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Happy Holidays!

From Betz Family Winery

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

To get into the holiday spirit, we made some chocolate-wine holiday cookies for our winemaker, Louis. Check out his "tasting notes" video.

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

In a medium bowl, whisk together oil, honey, egg white, 3/4 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons red wine until smooth (save the rest of the sugar and wine for step 4). Add to dry mixture and stir until the dough comes together. Fold in the chocolate chunks.

Place 1-1/2-teaspoon rounds of dough, 2 inches apart, onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake until set and dry on top, about 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 cup wine to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Cook until syrupy and reduced, about 7 minutes. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

With an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until fluffy and smooth. Slowly stream in the wine syrup until incorporated and smooth, scraping the bowl as needed. Transfer frosting to a resealable plastic bag or a piping bag fitted with a tip, then pipe frosting on top of cookies.

Original recipe from Shape Magazine available here.

DOWNLOAD PDF HERE

Red Wine–Chocolate Cookies

Makes: 40 cookies
Active time: 15 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 large egg white
1 cup sugar
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons red wine
1 cup dark chocolate chunks
8 oz cream cheese, softened

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At Betz Family Winery, we have a guiding philosophy behind everything we do; there is no substitute for quality. It begins in the vineyards and ends in the cellar. That’s the way we’ve crafted our wine since the first vintage back in 1997, and the way we’ll continue to do so for many more to come. Each bottle is a celebration of the Washington wine region we call home, offering a flavor that’s just as compelling and complex as it is approachable. We keep things purposeful and simple around here, and we think it shows with every sip.