Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine Heart Cookies

"Mom, I need to paint a red heart and make some heart cookies", for whom I asked. "For My daddy for Balentime's day....",  and so we baked some cookies and it had to be black because daddy favourite color is Black.

Years just fly by, my little one is growing up so fast, she is so involved in baking and making neat little crafts.  She made a pretty card for dad and cookies and proclaimed, "I made this for you dad, with a little help from mom." This year valentines day is all about her. She wore a pretty pink outfit and admired herself in the mirror. 

We decided on simple chocolate cookies. These cookies are so easy to make and can be cut into any shape you like. 

Recipe : Martha Stewart

What you need:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into pieces
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 large egg

How I made:
In a bowl, mix together flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
In a double boiler, place chocolate, butter, and brown sugar, stir frequently until all the ingredients melt. If the sugar doesn't dissolve completely don't worry about it. Remove from heat, and stir until it gets smooth and shiny,  let cool slightly.

Add egg to the cooled chocolate mixture (don't add when the chocolate is hot unless you plan on making scrambled chocolate egg ) and blend it well. Gradually stir in flour mixture. The dough will form a ball.

Divide dough in half and roll out each half by placing the dough in between two sheets of parchment paper to about 1/4-inch thickness. Transfer each half (still on the paper) to a baking sheet, freeze until firm. I left it overnight but you could get done in 20 minutes too.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take out one sheet of rolled out dough peel off th etop layer of parchment paper. Using a  heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out the cookies, place on baking sheet  1/2 inch apart. Follow the same with remaining sheet. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a rack to cool. Enjoy

Other recipes for valentines day:
Chocolate dipped strawberry
Chocolate cups with berries

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