Walnut Chocolate Hearts Recipe
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Walnut Chocolate Hearts Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 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
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1/2 cup ground walnuts

Nutritional Facts

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


  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. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Originally published as Walnut Chocolate Hearts in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2006, p185

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Reviewed Feb. 11, 2016

"I took the advice of other reviewers, and used 3/4 C. brown sugar. These are really good cookies. Will make again. I might use milk chocolate for the icing since they are not overly sweet. I questioned the fact that there was no leavening except for the egg, so I put in 1/4 tsp. baking soda to be sure they rose, but they were just fine and I think they would have been without the soda."

Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"These cookies were super easy to make and the dough was very easy to work with BUT I did not think the cookies had enough flavor and I thought they tasted dry. BUT I forgot to wait the full 15 minutes before mixing my egg in with the butter mixture and I didn't dip them in chocolate I decorated them with cherry icing."

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2014

"I'm a bit wary of trying this recipe based on reviews, but I like the idea. You can use any chocolate cookie recipe, make it heart-shaped, dip half the heart in chocolate, plus add the finely chopped nuts. Works for me!"

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2013

"Absolutely Horrible!! I wouldn't recommend to anyone to make them. I read the top comments thinking that they would turn out great... After tasting them I wen back to look if I had left an ingredient out and then read the further down comments, explaining they taste like cardboard."

Reviewed Feb. 9, 2012

"These cookies are great! I took these to a church function and got many requests for the recipe. Some reviewers commented that they were greasy...yes, but I found that once I rolled them out in the flour they were perfect. They are not that sweet, but you find that some people (like my husband and others) prefer cookies this way. I will definitely be making these again. Yum!"

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