Valentine Cookies: Heart-Shaped Granola Cookie Recipe


These delicious heart-shaped Valentine cookies are the perfect February treat!

valentine cookies



They look pretty on a plate of Valentine's snacks, they taste great, and they are easy to make. You don't even have to grease the cookie sheets!

Unlike many other Valentines Day ideas, these are relatively low in sugar.




Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • brown sugar
    • honey
    • vanilla
    • whole wheat flour
    • baking soda
    • granola

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • butter
    • eggs

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • a large bowl
    • a smaller bowl
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a mixing spoon
    • a cookie sheet
    • a wire cooling rack

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a sifter (if not, use a fork to mix the flour and baking soda together thoroughly)
    • a jumbo cake and cookie lifter (if not, use a regular lifter or spatula)





    The Valentine cookies recipe

    1 cup/250 mL butter, softened

    1/4 cup/60 mL brown sugar

    1/4 cup/60 mL honey

    1 egg, beaten

    1 tsp/5 mL vanilla

    1 1/2 cups/375 mL whole wheat flour

    1 tsp/5 mL baking soda

    2 cups/500 mL granola



    Preheat oven to 375F/190C.

    In a large bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar.
    Add the honey and mix until smooth.
    Add the egg and vanilla.
    Stir to mix well.

    In a smaller bowl, sift or stir together the flour and baking soda.
    Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl.
    Stir to mix.

    Add the granola.
    Stir to mix.

    Get out a cookie sheet.

    With your hands, form a large heart shaped cookie on the cookie sheet. It can be as large as you like, and should be about 1/2 inch/1 cm thick.

    Bake until lightly browned (about 10 minutes).
    Let rest on the cookie sheet for a few minutes, then carefully remove to a wire rack to cool completely.




    Substitutions

    • Use another type of flour in place of the whole wheat.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Use your own homemade granola!

    • Instead of a heart, make the cookies in different shapes. How about a moon shape, or a simple star, or a tree?

    • You can also make regular old round cookies. Make balls of dough about the size of ping pong balls. Place them on the cookie sheet, leaving space between the balls. Flatten them with the palm of your hand.

    • Make the cookies as large or as small as you like. A jumbo cookie makes a special "I love you" gift - but smaller cookies are easier to eat.

    Tips

    • The consistency of the cookies will vary, depending on the granola that you use. I like to use a granola with small, soft pieces. Experiment until you find just the right granola for you.

    • If you make the cookies too large, they will be difficult to pick up in one piece. Consider yourself warned! (Fortunately, pieces of crumbled cookie taste just as good as whole cookies!)





    If you enjoy this Valentine cookies recipe, you may also like these other Valentine recipes:

    • Pink Valentine Dip
    • Chocolate Hearts

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