Phyllo Chocolate Fan Cookies

Phyllo Chocolate Fan Cookies

If you want a cookie that is really going to impress, you might want to make these Chocolate Fans. They are crisp, not too sweet, and tipped with chocolate and fine chopped nuts.

While they look difficult to make, they are actually quite easy. For starters, you don’t have to make dough. These are made with phyllo dough.

Phyllo is found in the freezer section at the grocery store. Phyllo dough (also spelled filo)  can be a little fussy. Be sure to keep extra dough covered with a damp towel so it won’t dry out and get brittle. It is best to work quickly when making these. We made these dipped in finely chopped toasted almonds. Other nuts could be used. You could also use white chocolate, if you prefer. I have even added a few sprinkles to the nuts for a pop of color.

Chocolate Fan Cookies

1 lb. phyllo dough, thawed
1 c. butter, melted
12-oz. chocolate chips
2 T. shortening- you can use coconut oil instead
1 c. finely chopped nuts or coconut, pistachios are extra nice

Remove phyllo from box, still rolled up and cut crosswise into 5-6 equal pieces.* Keep unused dough covered in a damp towel to prevent drying out. Take one piece of dough and open it up, cutting it in half crosswise. The dough pieces should end up about 3×7 inches or so. Take 1 sheet and brush very lightly with butter. Place another sheet on top and brush again with butter. Place third piece of dough on top but don’t butter again. Starting at short end begin to fold the dough in ¾ inch folds, accordion style. Pinch together at one end and fan out the dough at the other. It should look like a little fan. Place on ungreased baking sheet and repeat with remaining dough. Bake at 375 degrees for 5 minutes. Cool. Melt chocolate and shortening together in microwave or on top of double boiler. Stir to smooth. Dip tip of wide end of fans in melted chocolate and then in the nuts or coconut. Place on a rack to cool and harden. Makes about 65 fans. Can be frozen. You can also use white chocolate. Besides nuts or coconut, you can dip the fans in sprinkles or edible glitter.

*I buy frozen phyllo dough but there are two different sizes. Both are one pound boxes. One has one long roll of dough sheets. The other box has two rolls of phyllo pastry sheets. When using this size, you will cut each roll crosswise into three pieces. Directions in the original recipe above are for the longer roll of dough.

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