Valentine Hearts and Cookie Dreams

 

“Me want cookie!”

11Photo from https://twitter.com/MeCookieMonster

We all know who said this – that venerable blue cookie muncher:  Cookie Monster!

Well, we love cookies too and we are working on some exciting choices for Valentine’s Day.  You’ll be able to order some pretty special cookies for the day of love this February 14 (our store will re-open from our winter break on January 29).  And cookies can be romantic – like Cookie Monster also said:

“Me like poetry….and cookies!”

In case you also want to make your own special valentine treats for your true love, we’ve gathered up 10 fun cookie ideas you can make at home for your sweetheart. Because we bake with organic ingredients and don’t use artificial flavours or colours, all these recipes can be adapted to be made with all natural ingredients.  And as a special bonus, we’ve added one more treat to our list.  Number eleven on our list isn’t cookies, but we simply had to share these chocolate treats that my son named “Superbrownies” when he was little; you know like Superman, only they’re brownies (cape optional).  We always make these brownies for Valentine’s Day.

  1. Move over cinnamon hearts! Check out these adorable heart shaped macarons flavoured with a hint (or more) of cinnamon that can be made and enjoyed the same day.12
  2. No need for conversation hearts this Valentine’s Day – check out these conversation heart COOKIES made using a cute as can be cookie stamp available from Williams Sonomoa.  Simple cookies carrying your message of love….make them with our Rolled Shortbread cookie dough for perfect heart shapes.  If you don’t have access to a cookie stamp, you can pipe the words on to the cookies using a small plain tip. 13
  3. Put a cookie on a stick.   Visit this website for terrific tips on how to bake up your heart shaped cookie lollipops and then you can decorate them a la #2.14

 

  1. Chocolate coated chocolate chip – or any kind of cookie – who doesn’t want something dunked in chocolate?  Get some tips and tricks for coating your chocolate chip cookies in more delicious chocolate right here.15
  2. Heart shaped whoopie pies are super easy when you use a special whoopee pie pan like this one or follow these instructions to whip these treats up without a special pan.

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  1. Heart shaped linzer cookies with a delicious jam centre can’t be beat.  Save those middles to make some mini heart cookies too!  Here’s a great demonstration on how to make these wonderful cookies.18
  2. Raspberry Coconut Pinwheel Cookies are very yummy and easy to make.  I’ve made these many times over the years and always get asked for the recipe.  I think my recipe originally came from Canadian Living magazine, but it is readily available from many sources.19
  3. Heart shaped meringues make a lovely Valentine gift for your sweetheart.  You can find step by step instructions for these adorable cookies here.

    Meringue Hearts

    Meringue Hearts

  4. These chocolate shortbread cookies combine our favourite – cookies – with that traditional Valentine favourite – chocolate.  Can’t go wrong there!21

 

  1. Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies are a fun variation on chocolate crinkles and their pretty colour makes them great for Valentines Day.22
  2. Superbrownies!  Okay, these are not a cookie, but they are sooooo good, I’m sure you’ll forgive the intrusion.23

Here’s Today’s Recipe

Super Chocolate Brownies

My son dubbed these "Superbrownies" when he was younger and that's just what we call them now.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz semisweet chocolate
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ¾ cup cake flour
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • 1½ cups marshmallows (cut up, preferably homemade)
  • ¾ cup chopped nuts (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter 9 x 13 inch pan and line with parchment or waxed paper.
  2. Melt the 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate and the butter together, stirring gently until thoroughly blended. Cool slightly.
  3. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla together until mixture is thick and well blended. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture.
  4. Sift or whisk together flour and baking powder and gently stir into the chocolate batter. Add marshmallows, fold in gently. Stir in nuts, if using.
  5. Spread in the pan and smooth top.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan, then remove from pan and invert on wire rack.
  7. When cool, ice brownies if desired and cut in squares. We like to ice them with a dark chocolate ganache.
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