Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Woven Heart Cookies


These aren't actually "woven" heart cookies.  In fact, they are really more of a patchwork cookie.  I had intended to weave them together...


...but it didn't turn out to be practical.  The dough kept breaking.  So, after cutting the pieces to match a woven heart pattern (copied off of Google images, though I'm not sure now from which site - there are a lot woven heart patterns to choose from), I ended up cutting the pieces apart...


...and piecing them back together into the checkerboard sort of pattern they would have had if they could have been woven together.


So, they aren't really woven hearts, but they are chocolate and peanut butter...you know..."two great tastes, that taste great together!"



Anyway, to make these, I experimented around, and found I could add peanut butter, and a little extra flour to our usual sugar cookie recipe to end up with peanut butter cookie dough, that could be rolled out and cut like sugar cookies.  To begin with I thought maybe I could just replace the butter with peanut butter, but then the dough (pictured in all the shots here) was too crumbly (although it baked up nicely, and tasted good).  Instead I ended up with the following.

Peanut Butter Sugar Cookies

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 stick of softened butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 and 1/4 cups of flour

and

Chocolate Sugar Cookies

1/4 cup of  unsweetened baker's cocoa
1/2 stick of softened butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 cup of flour

Mix the doughs separately, starting with the wet ingredients and the sugar.  Then, mix in the flour (and cocoa for the chocolate dough) slowly - stopping when the dough is dry enough to handle.  You might have to mix it
with your hands (rinsing often to keep the dough from sticking to your hands as you mix).  If you add all the flour and/or cocoa, and the dough still seems too sticky to roll out, place it in the fridge for a half an hour, or so, to let it firm up some, or add a little more flour, patting it in from the outside.

Roll the dough. Cut the shapes, and piece together the hearts on a greased cookie sheet.


Bake at 350° F for 13 minutes (in a preheated oven) until they just begin to brown at the edges.

Allow the cookies to cool thoroughly, before removing them from the pan to avoid breaking the pieces back apart.
 

Enjoy with a large glass of milk, and someone you love.  Sadly we were out of milk by the time the Man of the House made it home from work...which reminded us of another old, television commercial.



Apt, if not quite theologically correct.

7 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I don't like peanut butter, but your cookies are pretty!

Angelic Scalliwags said...

Oh yummy! Each year I want to do valentine activities and each year it passes. This year, though, Gary is taking his two older girls out for a valentine dinner, which they are very excited about!

Christy Killoran said...

Definitely two great tastes that taste great together! Yum! Pretty too.

I don't remember that heaven or hell commercial, but it's pretty funny.

Camie Madsen said...

Yum! My daughter loves peanut butter so I am definitely sharing this with her.

Karin Huber said...

Great design! Thanks for posting the recipe.

Ticia said...

Your posts make me wish I was a better baker. I'm not, it's like having kids removed my ability to bake cookies well. I used to bake them much better, I don't know what happened.

raventhreads said...

So pretty! I bet they were delicious!!