Chocolate Charms

Nuvita Biscuits

The dusting of cocoa on these little cookies, much like that on a chocolate truffle, may seem to promise a similar velvety interior, but the illusion is fleeting. One bite reveals the unmistakable crumbly texture of shortbread. If giving as a gift, enclose about three tablespoons of cocoa powder in a small bag, along with instructions for dusting.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, plus more for dusting
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)


  1. Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt into a bowl.
  2. Place butter in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add sugar, and beat about 2 minutes more, until very light in color and fluffy, occasionally scraping down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Add vanilla, if using. Add flour mixture, and combine on low speed, scraping with spatula if necessary, until flour is just incorporated and dough sticks together when squeezed with fingers. Form dough into a flattened disk; wrap in plastic. Chill until firm, at least 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Using a spoon, form dough into 1-inch balls; place on prepared baking sheet. Bake until firm, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating halfway through. Cool completely on wire rack. Dust with cocoa powder just before serving.


Recipe Comments

  1. posted by toast on Feb 11, 2013

    He is wearing a chocolate brown tux and the bridesmaids are wearing burnt orange dresses. What color dress should I get? Should it be long or short? The wedding is in October. Please help…

  2. posted by BRUTE on Feb 12, 2013

    I just popped open a box of the chocolate flavored and I think I have a dud. And whats this deal about teleporting marshmallows their talking about? Am I entitled to a refund?

  3. posted by evil chevy on Feb 12, 2013

    I want to send chocolate from America to England by airmail. Is it permissable to send food to another country this way?

  4. posted by Marshal on Feb 12, 2013

    So, I got my 3 close friends some really nice belgian chocolates for their Christmas presents. I want to add something else that’s small and nice, (I don’t have that much money either, so nothing too expensive)…
    Keep in mind, they are only 14, and aren’t expecting a huge magnificent thing.

    Any input is helpful!

  5. posted by Random on Mar 15, 2013

    Flowers, stuffed animals, chocolates, cards all seem redundant and unoriginal…but flowers never get old…what else that’s good?

  6. posted by Daniel on Mar 16, 2013

    I thought about jewellery cleaning cloths and I was wondering if you could think of any other simple cheap items like that, Like impulse items (eg. chocolate in the isles at a supermarket etc.) Thanks in advance for your help.
    Actually my spelling is correct, it’s the Australian version. The same as mum and mom they’re both right.

  7. posted by superdork on Mar 18, 2013

    You might think it is the best movie because of the plot. It may be the best movie because of the cooking demonstrations/scenes. It may be a really charming and romantic movie. Or….. it makes you hungry for something good.
    I am really excited about this question. I am already happy with the first three answers.
    The one you are thinking about is called “Tortilla Soup.”

  8. posted by fattiemanny on Mar 22, 2013

    Well basically their is this girl who Ive been talking to for a couple months now and we have really hit It off and since Valentines day is coming up; we are going to buy each other gifts. To be honest I don’t really care what the price is il just buy something because I like it but would it be weird to get someone who you are probably going to be in relationship a tad bit expensive gift or should I just keep it simple chocolates,juicy couture charm etc?

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