ADORE: Cookies

February 13, 2015

I adore making cookies.  In fact, I enjoy cooking for my husband, small groups, and large groups of people.  I love to entertain.  I think I learned this from my mom who I watched passionately create works of art with food.  
 
This Valentine’s Day, bake up these delicious treats that are sure to impress your kids, co-workers, spouse, and neighbors.  I hope you have as much fun making these as I do.
 
ingredients:
2 sticks butter 1 1/3 c sugar 1 tsp peppermint extract
red food coloring 2 eggs 2 tbsp coffee grounds
1/2 c cocoa powder 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 c flour 1 1/2 c dark chocolate chips 1 1/2 c white chocolate chips
directions: 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. Add peppermint extract.
4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the cocoa, flour, baking powder, coffee grounds, and salt.
5. Add dry mixture to wet ingredients and fold in chocolate chips.
6. Drop tablespoons of dough onto lined sheet trays and bake for 12 minutes. 

note: cookies will not look completely done. that’s normal. 

7. Let cool completely.
8. Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave

note: if chocolate gets too hot, it will burn. stirring after each 30-second interval-usually takes 2 minutes in all.  

9. Add a few drops of red food coloring until the desired pink color is achieved

note: if you add too much food coloring at one time, the chocolate will ball up, so add one drop at a time, while string.

10. scoop the pink white chocolate into a small plastic bag. snip off end and drizzle the cooled cookies with the pink white chocolate.  Make a heart, striped, or other desired design. 

note: Don’t snip too much off the corner of the bag, you want a fine stripe of white chocolate. 

I have not tried this recipe with cinnamon extract, but I imagine it would be wonderful.  Red hots are popular this time of year.  Try it, let me know how you liked it.
this recipe is adapted and modified from one of my favorite blogs: eat, live, run

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