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Walnut Chocolate Hearts

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Makes

about 4 dozen

I've been making these cute cookies with mom since I was a little girl. They're certainly one of my favorites and very fast to make. —Maria Hull, Bartlett, Illinois
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • TOPPING:
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts

Directions

  1. In a large saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool 15 minutes. Stir in egg.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa and salt; add to butter mixture. Fold in walnuts. Cover and chill 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 3-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 9-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  5. For topping, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip half of each heart into chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off. Dip edges of dipped side into ground walnuts. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 233 calories, 15g fat (7g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 133mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (12g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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