Chocolate Sweet Hearts | Pika Chakula

Chocolate Sweet Hearts

2013-02-06

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

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

Method:

  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 two baking sheets. Bake
    until firm and fragrant, about 8 to 10
    minutes. Transfer cookies to a
    rack to cool.

Cook’s Note

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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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Gabriel Kenney on Feb 10, 2013

    I’ve always heard that chocolate can kill dogs but never knew why. I even seen a show on animal planet where the dog drank some coffee and died of a heart attack while getting surgery at the vet. It was really sad. Can it be the caffine in these products?

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