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.
- 2/3 c. shortening
- 3/4 c. sugar
Add & beat together well:
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons almond extract (can replace with 1 T. vanilla & 1 T. water)
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa – Special Dark
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350°F and roll out the chocolatey dough.
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.
Frost cookies using the Wilton royal icing recipe, using the flooding method.
Add your favorite colors and designs. There is something lovely about light pink frosting that I cannot live without. Make a few days 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.