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Chocolate Shortcakes

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Servings: 12
Categories: Cakes / Chocolate / Desserts

2  c  Flour, all purpose
1/2  c  Sugar, granulated
1/3  c  Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1  tb  Baking powder
1  t  Baking soda
1/2  c  Butter or margarine, cold
1  c  Buttermilk OR plain low-fat
2  ts  Sugar

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease 2 cookie sheets. In a large bowl mix flour, granulated sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Cut butter in pieces. With pastry blender or 2 knives cut butter into flour mixture until coarse crumbs form. with a fork stir in buttermilk or yogurt until mixture clumps together. Divide in half. Put each on a cookie sheet in a 6-inch round. Sprinkle each with sugar. Bake one at a time 20 minutes until pick inserted in center comes out clean. cool on sheet on rack 5 minutes before removing to rack to cool completely. To Make Strawberry Shortcake: Not more than 2 hours before serving. Layer with cream and berries. Top with cream. Garnish with a whole berry. Just before serving pour on chocolate topping.

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