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chocolate heart cookies

chocolate heart cookies | photo by: Cassandra BiroccoThis recipe was adapted from the Super Natural Cooking cookbook, and simply transformed into sweet little heart shapes. I love the delicate chocolate flavor with the subtle bit of salt (if you don’t want to taste the salt at all, use half of what is called for in the recipe). The cookies are tender and slightly fragile so handle them carefully. They are perfect for gift giving (I like to make them for my friends for Valentine’s Day) and work beautifully made into just about any shape.

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg white
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour, sifted

1. Using a standing mixer or hand mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and mix again. Add cocoa powder, vanilla and egg white and mix again. Add salt and flour and mix until just combined. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. Using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll dough out until 1/2-inch thick. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut dough into shapes and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Roll out remaining dough and continue until finished. Bake for 7-10 minutes. Remove cookies and cool on a wire rack.

Makes 12-14 cookies.

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