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Chocolate Strawberry Bites

It’s one of my favorite days of the month – Fill the Cookie Jar posting day. Yippee! The first Thursday of the month a group of bloggers each make a cookie based on a monthly theme and post about it. This month we have Valentine’s Day cookies.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the yumminess the other bloggers came up with.fill the cookie jar

After a little comedy of errors I came up with these tasty little Chocolate Strawberry Bites which are sort of an inside out chocolate dipped strawberry. And they are so delicious, none of my taste testers suspected they were lower in fat and sugar than traditional thumbprint cookies.


chocolate strawberry thumbprint cookies

 

These cookies were inspired by a recipe in Cooking Light magazine which were originally a vanilla cookie with raspberry preserves and a lemon drizzle – but the name made me want to gag: strippers? uh, no thanks.

Originally, I intended to make a vanilla cookie tinted a little pink with some of the strawberry jam I was making then drizzled them with dark chocolate. But I made the colossal mistake of using coconut sugar in the cookie dough and jam which turned both light brown.

creamed sugar

The taste was not effected one bit, but the look was not what I was going for. So, I just flip flopped things and they became a chocolate cookie with vanilla drizzle. Which I think was easier and tastier in the long run.

I made a simple strawberry jam/preserves to reduce the sugar and because I had some strawberries that I needed to use up soon. Feel free to skip that step and use a prepared jam of your choice.

Instead of rolling out individual cookies and make an indentation in each one for the jam like most jam filled cookies, you roll these into two long snakes, make a trough for the jam then slice on the diagonal immediately after baking.

chocolate strawberry bites cut

Perfect bite sized treats!

Chocolate Strawberry Bites

Serves 24
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
Meal type Dessert
Occasion Valentines day
From magazine Cooking Light
Chocolate Strawberry Bites are a simpler and healthier thumbprint cookie. Low fat cookie, reduced sugar cookie.

Ingredients

jam

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries (sliced)

cookie

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Large egg white
  • 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

icing

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a saucepan, combine strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar mashing strawberries to release juices. Let sit for about 5 minutes. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally and crushing strawberries until thick and jam like. Remove from heat to cool.
strawberry jam
In a medium bowl, beat granulated sugar and butter with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended, 3-5 minutes. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and egg white, beat well for 1 minute.
creamed sugar
In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt, stirring well with a whisk. Add flour mixture to sugar mixture, stirring until well-blended.
dry ingredients
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Roll each portion into a 12-inch log. Place both logs 3 inches apart on a baking sheet . With the end of a wooden spoon (or finger) form a trough down the length of each log.

Spoon strawberries into the troughs of each log.
filled chocolate strawberry bites
Bake at 375° for 20 minutes. Remove logs to a cutting board.
baked chocolate strawberry bites
Combine powdered sugar, milk and extract to form a thin glaze. Drizzle sugar mixture over warm logs. Immediately cut each log diagonally into 12 slices. Do not separate slices. Let cool for 10 minutes, separate slices and cool completely.
chocolate strawberry bites cut
(Do not separate slices.) Cool 10 minutes; separate slices. Transfer slices to wire racks. Cool completely.

Until next time, happy eating.
~Audrey

 

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  1. Sandra

    Very interesting technique for rolling and slicing thanks for the tip. I agree with you about changing the name, that would be a bit much. These came out very well!

    1. Audrey

      Thanks, Sandra.

  2. Joanne/WineLady Cooks

    I love when you find a recipe which turns out to be inspiration for something more delicious. This is a great post and I just love the flavors of this cookie. Pinned/shared

  3. Cynthia

    Your “snakes” look pretty darn delicious! I love that you made the recipe your own by switching some things up. I have heard about coconut sugar, but have never tried it. I will have to give it a try.

  4. Kris ~ Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

    What a great cookie! I just bought my first bag of coconut flour, so I am glad to know to watch that it can turn the color of cookies. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  5. Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair

    Oh these look really good. I’ve seen coconut sugar lately but haven’t tried it yet.

  6. Marla

    This recipe sounds delicious. I like how you changed the recipe and made it your owe. I do that a lot with recipes . I usually use all organic ingredients. This recipe would be perfect for Valentines day. What a great treat for kids too.

  7. Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

    I love how you put your own twist on these, they look great.

  8. Winnie

    I think these are wonderful, and quite “dangerous” – as I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them!!

  9. Brittany

    Looks so delicious! I love the combo of chocolate & strawberry…yum! Thanks for linking up to the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. 🙂

  10. Crystal @ Castle View Academy

    Sometimes unintentional ‘accidents’ make amazing things! Those look delicious!

  11. nina entrekin

    Oh, my son would love these. I have a recipe for cookies but this seems quicker to make!! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Kelly @ Mum-bo-Jumbo

    How clever to roll out the mixture and cut these! I haven’t tried coconut sugar before but I’ll remember your tip that it didn’t affect the taste. (I assume coconut sugar is a healthier alternative to white sugar?) Thanks for linking up at Mum-bo Monday
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  13. Raewyn

    Oh yum! Does the drizzle dry or is it best to keep it in the fridge and cold?

    Thank you for linking up with us for Pinworthy Wednesday!
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  14. Ashley Tukiainen

    YUM!!! These look sinful! Thanks for joining us at From The Archives Friday! You have been chosen as one of our featured favorites this upcoming week!

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