I tried out this recipe for Chocolate Sweethearts from the Hannaford Fresh magazine that you get free when you spend over $25 at the store. These are just the thing for February being the month of Valentine’s Day.
Made 2 dozen cookies for me, though the recipe says 32 cookies, but it depends on the size of your cookie cutter.
1 1/2 c flour
1/2 c unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/8 tsp salt
3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) butter, cubed
1 c confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli)
1. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt.
2. In large bowl, use an electric mixer on low to cream butter until softened. With a spoon or spatula begin to stir in confectioners’ sugar, then cream on low until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add vanilla and beat to incorporate. Gradually mix in the dry ingredients on low until well blended; dough will be dry. Form dough into a ball. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic, and chill for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
4. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut into heart shapes using a 2- to 3-inch cookie cutter. Ball together excess dough and roll out again until all dough is used. Place cookies 1/2 inch apart on prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake until surface of the cookies appears dry, 10 to 12 minutes (took about 20 for me). Place baking sheets on wire racks and allow cookies to cool completely.
6. When cookies are cool, melt chocolate chips over a double boiler or in the microwave, stirring until smooth. Transfer chocolate to a zip-close plastic bag and snip one corner. Drizzle chocolate on each cookie in a zigzag pattern. Let chocolate set, about 1 hour. Store cookies in a flat container with wax paper between layers of cookies, or freeze.
I’m very happy with how these came out. They go great with a glass of milk (soy milk in my case). This was one of many recipes that I tore out of a magazine. I like acquiring recipes, but I don’t always have the ambition to try something new, especially during the week when I’m working. Hopefully, I will try a couple more recipes from my pile that I have been meaning to try while I have this week off for a vacation. Does anyone else like making a pile of recipes to try? And do you find that you don’t try them as often as you would like?