Chocolate Sugar Cookies for Valentines Day
Happy Valentine’s Day! Let this post be my contract that next year I will actually get these cookies made ahead of time so that 1) you can actually make them in time for Valentine’s day if you wish, 2) I won’t be writing this post at 11 pm when I have to get up at 4:30 for surgery tomorrow), and 3) so that I can actually get them in the mail to some people in time for the holiday. I had to laugh when I looked back at my Valentine’s post from last year and realized I stated almost the exact same thing (you’d think I’d learn to plan ahead….this is clearly a difficult concept for me).
I’ll admit that the multiple layers of royal icing that was required for these cookies was a little bit more than I had planned for, but the cookies themselves are quite easy and completely delicious. Besides, if you don’t want to go to the trouble of icing, try sprinkling powdered sugar or topping with Nutella + sprinkles. The mixture of a chocolate with a touch of cinnamon added a really nice layer of complexity to this cookie. I still think the conversation heart cookies are one of the most clever Valentine’s ideas, but you can really never have too many Valentine’s cookies, can you?
Chocolate Cutout Cookies
Makes about 18-20 large heart cut-outs
- 2-1/4 cups All-purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
- 1/4 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (I used Dutch processed)*
- 1 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
- 1 whole Large Egg
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 2 sticks (1 Cup) Unsalted Butter, Softened
- Icing, powdered sugar or Nutella for finishing
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and cocoa powder in a bowl. Whisk together and set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Add flour/cocoa mixture in two or three batches, mixing well after each addition.
Form dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
To make to cookies, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Remove dough from bag and place on a floured surface. You may need to let the dough warm up for several minutes to make rolling easier. Roll out to 1/4-inch thickness and cut with a heart cutter.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a baking mat. Bake for 12 minutes, or until set (but not browning at all.) Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Ice as desired, using royal icing, sifted powdered sugar, or Nutella (yummm).