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Little Women, The Movie: French Chocolate Cookies

French bonbons are the ultimate sweet treat for the March sisters in Louisa May Alcott's original text, and in the new Little Women movie, in theaters on September 28, they can be seen enjoying cookies when playing together in the attic. This recipe pays homage to both.
  • Yield: 24
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1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup semisweet chocolate chunks (or chips)

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup sugar

1 large egg, plus one egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Sea salt, for garnish


  1. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl, then mix in the chocolate chunks.
  2. Using a large bowl with a stand or hand mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add the egg and the vanilla, then beat beat until creamy.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and beat together until just combined.
  4. Divide the dough in half using your hands, then roll each half into a log, about 8 inches long. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap or separate gallon-size freezer bags, and refrigerate for at least three hours.
  5. When you're ready to bake, preheat your oven to 325ºF. Slice each log into 12 rounds (about 1/2 to 3/4-inch each) and place the rounds on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or a silpat, spaced at least an inch apart. Bake for 14 to 15 minutes, or until the cookies are set on the outside, but still chewy on the inside.
  6. Sprinkle the cookies with coarse sea salt, then let them cool on the pan for about five minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.