Mendiants

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Not really a cookie, actually.  These little treats are great to whip up quickly for unexpected company because they look so fancy, yet use what you happen to have around.

Here’s a basic recipe, but feel free to experiment with types of chocolates and toppings!  I’ve used cranberries, lemon peel, pecans, almonds, and currants.  Of course I use dark chocolate, but I’ve seen milk and white versions, or you could maybe do swirls…add cinnamon or butterscotch chips, or fancier toppings, like candied flowers.  The sky’s the limit!

Mendiants

4 ounces best-quality dark chocolate

1 tablespoon green pistachio nuts

1/4 cup golden raisins

1/4 cup blanched almonds

2-ounce strips of candied orange peel

Place a sheet of acetate or waxed paper on a marble slab or other smooth, cold surface. Melt chocolate in a microwave oven or in a bowl over hot water.

Place a scant teaspoonful of melted chocolate on the sheet, and shape into a disk using the back of a spoon. Make several at a time so that the chocolate does not become too cool.

Place a pistachio, raisin, almond, and halved strip of orange peel on each disk, and leave to cool completely. The mendiants are ready when they come off the acetate or waxed paper with ease.

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