Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Cookies - Love These!

I needed to make cute valentine cookies. And I needed a girls' night. Enter these:

Aren't they beautiful?! I found the idea and recipes on Annie's Eats and am so happy I did! Go check it out if you want a fun V-day activity. And these chocolate sugar cookies? Awesome.

Chocolate Sugar Cookies
from Annie's Eats

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
6 tbsp (3 oz) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder and salt; whisk to blend and set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Beat on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Blend in the egg and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix just until incorporated and no streaks remain. Form the dough into a disc, wrap tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1-2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 325˚ F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to about ¼-inch thickness. Cut out desired shapes with cookie cutters and place cut outs on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes, just until set. Let cool on the baking sheet about 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Decorate as desired.

Note – The yield of this recipe will depend on the size and shape of cookie cutter you use, so an accurate estimate is not possible.

For a tutorial on how to ice these cookies, go to Annie's Eats.