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Chocolate Cookie Bites

Photo: Beth Dreiling; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine
Prep time 10 mins
Bake time 21 mins
Cook time 13 mins
Yield Makes 2 1/2 dozen
Serve these bite-size treats with homemade Vanilla Ice Cream or your favorite vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How to Make It

  1. Place pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan.

  2. Bake at 350° for 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring once halfway through baking time.

  3. Beat 1 cup powdered sugar and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add milk and vanilla, beating until blended.

  4. Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in pecans.

  5. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, and place 1 1/2 inches apart on lightly greased baking sheets.

  6. Bake at 400° for 11 to 13 minutes or until tops of cookies just begin to crack. Cool on baking sheets 3 minutes. Remove to wire racks; dust with remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Cool 10 minutes.