Sunday, February 14, 2010

Chocolate Valentine Cookies

Happy Valentine's Day! I made this today to mark the occasion and I was pleasantly surprised -- they are absolutely delicious! Very moist and soft - just the way I like cookies!

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk together the flour, cocoa, espresso powder and salt; set aside. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well combined. Add the flour mixture at low speed. Roll the dough on a lightly floured and cocoa-ed surface. Cut the cookies with a round cutter (or whatever cookie-cutter you want!)

Freeze cut cookies five minutes. Bake 8 minutes. Let cool completely.
To be festive, I iced the cookies with X's, O's, and hearts, and then sprinkled decorative sugar crystals on the icing. You can make these for any occasion and decorate them however you choose. I'm trying to think of an excuse of when to make them next!

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