There can be lots of resentment about Valentine’s Day and the commercialization that comes along with it. The boxes of chocolate and flowers are nice, but we don’t have to celebrate our loved ones with something we bought. More exciting and special is something that you made.
It could be a dinner, breakfast or perhaps a dessert. If you are single, make a fun batch of cookies and drop them off at an unexpected place, somewhere you have relationships and feel the love. In a world full of phones, computers and technology we have wi-fi but have lost connection with each other.
That old saying “you get what you give” has always been in my head. If you want to feel the love you have to give it.
Enjoy your Valentine’s and Family Day, a reminder of what is important in life. To my family you are always my number one, I love the memories we share! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Chocolate Cookie Hearts
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sifted cocoa
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
8 oz. melted white chocolate
Valentines sprinkles to decorate
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.
Whisk together flour, sifted cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir into butter mixture until combined.
Divide dough into two balls and flatten. Wrap in cellophane and rest in refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
Allow to soften at room temperature to roll flat. Roll on flour-dusted counter until about 1/8” thick. Cut into heart shape using a cutter and place on parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake in oven at 350 F until the cookie has risen and crisp and the edges are firm to the touch (about 10-12 minutes). Allow to cool.
Melt white chocolate in microwave until it is almost melted. Stir to completely melt the chocolate. Dip half of the heart into white chocolate and sprinkle on some heart sprinkles or red sprinkles while the chocolate is still soft. Allow to cool and enjoy.