Smoky Chocolate Crackers

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Since I’m playing hooky on this week’s TwD: Baking with Julia assignment, I thought it would be okay to post a different Dorie-centric recipe instead. In the February issue of Better Homes & Gardens, Dorie Greenspan shared several Valentine’s Day recipes from her NYC bakery, Beurre & Sel, including these smoky chocolate crackers. Chocolate crackers? And they’re somehow smoky? Well, the smoky flavor comes from the smoked paprika in the recipe, which added an unexpected but tasty layer of flavor to these chocolate snacks. These crackers are definitely out of the ordinary, but worth a try if you like to walk on the wilder side! Dorie suggests pairing them with port and a slice of cheese.

Smoky Chocolate Crackers by Dorie Greenspan
(makes approximately 50 crackers)

1 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
1/3 c. powdered sugar, sifted
3 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 c. finely chopped almonds, toasted (I left these out)

1. In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa powder, smoked paprika, and salt. Set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes. Add both sugars and beat for 2 more minutes. Reduce to low speed and add egg whites.Beat 1 minute. (The egg whites will curdle the batter, but the dough will come together when the flour mixture is added.) Still on low speed, add flour mixture and mix only until it disappears into the dough. Using a spatula, stir in chopped almonds if using.
3. Turn dough on work surface. Divide in half; shape each half into a disk. Place a disk between two sheets of parchment or wax paper; roll to a 1/4-inch thickness. Repeat with remaining disk. Freeze rolled-out dough at least 30 minutes.
4. Position oven rack in center of oven; preheat to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone baking mats.
5. Working with half the dough at a time, use a 2-inch heart-shape cookie cutter to cut as many cookies as you can. Save the scraps of dough. Place the hearts about an inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
6. Bake 6 to 8 minutes, rotating baking sheet at the halfway point. Remove from oven; cool 5 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; cool to room temperature.
7. Repeat with remaining dough, always starting with a cool baking sheet. Combine scraps of dough, shape into a disk, roll, and freeze 15 minutes. Cut and bake as above.

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67 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:49:55

    What an interesting combination. They are so pretty!

  2. Amelia
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:56:12

    Wow, so cute and beautiful. Look very addictive, Love the stack of mountain high crackers. :)

    Have a great week ahead,regards.

  3. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:01:03

    Wonderful flavors! A bit of spicy is nice with chocolate

  4. MarkD60
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:10:49

    I bet I could knock off a few dozen of these, they sound good!

  5. Geraldine Saucier
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:34:50

    These crackers look and sound wonderful:). Chocolate and paprika sounds interesting together. I need to make some of these crackers.

  6. Cher
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:34:55

    Thank you for posting this – I had read about these but had yet to find the recipe. I need to give these a try.

  7. Deepti
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:36:16

    They look perfect and very pretty with the heart shape. Paprika seems be an interesting combination!

  8. Sprout Health Lifestyle
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:39:58

    I love anything smoked. Paprika is a spice I don’t have in my kitchen. Good excuse to get it!

  9. Sara
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 11:41:15

    I should have done like you and made something else! ;) These look terrific and sound so intriguing! Very nice!

  10. My Kitchen Stories
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 13:38:35

    I absolutely love the idea of the smoked paprika . What perfect flavours for cheese, paprika and chocolate . I almost wish Id thought of it myself.

  11. hotlyspiced
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 14:19:52

    I have never had a chocolate cracker and I’ve never had chocolate with paprika. What an interesting recipe xx

  12. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 14:41:10

    these sound perfect! Love the hint of smokiness added to it. I always love the smokey flavor along chocolate

  13. Suzanne
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 14:47:22

    They are so pretty and look absolutely perfect. Chocolate pairs well with such a wide variety of spices, the smokey paprika sounds great in these. Very nice!

  14. Geni
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 15:00:46

    How unusual but does sound so good with wine and cheese.

  15. Mary
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 16:15:15

    they are gorgeous looking! the smoked paprika is a grand idea with the chocolate – fun combination!
    Mary x

  16. Cakelaw
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 16:33:26

    Yum! These flavours sound unusual but somehow right – and the little hearts are cute.

  17. Ronda
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 18:48:19

    Oh that sounds really interesting?

  18. Simply Life
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 18:55:11

    oh these crackers are so fun!!!

  19. Jenn and Seth
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 19:14:34

    these sound absolutely irresistible – such a fun combination of flavors!

  20. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 19:32:56

    Oh, what a great concept. Must try!

  21. Natalie
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 20:06:21

    How unique, I love that there is some paprika in these!

  22. juliana
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 20:20:43

    Wow, chocolate and smoked paprika…looks so cute and so exotic…
    Have a wonderful week!

  23. tracy
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 20:53:54

    I love the idea of this flavor combination. I love trying different taste combinations.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  24. Joyti
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 20:58:51

    When I saw “smoky” – I thought you’d use smoked salt – which seems to be everywhere…smoked paprika is a much more unique and delicious touch. This looks delicious!

  25. ohfishiee
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 22:05:05

    It looks great :) I have never tried chocolate with smoked paprika before..

    Latest: Dine in the Garden

  26. Three Well Beings
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 22:17:36

    I’m really pretty excited about these! I enjoy making crackers once in awhile and these are really unusual. I like the idea of pairing with cheese and port. And they’re so cute! :-)

  27. Jasline
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 22:56:27

    So pretty! Interesting flavour combination of chocolate and spice… wish I can have a bite of the cracker!

  28. Shut Up & Cook
    Feb 19, 2013 @ 23:22:27

    When I first read this I interpretted it that you were just playing hooky for a week period and I was instantly jealous! The recipe looks delicious too. :-)

  29. eatinglikeahorse
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 01:02:28

    Ooh, if only I hadn’t gien up chocolate for Lent! These look so good :-)

  30. kitchen flavours
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 04:14:46

    Sounds interesting, paprika with cocoa powder! Wish I could have a couple with a cuppa tea!

  31. Manu
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 04:59:58

    Yum! Lucky I’m not there, I’d eat them all!
    How do I follow you?!

  32. loavesandstitches
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 07:20:49

    Looks yummy! I bet these would be great as a snack, with wine, of course.

  33. TrafficDiva
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 07:20:57

    Ohh, Yummy…there you go again expanding my food world with wonderful edible treats!!! =)

  34. bakeawaywithme.com
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 07:39:29

    Ooooo…these sound wonderful! And they look beautiful!!

  35. Elaine
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 08:22:50

    I saw these in the magazine and wondered how they would taste. So glad you made them!

  36. Daniela
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 09:13:13

    These crackers look amazing and the combination of ingredients is very creative!

  37. Melolimparfaite
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:18:35

    oh this is soooo cute, my boyfriend will love it !

  38. Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:20:54

    These sound absolutely amazing – so unique!

  39. Balvinder
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 10:44:10

    Love the smoked paprika in these crackers. Will try.

  40. Inger Wilkerson
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 15:05:52

    Interesting flavor combo–and they are soooo cute!

  41. Zoe
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 17:17:41

    Smoked paprika in chocolate cookies…. sounds very interesting!

  42. SandraM
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 20:00:18

    Wow, those look and sound great! Guess we’ll let you off the hook for playing hooky. :)

  43. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Feb 20, 2013 @ 21:00:30

    This is one of the most unique combinations of flavour with the smoked paprika and chocolate. I can see why you had to give these a try!

  44. cquek
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 01:37:00

    Just divine!

  45. Corina
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 05:38:49

    These look delicious and so professional too.

  46. saucygander
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 05:42:18

    I’m intrigued by the smoked paprika! What an interesting recipe, thanks for sharing!

  47. Alice
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 07:35:13

    this seems particularly intriguing! :) great job!

  48. saffronandhoney
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 08:48:54

    These look just lovely! I tried the coffee cardamom cookies from Beurre & Sel last week so can’t wait to give these a go!

  49. Audrey Allure
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 11:38:17

    These are adorable and perfectly heart-shaped! xo

  50. Jessica
    Feb 21, 2013 @ 23:52:52

    oo these sound really unique!

    Jessica
    http://www.jumpintopuddles.com

  51. Beth
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 04:17:06

    What a unique cracker recipe! They sound delicious and look so pretty.

  52. Lara Klein
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 04:38:22

    Rattling nice style

  53. Quay Po Cooks
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 08:27:47

    Dorie’s suggestion sounds good to me and because of that, I will try to make this soon. Love that you made these crackers into heart shape.

  54. Sammie
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 12:29:07

    Aww these crackers are just adorable! You did a great job shaping and colouring them too! Happy belated valentine’s day my dear!

  55. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 13:04:27

    Yummy! These crackers are making my mouth water.

  56. Sara
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 13:46:11

    These sound really interesting…cool flavors, and love the heart cutouts! :)

  57. Ryan
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 20:37:38

    The combination of flavors sounds like it would be really yummy! I like the idea of the sweet with the smoky and they are so pretty too! I had no idea that Dorie opened a bakery in NYC!

  58. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Feb 22, 2013 @ 23:17:42

    I have a container of smoked paprika and nothing to make with it! I think these would taste fantastic with port and cheese!xx

  59. Dana @ Simply Romanesco
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 01:40:44

    Wow! What an original and creative combination of flavors! I love the smoked paprika in there :)

  60. Ameena
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 10:57:58

    So perfect looking…these look delicious!

    I will definitely be checking out Dorrie’s bakery on my next visit….

  61. Nancy/SpicieFoodie
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 16:21:00

    The name, photo and recipe have me intrigued! Definitely something to try. Thanks for sharing:)

  62. laurasmess
    Feb 23, 2013 @ 17:31:40

    Wow. That’s a really unique combination! I’ve only just discovered your blog (via a Liebster award page) and it’s gorgeous. Really inspired recipes! Thanks for sharing, you’ve got a new follower! Can’t wait to read more recipes and stories x

  63. Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen)
    Feb 24, 2013 @ 07:30:15

    How fun and delicious Chocolate and paprika together. Take care, BAM

  64. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Feb 25, 2013 @ 05:38:57

    Adding smoked paprika to cookies is such a unique idea! Very intriguing and interesting!

  65. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 09:30:17

    So interesting…I can see how they’d be fabulous with the cheese and port.

  66. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Feb 27, 2013 @ 15:30:52

    OHHHH! Smoked paprika and cocoa powder! Now that combination is a super unique!! I want to try out of the ordinary flavor!

  67. Meenakshi
    Mar 14, 2013 @ 12:41:05

    Spiced chocolate!! Yum yum. They look so pretty and perfect stacked like that. I loved this bar of Lindt chocolate with chilli so i’m sure the paprika added a lovely touch!!

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