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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Valentines Day Cookies ;

i know its a bit late to be posting for Valentines Day,
but i couldnt expose what i made until everyone that were sent cookies, received them.
anyway these lovelies have a pretty long name.
They are.... (drum roll please) *
Heart Shaped Cinnamon Short Bread Cookies Covered with Dark Chocolate, Hazelnuts, & Almonds.
whew.
yea... that didnt really fit in my title box for this entry. haha
Anyway, by the feedback given to me by the receivers;
theses were apparently a big hit!
So, not only are they yummy, these cookies look absolutely elegant as well.
Making it the perfect thoughtful Valentines Day gift~
Heart Shaped Cinnamon Short Bread Cookies Covered
with Dark Chocolate, Hazelnuts, & Almonds.
they literally just dissolve in your mouth~
To Prepare the Dough
Recipe ;
- 2 sticks unsalted butter (1cup)
- 3/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tbs vanilla extract
- 2 cups sifted all purpose flour + more for dusting
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 tbs ground cinnamon
With an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and vanilla.
Then (in low speed) slowly add in flour, cinnamon & salt,
until dough forms.
Wrap the dough and store it in the fridge for at least 2 hrs or
over night.
Handling The Dough
Once you remove the dough out of the fridge, knead until
dough is soft enough to work with.
if its too hard, then put it in the microwave for 15 seconds,
and continue to knead with hands.
Flour your table, and continue to roll out and flatten with
a rolling pin, until desired thickness.
*Reminder : these will not expand, due to the lack of
baking soda.


Cutting Out Shapes
Since it was Valentines i used my heart shaped mold,
but feel free to use any you like. Flowers, Leaf, Circles
would be lovely as well.
Be careful when handling these though, with all that butter
in the dough, these turn very soft easily. It helps to handle
them with a floured table top.
*Tip :try not to get any flour on the top of your cookies,
it will dull the look of them.


Preparing the Oven & Cookies
Lay out your cookies on an ungreased baking sheet &
Preheat your oven to 300 Degrees. 
Place them on the middle rack & bake until edges begin
to brown.
*About 15-20 mins.
Preparing the Nuts
I bought whole toasted almonds and hazel nuts.
& i roughly ran my knife through them and lightly toasted
them in a pan. i avoided buying Pre-chopped nuts, so i
could have a combination of large & small pieces to
sprinkle atop of my cookies. But feel free to mix-up your
choice of nuts & "choppiness" !
Melting The Chocolate
i used Dark Chocolate Candy melts as my dip, but
once again, use any sort of candy melts you'd like.
When my cookies were just a few minutes away from being
done, i began to melt my chocolate, by pouring them in
a bowl (deep enough to dunk half of a cookie into) &
melting them in the microwave in 15 second intervals,
while mixing in between. Once it is completely smooth &
melted, add 1 tsp of vegetable oil into the chocolate and
mix until fully combined.
(add more for thinner chocolate)
Cooling Cookies
See how pale they still are?
This is how you want your cookies to be,  just SLIGHTLY
browned around the edges.
Once theyre out of the oven, be sure to let them
cool completely before dipping.
Dipping Cookies
i dipped my cookies in sort of an angle, 
You do not need your bowl to be completely full of
chocolate to dip, just dip your cookie & move it back &
forth in the chocolate until desired area is covered.
"Nutting" Cookies
Place your dipped cookies down on a cooking rack or 
wax paper & sprinkle your chopped nuts on top.
They dont have to be perfect,
i love that home-made touch they leave behind~
Let them dry at room temperature, or pop them in the fridge
for a few minutes for quicker results.
FINISHED COOKIES!
yay!
i was able to find a clear plastic container at my local crafts
store, which i thought were perfect for these cookies.
i also bought a lacey red ribbon to tie around them as well.
when i stacked these cookies, they couldnt help but lean..
which i will remember next time to drip HALF my cookies
on the right side & the other half on the left side, hehe.
but either way these came out beautiful, and anyone who
tasted them can agree, that these were amazingly yum !
isnt it the most prettiest box of cookies youve ever seen ?
Notes in a Pill Capsul
im sure many of you havnt seen this before,
its a cutesy korean bottle of love notes.
Yes, inside these pills there are strips of paper,
that have been rolled up and tied with a small golden ring,
All contained in a single pill.  SOOooOo ADORABLEEE!
This bottle contains 31 love notes (as you can tell by the
giant 31 on the bottle) haha,
im completely in love with these, theyre such a creative
& fun way to send & receive notes !
Perfect to pair off with a pretty box of cookies.
Dont you agree? 

14 comments:

  1. good GOD, these cookies were amaaaaazing! the chocolate and nuts were delicious, and the cookies themselves had a subtle, but very well measured after taste of cinnamon to them. thanks a lot, stef! (8

    ...and haha, the pill bottle's really cute, too. i was surprised they made things like that. :p

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  2. Those cookies look wonderful!!! I love the pill bottle notes too...so cute :-)

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  3. Nice cookies! I love the idea with the pill bottle too :)! I just browsed you bento section, they look amazing...!!

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  4. beautifully dipped cookies love your yummy site too

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  5. Oh, these look wonderful! I love that it's "cinnamon" short bread and dipped in that chocolate!!!! Beautiful presentation too in those super cool boxes!

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  6. Oh these are ADORABLE! What a great gift to give or receive!

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  7. Oh my goodness those are SO cute! I love how you packaged them too. Way to go Martha Stewart!!

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  8. These cookies stole my heart. They look absolutely adorable!

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  9. Hi from Greece!! What lovely cookies!!!! They are so cute and so yummy!!! I invite you to see my foodblog!!! There is translation!
    Good evening from Thessaloniki.

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  10. Never too late to post lovely heart cookies :-)

    Lovely blog, I'll follow you, always happy to support starving artists!


    ciao
    Alessandra

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  11. Lovely valentine gift ..looks gorgeous.

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  12. Beautiful and deletable cookies.Thanks for dropping by simply.food, your visit and comments are very much appreciated.

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  13. Sinfully yummy cookies...first time here...and loved going through ur lovely space....do drop in when time permits.

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