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Petit Écoliers

Homemade Petit Écoliers

5 from 1 vote
Also known as "the little schoolboy" cookies, petit écoliers have decadent dark chocolate paired with a buttery French biscuit for a sweet bite-sized treat.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 24 cookies


  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • ½ cup cold unsalted butter, diced
  • ½ cup confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup high quality dark chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips)


  • In a medium bowl, mix together egg, flour, sugar, vanilla and salt with a wooden spoon.
  • Cut in the cold butter with a pastry blender (or a fork - that'll just take longer). I can't emphasize enough that the butter needs to be cold - even frozen will work.
  • As this point, you'll probably need to use your hands to combine all the ingredients - if the butter starts to get melty due to the warmth of your hands, place the bowl in the fridge for a little bit until it firms up again.
  • Turn the dough out on a flat surface covered in wax paper. Set another piece of wax paper on top and use a rolling pin to flatten the dough to around ½ cm. Place flattened dough in the freezer for 1 hour.
  • While the dough is chilling, prepare the chocolate tablets. Place chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 15 seconds or so until melted and smooth. Pour melted chocolate into mold and place the mold in the fridge for an hour.
  • Remove dough from freezer and use a rectangle cookie cutter to cut out each of the biscuits. Place them back in the freezer for another 15-20 minutes and start preheating the oven to 350º F.
  • Place biscuits on a baking sheet prepared with a silicon baking mat and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges are slightly browned. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes, then move to cooling rack to cool completely.
  • When biscuits are completely cooled, remove each of the chocolate tablets from the mold. Melt a little bit more dark chocolate and add a couple drops to the center of each biscuit, then place a chocolate tablet on top.
  • Store in an airtight container, preferably in the fridge to prevent the chocolate from melting. Enjoy!


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 131IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
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