"Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies."-John Q. Tullius
On a recent trip to San Francisco, I had the pleasure of finally making a trip to the famed and charming Miette Bakery. Among my many favorites of the colorful pastries I perused and purchased were the delightful classic French cookies: chocolate sables (recipe from the Miette book here). The delicious chocolatey shortbreads were the perfect inspiration for the fourth cookie recipe: Martha's chocolate charms. The chocolate treats using this recipe are surprisingly easy to make and have the same subtle chocolate flavor as my beloved sables.
The recipe suggests shaping the dough into balls but I opted instead to use square cookie cutters and loved the shape it provided. The recipe recommends dusting some of the unsweetened cocoa powder used in the recipe for a "velvety texture". It does give the cookie more of a truffle like feel, but to be honest, I preferred mine without the layer of cocoa powder to make it more like the sables. For some variety, set a few aside that you do not dust, and try them paired with some vanilla ice cream. It made the perfect weeknight dessert.
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