Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies – Why they came about.
Before having kids, I was a bit of a skeptic about Valentine’s Day. I felt like it was just there to make us spend money unnecessarily on unnecessary things. After becoming a mother though, my views have changed a bit. Now I’m actually really happy to have a special day to celebrate the love we express all year round. It’s also a great excuse to dole out more hugs and kisses!
Each year, we try to do Valentine crafts and homemade cards. This year, I’m teaming up with some of my favourite bloggers to bring you Handmade Valentines (You will find links to all of their fabulous ideas at the bottom of this post.) My contribution is our family Valentine tradition of making Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies.
It took a while to figure out a recipe that was tasty, could hold a heart shape and contain chocolate chips (because my kids are obsessed with chocolate chips, a trait they get from their father) but I finally did. They taste wonderful and look great, a winning combination!
Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Ingredients for heart shaped chocolate chip cookies:
– 1 cup of softened butter
– 1/2 cup of brown sugar
– 1/3 cup granulated sugar
– 2 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 egg
– 2.5 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 to 1.5 cups of chocolate chips
– red food colouring (optional)
Instructions for heart shaped chocolate chip cookies:
1. Combine the softened butter, sugars, vanilla and salt in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until it’s creamy.
2. Add the egg yolk and beat it.
3. Sift in the flour, then hand mix it with a spatula until it’s combined.
4. If you want to make it red, here is where you can add the food coloring and mix it in.
5. Then fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Split the dough into two. If you like the dough firmer to work with, cover it and refrigerate for about an hour.
7. If you’re impatient like we are, roll the dough out, not too thin.
7. Then use your cookie cutters to make heart-shapes in the dough. This is the part the kids will enjoy helping out with the most!
8. Once you’ve done the same with the second part of the dough, place the cookies on a greased sheet and bake them in a 350 degree preheated oven for 10-12 minutes.
9. After you take the cookies out, let them cool for a few minutes and then your heart shaped chocolate chip cookies will be ready to eat!
These cookies also work great as a classroom Valentine treat and even as part of an easy Homemade Valentine Card.
I’m also very excited to share with you some other wonderful Handmade Valentines ideas from bloggers that I love. Each one is different and fun!
Bianca from Bits of Bee is having fun with 10 Punny Valentine’s Day Cards for Kids.
Tairalyn from Little Miss Mama has a perfect gift for your bestie for under $10.
Jen from Mama Papa Bubba is sharing a fabulous Glow Stick Heart and Arrow Valentines that the kids will love.
Make sure to stop by and visit each of their Handmade Valentine Ideas, I promise you will love them!