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Chocolate Sweet Hearts

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These crisp, delicate cookies have less than 50 calories each. Swap in different cookie cutters for other occasions; adjust the baking time accordingly.

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  • Yield: Makes 42

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2009

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 large egg

Directions

  1. In a bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water, place chocolate, butter, and brown sugar; stir frequently until almost completely melted. Remove from heat, and stir until completely melted; let cool slightly.

  2. Add egg to chocolate mixture. With a mixer on low, beat until well blended. Gradually stir in flour mixture (dough will form a ball).

  3. Divide dough in half; roll out each half on a sheet of parchment paper to a 1/4-inch thickness. Transfer each half (still on paper) to a baking sheet; freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.

  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Working with one half at a time, flip dough onto a work surface; peel off paper. Using a 2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out cookies; place, 1/2 inch apart, on 2 baking sheets. Bake until firm and fragrant, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool.

Cook's Notes

To roll out the dough without using flour (which would mar its color), cover your work surface with parchment paper. Once the dough is frozen, you can peel off the paper and cut the cookies directly on the work surface.

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  • Jennifer Annette Sutherland
    13 NOV, 2012
    I made these cookies as a take home for a wedding shower- I used miniature dove and heart cookie cutters to make mini cookies- they turned out great and they looked really cute. The freezing of the dough is a must for this recipe. Also if you are using a stand mixer, this dough is very tough and can be hard on the mixer, so adjust your speed accordingly. I also like to make miniature's of this cookie using various animal shaped cutters and pack them as a lunch snack!
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  • waaves
    24 JUL, 2012
    the dough does get quite sticky..but once i put it in the freezer it was perfect to roll and cut out the cookies....i placed it between parchment paper and rolled it..was easier.
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  • waaves
    24 JUL, 2012
    The cookies turned out super! i got about 45 of them ......though i couldnt really melt the sugar completely but i guess thats the way it should be for cookies....the end product..Awesome!thanks for this recipe!
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  • waaves
    24 JUL, 2012
    Hi..these cookies sure look yummy..i am just trying them...i would like to know....about chocolate, sugar and butter...i have been stirring it for a long time over a sauce pan and the sugar isnt dissolving fully...what should i do? thanks.
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  • MelanieJade
    23 FEB, 2011
    (contin.) I also didn't use any flour or cocoa to roll out the dough. Probably because I left out the 4 TBSP butter. My cooking cutter was smaller, and I baked for 5 mins. They turned out soft, moist, and super chocolaty!
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  • MelanieJade
    14 FEB, 2011
    These are so delicious! I didn't have solid chocolate, so I used the substitute on the back of the cocoa box for semi-sweet chocolate. I also can't remember if I added the extra 4 TBS of butter....oh well, they are so rich and delicious and were much easier than I expected. I didn't use parchment because I don't use disposable products for cooking. I rolled the dough right on the sheet pan, chilled in the fridge (wouldn't fit in the freezer)
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  • TerryLinden
    9 FEB, 2011
    I only got 25 cookies w/ a cookie cutter measuring 2-1/2" high by 3" across. Any smaller and they would have qualified for 100 calories snacks. Baked 'em for 8 minutes and they turned out A-W-E-S-O-M-E !
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  • mykele
    8 FEB, 2011
    Ladies, FREEZE not REFRIGERATE......is it so hard to follow plain and simple instructions. I see too often in various cookie recipes comments that some do not follow basic directions to begin with and then complain about the results or ingredients amounts. Many aeem to be experienced bakers/ cooks and not in the kitchen for the first time. Common sense is a basic rule. mykele
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  • glamour
    6 FEB, 2011
    If you don't have room in your freezer then don't make these cookies. It's really about making something yummy with your family. Someone commented that she said to cut the cookies out 1/2" apart but she said to place them 1/2" apart on the cookie sheet to bake. Lighten up and enjoy! If the recipes here freak you out then don't look.
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  • glamour
    6 FEB, 2011
    Everyone should relax if they wont fit in your freezer than dont make them. Also, someone commented that she said to cut them out 1/2" apart but she tells you to place them 1/2" apart on the cookie sheet to bake them. We should have fun and bake with your family. If the recipes on this page freak you out then dont look at it or make them. These cookies are amazing!
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