Jan 19, 2016

Chocolate Valentine Sugar Cookies | #CreativeCookieExchange

Chocolate Valentine Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

These Chocolate Valentine Sugar Cookies illustrate why there are not a lot of frosted cookies or decorated cakes on this blog. This is the very first time I tried "piping and flooding" cookies with royal icing, and it was a royal pain. Clearly, I'm more of a "rustic" baker.


However, my grandsons were hanging out with me as I iced them, and they thought I was a genius because I made these little hearts by dragging a toothpick through the icing. Judging by the number of cookies they ate, these cookies were a total success!

Chocolate Valentine Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

I'm definitely going to work on my royal icing skills, because these cookies are totally delicious!

The flooding part worked out fine, and I'm pretty happy with the little red hearts. I've just got to work on the piping part so the edges aren't so squiggly. Next time, I'm going to try using a smaller piping tip, and I'm going to try doing the piping sitting down so I can prop my elbow on the table for stability. I will not be defeated! If you don't have hungry boys waiting patiently for their cookies, you can wipe off the squiggly parts and re-pipe them.

The chocolate sugar cookies are super easy, not too sweet, and really chocolaty. I used a mixture of black cocoa and Dutch process cocoa to get this beautiful dark brown color. If you don't have black cocoa (I got mine from King Arthur Flour), you can use all Dutch process cocoa. (I've also used the black cocoa in these Mini Chocolate Sandwich Cookies and these Chocolate Wafer Cookies for a wonderful dark color.)

Mr. Kitchen said they tasted like "grown-up" cookies! If you want to please both kids and grown-ups, definitely make these!

Chocolate Valentine Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing

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Chocolate Valentine Sugar Cookies

Cookies

Adapted from King Arthur Flour, yield is based on the size of the cookies. I got about 32 hearts. 

3/4 cups (149 grams) sugar
1 cup (227 grams) unsalted butter, slightly softened
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp espresso powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 large egg
1/4 cup (21 grams) black cocoa (or omit this and double the Dutch process cocoa)
1/4 cup (21 grams) Dutch process cocoa 
2 1/4 cups (269 grams) unbleached all purpose flour

  1. Beat the sugar, butter, baking powder, vanilla, expresso, and salt together until fluffy. 
  2. Beat in the egg. 
  3. Whisk the cocoa powders and flour together and add to the mixing bowl. Beat until fully combined. 
  4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or overnight. 
  5. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two or three baking sheets with parchment. 
  6. Divide the the dough in half and roll out to 1/8 inch thick between two sheets of wax paper. Cut the dough with cookie cutters and place the pieces on the baking sheets. 
  7. Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, for 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely on the baking sheets before icing. 

Royal Icing

Adapted from Annie's Eats

4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2 tbsp meringue powder
5 tbsp water, plus more to thin the icing
Gel food coloring

  1. Place the powdered sugar, meringue powder, and water into a bowl of a stand mixer and mix with the paddle attachment on medium low for about 7 to 10 minutes, until the mixture looks matte. Transfer the mixture to an airtight container.
  2. At this point, the mixture is too thick to pipe. Add more water by tablespoon to the mixture, stirring thoroughly between additions, until it is at a consistency that can be piped. Add any coloring you might be using. If you are using more than one color, divide the mixture among airtight containers before adding the color. In my case, I used some red to turn the mixture pink for piping and flooding, and then added more red for the hearts. 
  3. Place some of the icing into a piping bag with a small tip. Pipe the borders of the cookies and let dry for about an hour.
  4. Dilute the remaining royal icing with water, adding it one teaspoon at a time until it runs off of a spoon but is not thin. The goal is to have it thick enough to be opaque, but thin enough to create a level and flat "flooding." You can always add more sugar or water as necessary to achieve the right consistency. Divide into small airtight containers and add more colors of your choice. 
  5. Place the flooding icing into plastic squeeze condiment bottles
  6. One cookie at a time, squeeze some of the icing onto the cookie and spread it with a toothpick to the edges. Dot a contrasting color onto the icing with more icing of the same consistency. Drag a tooth pick through the dots to create "artsy" hearts. 
  7. Let the icing dry for about 3 hours. 



It is late January guys and you know what that means! Soon love will be in the air! Too corny? OK fine, but we all know Valentine’s Day is about to start trending, and we have the perfect cookies! Hearts, love, anything symbolizing hearts and love, we have it all! Check out our hearts and love cookies below and maybe make them for your loved ones! You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:

30 comments:

  1. I think your cookies look spectacular. I honestly prefer them not to look too perfect because that means they are homemade.

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  2. Heck, I'm mega impressed! That's some serious piping work right there, especially for your first time. I love the black cocoa. I mean, if you're going to do chocolate, you might as really dive in. Nice cookies, Karen!

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    1. Exactly, even if shipping costs the same as the cocoa! I think I need some caster sugar.... =)

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  3. Ah, a fellow frosted decorator cookies newbie! I too baked & decorated cookies with the flood technique for the first time and it was, as you say, a royal pain. But I think yours came out beautifully and how can anybody resist a chocolate cookie made with black cocoa!

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    1. Thanks Linda! So happy I wasn't alone trying this! So fun that you tried it too.

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  4. Karen , what are you talking about. The cookies look great. And looks like you and me thought similarly this month. I wanted to try royal icing though. But i couldn't get my hands on meringue powder or pasteurised egg whites :-( . You have done a great job!

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    1. Thank you! Your little chocolate hearts are adorable!

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  5. These are stunning, so nicely done! I would be thrilled to serve these to the ones I love for Valentine's Day!!

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  6. What a nice treat caring for Valentines Day just in time for my birthday

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  7. What beautiful decorating! I love the toothpick trick and think it turned out so nicely around the edge of your cookies.

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  8. These are stunning! I'd love to receive a dozen of these on Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks so much Heather. They are definitely growing on me!

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  9. I avoid icing too, but these cookies look great! I love the little red hearts, and the cookies look tasty too.

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    1. Thanks Anne! I don't know what possessed me to do this!

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  10. On the one hand I don't blame you and probably agree with you. There are reasons iced cookies rarely appear on my site lol. But OMG you did an amazing job! Count me with your grandsons, I mean I knew how you did it, but I also know mine would not have looked anywhere near so nice!

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    1. Oh Laura you made my day! Seriously. Sometimes you just have to go for it, don't you? These are beginning to grow on me, and now that the icing is really dry, it's a really tasty cookie.

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  11. Well, Karen... I will be following your footsteps in this... or should I say your piping moves? ;-)

    I was thinking of using a white, plain sugar cookie, but I like the contrast of the chocolate color, and of course, chocolate and Valentine's - quite a match

    I need to roll my sleeves up, take a very deep breath and go for it!

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    1. It is a lot of fun. It's time consuming, but in an enjoyable, get lost in what you're doing way. I'm definitely going for it again. Can't wait to see yours =)

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  12. I happen to think they turned out quite nice! The hearts are too cute!

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  13. Doesn't matter if you are not a pro at royal icing as these look beautiful! In fact, these rustic looking ones seem much better!

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  14. I have no idea what you are on about, Karen! Those cookies look absolutely perfect to me! And your grandsons are right. The hearts are genius!

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  15. Royal icing kind of intimidates me, but I would love to try these. You did an amazing job and I love that you used black cocoa in the cookies. The darker the chocolate the better for me.

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