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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

CHOCOLATE PISTACHIO HEART COOKIES

Ingredients

* 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 cup butter
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 beaten egg
* 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 3/4 cup finely chopped pistachio nuts
* 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
* 1 tablespoon shortening
* 1/2 cup ground pistachio nuts

Directions:
In a medium saucepan combine the butter and brown sugar. Heat and stir over low heat until butter is melted. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in vanilla. Cool mixture 15 minutes. Stir in beaten egg, flour, and cocoa powder until combined. Stir in the 3/4 cup pistachio nuts. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 30 minutes or until dough is easy to handle.

On a lightly floured surface, roll half of dough at a time to 1/4-inch thickness. Using a 2-inch heart-shape cookie cutter, cut out cookies. Place cookies 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 9 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

In a small heavy saucepan heat and stir chocolate pieces and shortening over low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate mixture; roll edges of cookie in ground pistachio nuts.

Makes about 48 cookies.

Nutrition Facts:
* Calories 105,
* Total Fat (g) 7,
* Saturated Fat (g) 4,
* Cholesterol (mg) 16,
* Sodium (mg) 44,
* Carbohydrate (g) 9,
* Fiber (g) 1,
* Protein (g) 2,
* Vitamin A (DV%) 42,
* Vitamin C (DV%) 1,
* Calcium (DV%) 1,
* Iron (DV%) 1,
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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