Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chocolate Valentine Cookies

I thought these cookies were so yummy. I rolled the dough out and used heart-shaped cookie cutters. They were a different twist to the traditional sugar dough cut-out cookies.

2 sticks of butter
1 C of packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 tsp of vanilla
2 1/4 C of flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt (don't use if you used salted butter)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 C cocoa powder

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cocoa powder in a bowl. Whisk together and set aside.

In a different bowl and with a mixer, cream together the butter and brown sugar until it's fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and mix until combined. Add flour mixture, in two or three batches, mixing well after each addition. Wrap dough in plastic or put in a zip loc bag and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place 1/2 the dough on a floured surface and let it sit 5 or 10 minutes. Roll it out to 1/4 inch thickness, cut with cookie cutters. Gather scraps and re-roll and cut again. Then repeat with the other 1/2 of dough.

Place cookies on baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes or until set, but don't let them brown. Remove from oven and let them cool completely on the cookie sheet.

Dust with powdered sugar, frost with Nutella, frost with frosting, or do nothing at all. If you have letter stencils, you could use powdered sugar and the stencils and spell out LOVE or someone's name, etc.... on the cookies.

This recipe is from thepioneerwoman.com
They were super good!!

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