Kia Ora all!
Valentines! A special day for telling your loved ones you love them awwwww. I’m all about it and pretty lucky because my hubby normally surprises me with something small, but thoughtful. I try not to spend any money and normally make and bake something. I saw cookies similar to these on Pinterest and decided to make my own version to share with you. So lucky hubby got an early Valentines, which mostly got munched by my two year old son! The cookie dough recipe is AWEsome! They hold their shape really well whilst cooking, but they do require chill time for best results. I like to freeze this dough. Then all you need to do is cut, chill and bake : BINGO. Helps to have some rad cookie cutters for any occasion on hand too.
Check these cool ones……
So here is the recipe and instructions. xxox
RECIPE : Chocolate Cookie dough
- 6 cups plain flour
- 1 ¼ cups cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 450 g butter softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs, cold
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- Sift the flour, cocoa and salt together.
- In another bowl, cream the butter and both sugars until pale and creamy.
- Add the eggs to the butter mixture and beat until just combined.
- Add the flour mixture and vanilla to the butter mixture and beat until well combined.
- Pick the mixture up in your clean hands and shape into a large ball.
- Cut into four equal parts approximately.
- Lay a sheet of baking paper on your bench. Place one piece of dough on, then another sheet of baking paper on top.
- With a rolling pin, roll the dough between the paper until approximately 5-10mm thick.
- Place the dough, still between the baking paper, in the fridge or freezer until very firm [fridge about 30 mins]. If freezing dough until a later date, wrap the dough sheet in plastic wrap before placing in the freezer.
- Preheat oven to 185°c
- Remove dough from fridge/freezer and cut with a large heart cookie cutter. Place cut cookies on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
- Chill again for about 15mins.
- Bake for approximately 15 minutes, until cookies have crisp edges.
NOTE : For each valentines cookie ‘box’ you will need four large heart cookies. The centre two cookies will need to have the centre cut out using a smaller heart cookie cutter. After testing two methods, I found that cutting the centre of cookie out BEFORE you baked them worked best. You can cut the centre out after they have been baked, but you risk cracks around the edges so do so with extra care.
Assembly of valentines cookie
- Mix some icing sugar [about 1 cup] with some water [about 1 tablespoon] to make icing to use as ‘glue’. Place in a piping bag with a tiny nozzle hole.
- Pipe this along the edge of one full heart cookie [bottom piece], then place a centre piece cookie on top.
- Pipe along the edge of this cookie and place the next centre cookie on top. So now you have the cookie ‘box’ made, with a large heart cookie for the lid.
- Place a tiny amount of pink food colouring in the centre of a ball of fondant icing. I used wilton gel paste colouring.
- Shape and knead the fondant in your hands until the colour has spread and the fondant is soft. I didn’t knead the colour all the way through, so it gave a marbled effect.
- Sprinkle a tiny bit of cornflour on your bench and with a rolling pin, roll out the fondant until approximately 5mm thick.
- Cut with the smaller heart cookie cutter and using the icing ‘glue’, stick to the lid cookie.
- I had these super cool letter stamps and pushed the ‘sexy’ and ‘hottie’ words into the fondant. I’m trying to remember where I got them from, but can’t sorry, eek!
- Fill your valentines cookie boxes with treats. I used pink and white mini jelly beans from the supermarket. My son happily ate the other colours in the packet!
- DA DAAAAAA! Give to your loved one!