Sunday, February 12, 2012

Chocolate-Almond Layered Hearts Recipe

It's all about the heart this week so here's my pick for cookies. When it comes to baking cookies for a special day, special friend or special get-together; I have always favored the look of layered cookies. I really love the 2 and 3 dimension they have & how beautiful they look without spending all day painting with icing. Another reason why I like these is because you very seldom see layered cookies in stores. Because of this it makes the gift that-much-more-special. Here's a good example of a layered cookie by Pillsbury.

Chocolate-Almond Layered Hearts Recipe

Chocolate-Almond Layered Hearts Recipe

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 roll (18 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
DIRECTIONS:
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Remove 2/3 of cookie dough from wrapper and place in medium bowl; refrigerate remaining dough until needed. Stir or knead flour, almonds and almond extract into dough in bowl until well blended.

2. On floured surface with rolling pin, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness (about 12-inch round). Cut with floured 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter; place on ungreased cookie sheets.

3. Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet.

4. Meanwhile, in small bowl, place remaining 1/3 of dough. Stir or knead in cocoa until well blended. On floured surface, roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness (about 8-inch round). Cut with floured 1-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter; place on ungreased large cookie sheet.

5. Bake 5 to 6 minutes or just until set. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheet.

6. In small microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and oil on High 30 seconds. Stir. Microwave 10 to 15 seconds longer until smooth. Place melted chocolate in small resealable food-storage plastic bag; seal bag. Cut 1/8-inch hole in bottom corner of bag.

7. Squeeze bag to pipe small amount of chocolate on center of each large heart cookie. Top each with 1 small heart cookie. Drizzle remaining melted chocolate over layered cookies. Let stand until chocolate is set, about 40 minutes. Store between sheets of waxed paper in tightly covered container

3 comments:

Janet Rudolph said...

Wonderful.. hearts & chocolate. Happy Valentine's Day!

Gone-ta-pott said...

Thank you Janet :) I hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day too. I know yours will defin-it-ly be filled with lots of chocolate.

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