Saturday, May 10, 2008

Chocolate Hearts



What does one say about a heart-shaped cookie that has tons of chocolate. That its pretty, delicious and simply irresistable.

I was having a bit of trouble shaping cookies after I incorporated the chocolate chips so I decided to make the dough and shape the cookies first, and then sprinke chocolate chips. The dough itself is simple. Soften 50 gms butter and cream it with 50 gms raw sugar. Now add a tbsp of milk and 1/4 tsp vanilla essence and beat until well mixed. Add another tbsp of milk and beat again until you get a smooth butter cream. Mix 80 gms plain flour with 2 pinches of baking soda. Add to the butter cream and mix with a light hand until you get a smooth dough.

Roll walnut sized balls of dough into cookies and flatten slightly with a fork. Or, if you like, make a flat ball slightly larger than your cookie cutter and cut into heart shapes. Any dough left over from cutting the cookie can go over to the next one. Lift with a spatula and place on a baking tray. Leave some space between cookies as they will expand a little. Sprinkle/arrange chocolate chips on the cookies, pressing slightly to attach them to the dough.

Preheat oven to 180C and bake the cookies for 12-15 minutes.

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