A Year of Holidays: Chocolate Valentine Cookies

A review of Chocolate Valentine Cookies from “The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays” cookbook.

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Chocolate Valentine Cookies

20190211_221206After trying Maria’s Valentine’s Day Cookies this weekend, I wasn’t super excited about trying these ones.  I mean, they’re both chocolate cookies so they couldn’t be that different, right?

Wrong. These ones were significantly better!  AND there wasn’t as much wait time between steps!

That being said, I did skip the “stencils” step because I don’t currently own any letter stencils, and after a full day of work there was no way I’m making them from scratch in my few spare hours.  Instead, I just sprinkled the powdered sugar all over.

So what’s the difference between the two?

The steps are more or less the same: mix together wet ingredients, then dry ingredients, and then combine both.  Put in fridge for an hour (Maria’s cookies required 2 hours, but I left these ones in almost as long), then roll out, cut heart shapes, and bake.

The ingredients are where this recipe differs.  This one uses brown sugar instead of white sugar, fewer eggs, more vanilla, eliminated the baking soda, and included cinnamon spice instead of cinnamon candies.

Taste: 10/1020190211_221126

We loved these!  Very unexpected after the bland chocolate cookies tested earlier in the week.

I think the brown sugar made the biggest difference here, and while I was a little put off at the idea of adding cinnamon directly into these cookies at first, it turned out to be actually delicious!  The amount of salt was perfect too, and the powdered sugar pushed this from a 9 to a 10 (trust me, I tried both ways).

20190211_221224Difficulty: Average

The dough was a little more sticky than Maria’s chocolate cookies, and therefore a bit trickier to work with.  But all in all this wasn’t too challenging at all.

Cost: Cheap

You may have all of these ingredients already!  Butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, ground cinnamon, and powdered sugar.

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