I've always loved valentines day. Folding lacy doilies into cool valentine cards, sitting in a dorm room surrounded by pink paper and glitter, and chocolate-y raspberry desserts!
This year, February has been a particularly busy season, but in an effort to at least make a nod to the holiday, I made these tasty cookies. They are adapted from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook which if you don't own now, you should. I added in the orange flavor to make them a little more interesting than your average chocolate cookie.
Chocolate Orange Valentine Cookies
3 cups of flour
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3/4 tsp table salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 sticks (sixteen tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar (if you skip the glaze, I'd up this to 1.5 cups)
2 large eggs
Zest of 2 oranges
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1.5 tsps of triple sec or other orange liqueur
- Preheat oven to 350
- Sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder.
- Cream butter and sugar together. Add eggs, one at a time. Add orange zest.
- Gradually add in flour mixture.
- Wrap dough in plastic, and chill for at least one hour. (Do not skimp on this or your cookies will be a PAIN to roll out.
- Roll out cookies on a well floured counter. Cut into shapes (since it's valentines, I went with hearts) Put on parchment paper or silpat in pan. You can keep these close together, they don't spread much.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. WATCH THEM CLOSELY. You will think they are not done, and then they will be overdone. It's nutty.
- Once cookies are totally cool, melt chocolate and triple sec together. I did this by melting for 10 seconds in the microwave, stirring, and repeat. Be careful here, it's really easy to burn this little amount of chocolate. Alternatively, you could bust out a double boiler, but for this little chocolate it seems like overkill.
- Place cookies on a cooling rack over a table you don't mind messing up or parchment paper. Using a fork, flick the chocolate over the cookies. Allow to dry and then enjoy! (You can also enjoy beforehand. But then you might get a little chocolatey.)