Chocolate Hearts

Chocolate Hearts

You can also make these with any kind of cookie cutter but since today is Valentine’s day… These are crisp, densely chocolate cookies. I don’t like iced cookies so I sprinkled with fine caster sugar. Adapted from Sally’s Baking Recipes.

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (or dutch process), plus more as needed for rolling and work surface
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • super fine sugar for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Make the cookie dough: Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl using a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on high speed until completely smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix on low until combined. Dough will be soft. If the dough seems too soft and sticky for rolling, add 1 more Tablespoon of flour.
  4. Chill the dough for at least an hour.
  5. Roll the dough: Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Dust 2 large pieces of parchment paper or 2 silicone baking mats with cocoa powder (or flour). Place a dough half on each. With a rolling pin lightly dusted with cocoa powder (or flour), roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use more cocoa powder/flour if the dough seems too sticky. The rolled-out dough can be any shape, as long as it is evenly 1/4-inch thick.
  6. Preheat oven & shape cookies: Once chilled, preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Carefully remove the top dough piece from the refrigerator. Using cookie cutters, cut the dough into shapes. Re-roll the remaining dough, using more cocoa powder or flour to lightly dust your work surface and rolling pin, and continue cutting the dough until all is used. Work quickly so the dough doesn’t become too warm or soft. If it does, stop what you’re doing and place any unused dough back in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to stiffen up again. Repeat cutting into shapes with 2nd half of dough. (Note: It doesn’t seem like a lot of dough, but you get a lot of cookies from the dough scraps you re-roll.)
  7. Bake & cool: Arrange shaped cookies on baking sheets 3 inches apart. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until edges are set. If your oven has hot spots, rotate the baking sheet halfway through bake time. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before decorating.
Valentine Ginger Heart Cookies

Valentine Ginger Heart Cookies

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Happy Valentine’s Day. My husband loves ginger cookies so I like to try new recipes that I think he will like. I knew he was the ONE on our first date when we (over dinner) began talking about meals we had eaten in the past, meals we wanted to eat in the future and foods we loved. We also loved other things and running – which initially brought us together – has been great to offset the love of eating… We are still running (and eating) together after 15 years!

These are a sweet and wonderful treat to share (or not) with someone you love. They can be cut into any shape but they lend themselves to this holiday as they are a little sweet, a little spicy and nothing says love like a warm cookie!

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Ingredients

3/4 C butter
1 C packed brown sugar
1 egg
3/4 C molasses
4 C All Purpose flour
2 tsp roasted ground ginger
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp ground roasted cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp Cardamon
1/4 tsp salt
Sanding Sugar

Directions

In a large bowl of standing mixer use the paddle beater and cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.

Add egg and molasses. Combine flour, baking soda, salt and spices and gradually add to the creamed mixture.

On lightly floured board turn dough out and cut into quarters. Roll out dough to an 1/8 thickness and cut with heart shaped cookie cutter. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and sprinkle with sanding sugar.

Bake at 350 for 10 min until firm.