This Chocolate Almond Heart Cookies recipe is Adorable and simple. These sweethearts are a perfect gift for friends this Valentine’s Day… that is if they even make it out of your very own kitchen.
- 2 cups unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
Add & beat together well:
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
Refrigerate dough for about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Choose cookie cutters. Roll out chocolaty cookie dough to about 1/4-inch thick using a rolling pin and powdered sugar so it doesn’t stick to the counter. Flour can be used too, but often sticks to cookies making them less than desirable so I prefer using powdered sugar.
Place cookies on parchment lined baking sheets.
Bake about 8 minutes.
Allow cookies to cool completely on a clean towel or baking rack.
Use cookie cutters to make desired shapes. Small hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day.
A lovely dough to work with.
Bake about 8-9 minutes. Don’t overbake as cookies will turn dry & crunchy instead of soft. Allow hearts to cool completely on a rack.
Royal Icing Recipe
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder or egg white powder
- 4 cups (about 1 lb.) confectioners’ sugar
- 6 tablespoons warm water
Beat all ingredients until icing forms peaks (about 7-10 minutes).
Keep all utensils completely grease-free for proper icing consistency.
Using a decorating bag, fill in the cookies with royal sugar frosting.
Add your favorite colors and designs. There is something lovely about light pink frosting that I cannot live without. Make a day in advance to allow frosting to dry properly if you will be packaging your hearts.
Give away as soon a possible to those you love, lest you eat your hearts out.