Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Valenties Sweets

My posts have been a little sporadic lately, work has been crazy and I seem to see less of my usual life and more of my desk than usual, so my apologies! Anyway, last Friday my best friend and I got together to make Valentines sweet treats, she dipped chocolate covered strawberries and I made chocolate cut out cookies.

The strawberries were very easy and delicious, Jenn melted a bag of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave (slowly, 30 seconds at a time to avoid burning), then dipped the berries and some were then rolled in either coconut (the white) or crushed pistachios (the yellow). Then they were laid on wax paper to harden.

The chocolate cut out cookies I made were also easy, and very tasty!

Chocolate Cut-out Cookies
1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Cup (plus 2 tbsp) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/8 Tsp salt
1/4 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
3/4 Cup (1.5 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 Cup sifted Powdered Sugar
1 Large Egg, lightly beaten
1/2 Tsp Vanilla extract

1. Sift together dry ingredients in a small bowl.
2. Put butter and sugar into a bowl and cream together. Mix in egg and vanilla. Gradually add in dry ingredient mixture.
3. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill at least one hour.
4. Preheat oven to 350.
5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to desired thickness.
6. Quickly cut out cookies from dough, if it gets too soft, put it in the freezer for a few minutes.
7. Bake until crisp, for a thinner cookie (1/8 of an inch) this is about 8 minutes.
8. Decorate & Enjoy!


Reeni♥ said...

They look so pretty!! I love how you decorated them. The strawberries look delicious, too.

Tangled Noodle said...

Is that coconut on the chocolate strawberries - if so, then yummy! I love everything here and could easily inhale them.

Anonymous said...

Such yummy and adorable sweet treats!

Chef E said...

All of your inter-area friends are so lucky to be around you when you cook, if they are invited that is! You eat well as I often hear!

Hornsfan said...

Thanks Reeni - they were tasty with all the extras added (I'd never tried them that way before).
Tangled Noodle - that is absolutely coconut, it's wonderful!
5 Star - Thanks!
Chef E - Thanks, typically I try to pass of my concoctions on my friends as for some reason I can't seem to cook just enough for me all that often...but instead enough for many!

Dee said...

These are pretty. The strawberries look so wonderful with all of the garnishes. Yum!

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