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Monday, December 08, 2014

Chestnuts Roasting

Chestnuts are a decadent addition to both sweet and savory dishes during the holidays, and they even work in cookies, too! Sweetened chestnut puree gives these buttery, flaky wafers all the sugar they need, and bittersweet chocolate provides a nice balance:

chestnut chocolate wafer cookies


Chestnut-Chocolate Wafers

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sweetened chestnut puree (creme de marrons)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate (about 4 oz.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, cream butter and chestnut puree together until smooth, then stir in salt. Blend in flour, then add chopped chocolate and mix until combined. Divide the dough in half, flatten into discs and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Chill for about 30 minutes, or until the dough is firm enough to work (but not chilled solid). Roll out dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thick and cut into shapes using 2-2 1/2 inch cutters. Re-roll scraps, dusting with flour as needed, and continue to cut shapes until the dough is gone. Place the wafers on lined baking sheets, prick them lightly with a fork a few times and chill 5-10 minutes, then bake for about 12 minutes, or until the wafers are evenly golden around the edges and along the bottoms. Remove and let wafers cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

Notes: Chestnut puree can be found in specialty food stores, purchased online, or made at home! If you prefer, use semi-sweet or milk chocolate in place of the bittersweet chocolate. You can also add a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or a 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, if desired.

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4 comments:

  1. I love this recipe! Thank you for posting it! I can't wait to make these!

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  2. How did I miss this one?? It's right up my alley: chestnuts and dark chocolate- YUM!

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    1. Definitely one of my favorite and most successful "experiments" in the kitchen!!!

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