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Walnut Chocolate Hearts

 Walnut Chocolate Hearts
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.
24 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure 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

  • 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.
  • Combine flour, cocoa and salt; add to butter mixture. Fold in
  • walnuts. Cover and chill 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • 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.
  • Bake 9-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to
  • cool.

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Walnut Chocolate Hearts (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 233 calories, 15 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 133 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.