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Festive Chocolate Hearts

 Festive Chocolate Hearts
I've been making thse 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
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2-1/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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
  • Red nonpareils

Directions

  • In a saucepan, combine butter and brown sugar. Cook and stir over
  • medium-low heat until butter is melted. Remove from the heat; stir
  • in vanilla. Cool for 15 minutes. Stir in egg.
  • Combine the flour, cocoa and salt; add to butter mixture. Fold in
  • walnuts. Cover and chill for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • 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. Bake at 350° for 9-10 minutes or
  • until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • For topping, in a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening over

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Festive Chocolate Hearts (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • low heat; stir until smooth. Cool slightly. With a small spatula,
  • spread a thin layer of chocolate mixture around edges of cookies;
  • sprinkle with nonpareils. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • Yield: about 4 dozen.