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Chocolate Cookies Made with Love
by Brenda Hyde
Chocolate cookies made in your own kitchen
are the perfect gift for Valentine's Day
or anniversaries. They also work
wonderfully for wedding showers or a
welcome back gift for returning
honeymooners. Light, but delicious, they
bring smiles with every bite.
3/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Chocolate Glaze (below)
In a large mixer bowl beat egg whites with
vanilla until soft peaks form (tips curl
over). Gradually add sugar, beating until
stiff peaks form (tips stand straight).
Sift cocoa powder over egg white mixture;
gently fold cocoa powder into egg white
mixture. On cookie sheet covered with
brown paper, pipe mixture through pastry
bag fitted with large star tip. Bake in a
300 degree over for 35-40 minutes. Peel
off paper; cool on wire rack. Dip one half
of each cookie in Chocolate Glaze. Place
on a waxed paper-lined cookie sheet until
chocolate hardens. Makes 36.
In saucepan melt 1/2 cup semisweet
chocolate pieces or three squares (3
ounces) semisweet chocolate and 1
cup butter or margarine
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
3 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips,
1/2 cup finely ground almonds
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tablespoons evaporated milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large
bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
Add egg and beat until smooth. Add vanilla
and chocolates, beating until smooth. Stir
in nuts. In a another bowl sift together
next four ingredients. Stir dry mixture
alternately with milk into creamed
mixture, mixing until a soft dough
On a lightly floured surface, use a
floured rolling pin to roll out dough to
1/4 inch thickness. Cut out shapes by
using a set of heart cookie cutters in
varied sizes or make your own templates
out of paper and cut around them with a
sharp knife. Transfer cookies to a greased
baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes. Cool
completely on a wire rack. Starting with
the largest size, stack two of each size
cookie together. Tie each stack with a
gold ribbon, then wrap in plastic wrap or
cellophane. Gather at the top and tie with
again with a ribbon and attach a gift
Chocolate Almond Bonbons
4 ounces sweet baking chocolate
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (3 1/2 ounce) tube almond paste
Heat oven to 350 degrees. In small
saucepan over low heat, melt chocolate in
milk, stirring occasionally until smooth.
In a large bowl, beat 1/4 cup sugar and
margarine until light and fluffy. Blend in
chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in
flour and salt;mix well. Using round
teaspoonsful of dough; shape into balls.
Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie
sheets. Make an indentation in center of
each cookie. Fill with scant 1/4 tsp.
almond paste; press dough around filling
to cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11
minutes or until set. Remove from sheets;
roll in sugar. Cool completely. Makes 4
1 cup butter
2/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 tsp. salt
In a large bowl, cream butter, sugar and
vanilla. In another bowl, combine flour,
cocoa and salt. Stir flour mixture into
butter mixture. Wrap dough in plastic wrap
and chill 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 300
degrees. Press dough into a 15 x10 x 1
inch jelly roll pan. Bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and cut out warm
shortbread in pan using a 2 inch wide
heart shaped cookie cutter. Remove cookies
from pan and cool on wire rack. Sprinkle
cookies with confectioners' sugar and
store in airtight container.
Gift Giving Notes:
Cookies may be given in decorator tins
(Victorian designs would be extra
special), or decorator cellophane bags.
You can also sew very simple tapestry bags
and gather the top with a ribbon after
inserting a plastic bag with the cookies
inside. Wicker baskets lined with antique
doilies can be used as well for a
beautiful old-fashioned look. Use gold
wire edged ribbons for the bows to add
that elegant look, or silk ribbon in
elegant colors will also work well.
About the Author:
more romantic crafts, ideas, recipes and
tips visit Brenda at OldFashionedLiving.com to
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