Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Hearts and Flowers Valentine's Cookies

Today is Shrove Tuesday, that means everybody in the world is making pancakes except me!  I am baking hearts and flowers Valentine cookies.


I've used this very easy Chocolate Cut Out Cookie recipe.  Here's how to make  this sweet treat for your sweethearts.

1 1/2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
pinch of salt
3/4 cup butter - softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cream together the butter and sugar.  Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.  Sift together the cocoa powder, flour and salt.  Gradually stir the dry ingredients into the creamed butter and sugar mixture to make a soft dough.   Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about two hours.


Place the chilled dough between two pieces of plastic wrap and roll it out  to about 1/8 inch thickness.  Dip your cookie cutter into a little flour before cutting out the cookies.  Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.  Be sure to leave space for the cookies to spread while baking.


Bake the cookies for about 8-10 minutes at 375F/190C.  Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before placing them on a wire rack to cool completely.  Decorate as desired!  That's for later, right now I have to tidy up this kitchen and maybe make some pancakes.  It is Shrove Tuesday, after all!


4 comments:

  1. That's interesting! Here it's the Thursday, the day carnival begins, that people make and eat pancakes!

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    1. Fascinating! The same tradition but on a different day. I wonder why.

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  2. I want this heart!! ^^ Beautiful!

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  3. Thank you! There is more work to be done before they are ready for Valentine's Day. : )

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