Valentine Treats:
Chocolate Hearts




Looking for some easy-to-make Valentine treats? Try these! The dough is easy to mix, and making the hearts is just like playing with edible playdough! This is one of my favorite Valentines Day ideas.

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This recipe has too much sugar and cocoa to be called a "healthy snack", so save it for special occasions - like Valentine's Day!

Your kids will love helping with this one. If they want to play with the dough for a while before making the cookies, go ahead and let them! Just make sure they have clean hands - and that they don't eat the raw dough. It contains raw eggs, which can be a health concern. Here is some information about raw egg safety.




Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • sugar
    • cocoa
    • whole wheat flour

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • butter
    • eggs

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • cookie sheets
    • a large bowl
    • a mixing spoon
    • measuring cups

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • silicone brush for greasing the cookie sheet





    The recipe

    1/3 cup/75 mL butter, softened

    1/2 cup/125 mL sugar

    1/2 cup/125 mL unsweetened cocoa powder

    1 egg

    1 1/2 cups/375 mL whole wheat flour

    1/4 cup/60 mL water

    Preheat the oven to 350F/180C.

    Grease some cookie sheets.

    In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar.

    Add the cocoa. Cream it into the sugary butter.

    Add the egg.
    Mix.

    Add the flour, a bit at a time.
    Use your clean hands to work it into the dough.

    Add the water.

    Mix and knead with your hands until you have a nice smooth dough.

    Take a small chunk of dough.
    On a flat surface, roll the dough into a "snake".

    Form the snake into a heart shape.
    Place on a cookie sheet.

    Repeat until you have a forest of hearts.

    Bake for 10-12 minutes.




    Substitutions

    • Use another type of flour instead of whole wheat.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Make carob hearts by substituting carob powder for the cocoa. (I haven't tried this because Valentines Day means "chocolate" in our house - but I'd love to hear how this works if you try it!

    • Make different shapes. How about making letters? You could spell out your children's names - as long as they don't have long names like Bartholemew or Alexandrietta!

    Tips

    • To soften butter, leave it at room temperature for a couple of hours. You can also melt it in the microwave on low power, or cut it into cubes and warm them in a double boiler, or in a bowl placed over a saucepan of boiling water. Watch the butter carefully, though - you want it softened, not melted.





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

    • Pink Valentine Dip
    • Valentine Cookies

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