 g fiber ,
- 0 g pro.