Ground Walnut Sweethearts

IMG_6996Happy Valentines Day!!  (well, almost)–  I love, love these cookies almost as much as I love my valentine (that would be Larry).  They taste mostly of chocolate and nuts–like the best Valentine’s Day treats–thin and crispy, not too sweet.  Just right.

GROUND WALNUT SWEETHEARTS
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup ground walnuts*
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup chocolate chips

IMG_6916Mix up the flour, sugar, ground walnuts and butter with an electric mixer, until they form a solid ball (it will take a few minutes).  Then chill the dough in the fridge for an hour or more.

Roll out the dough on a floured counter and cut out cute little hearts.  Set them out on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake them up at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes, until they are golden.

When the cookies are cooled, melt the chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave.  When you take the it from the microwave, stir the chocolate until it’s shiny and smooth.  Then spoon it into a pastry bag** with a tip having a small opening and squeeze chocolate lines across the cookies.

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*I used the stick blender to grind up the walnuts, or use a regular blender or food processor.  Actually a good knife and some concentrated chopping would do the trick.
**If you don’t have a pastry bag and tips, my Sis spoons the melted chocolate into a thick zip loc bag and snips off the tiniest piece of the bottom corner to pipe the chocolate out.

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7 thoughts on “Ground Walnut Sweethearts

  1. Hi Charisma– just peeked at your blog– beautiful fruit tarts!! Yep, I love ground walnuts in cookies– we had a German friend who used a lot of ground nuts and I always loved her cookies!

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