Posts Tagged ‘Valentine’s Day’

Valentine’s Day Bark

In Dessert on February 14, 2011 at 8:48 am

Nothing says Valentine’s Day quite like a chocolate treat. With the stores full of everything from chocolate roses to heart shaped boxes of chocolate candies, I thought I would take a cue from them and make a chocolate Valentine’s Day treat for my co-workers. Since I had enjoyed working with chocolate so much when I made the Black and White Cookies last week, I looked for a recipe that would allow me a bit of a challenge versus just a traditional chocolate chip cookie (though there is nothing wrong with a chocolate chip cookies). I stumbled upon this recipe for Valentine’s Day Bark while surfing the Internet looking for Valentine’s Day recipes. I naturally altered it a little bit by using:

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces of red heart-shaped cinnamon candies

First, I preheated the oven to 200°F. While the oven warmed up I spread a sheet of wax paper over the bottom of a cookie sheet. I then poured the chocolate chips evenly over the cookie sheet.

24 Ounces of Chocolate Chips

Once the oven was done preheating I placed the chocolate chips in to melt for about 10 minutes, I checked them every few minutes to see how quickly they were melting.

Melted Chocolate

I sprinkled the red heart-shaped cinnamon candies evenly over the melted chocolate while it was still warm, then put it in the refrigerator to cool and harden.

Ready for the Refrigerator

Once the chocolate had cooled and hardened I broke it into pieces and placed it in tupperware to bring into work. I left it in the refrigerator, since my apartment gets warm and I didn’t want the chocolate to melt. Hope you enjoy this Valentine’s Day treat as much as I do and that everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Bark

Bon Appetit!

Black and White Cookies

In Dessert on February 11, 2011 at 10:57 am

Delicious, classic cookie with a holiday twist! I received this recipe as part of an email recipe exchange that one of my friends got me involved in. Of course black and white isn’t very Valentine’s Day-esk so I made them into black and red cookies, all I had to do was add a little food coloring. This simple recipe was easy to follow, but working with the chocolate took a fair amount of time so these are not the quickest cookies to make. They are however totally worth the time commitment. Let’s look at the ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup (light) cream
  • 7 ounces dark chocolate
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (18 ounces) package sugar cookie dough

Ingredients

I decided to make the dough from a package of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie mix, but I’m sure frozen dough would work just as well. I started by following the directions on the sugar cookie package to make the sugar cookie dough. Butter, an egg and the mix combined in a large mixing bowl.

Sugar Cookie Mix

Once the dough was completely mixed I added a lot of red food coloring, until it was completely red. Next, I poured the cream into a small pot on the stove and slowly heated it until it was warm (about 3 minutes on medium).

Warm Cream

Once the cream was warm I added the chocolate and mixed until it was completely melted.

Melting Chocolate

I then poured the chocolate into a small bowl and placed it in the refrigerator until it was cool enough to work with (about 2 hours).

Chocolate

Waiting for the chocolate to cool was the most time consuming aspect of making these cookies. But once the chocolate cooled it was smooth sailing. I started working with it by using a teaspoon to make small balls of it that would later be placed in the center of the cookies. There was enough chocolate to make close to 30 cookies.

Chocolate for the Cookies

I then separated the cookie dough into tablespoon size balls, which also yielded close to 30 servings.

Red Cookie Dough

Once everything was prepped, I poured the sugar into an empty pie pan, and set to work on the cookies. First, I pressed the chocolate into the center of the red cookie dough and smoothed the edges, then I rolled the cookies in the sugar and placed them on a cookie sheet to bake.

Cookie

The dough was then baked at 350°F for 10 minutes.

Right out of the Oven

The result was a delicious Valentine’s Day treat that I am hoping my co-workers enjoy. This was a fun twist on the classic black and white cookie that I may turn to for another holiday. I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as I do!

Bon Appetit!

Happy Valentine's Day