Today is Valentine’s Day, day of love, day of heart, day of roses and day of organ donation. In order to celebrate the mood of love I made coffee sugar cookies. I have been thinking of making the coffee sugar cookies for a long time. Finally yesterday the day came and I made it. During yesterday’s shopping I saw that in Wal-Mart they were selling chocolate covered strawberries so I decide to give it try too. Yesterday my friend was hanging out with us at our home, and she helped me by watching my little one and I made the dish.
Interestingly I have seen an article saying that 3-6 cups of tea or coffee can help you reducing the heart risk . Since coffee can help the heart why don’t make coffee cookie for a Valentine’s Day. While I was growing up the celebration of Valentine’s Day was not there, it started India a few years ago. I came to know about active Valentine’s Day celebration only after leaving India. Nowadays Valentine’s Day is celebrated in India too.
I was lucky to find my Valentine (hubby), and he supports me in all situations, we may have some differences of opinion, but at the end of the day we are happy. We do try enjoying every day at its fullest happiness.
I wanted to decorate coffee cookies with coffee beans, however hubby told me not to do it, so skipped that idea. I want to get good flavor of coffee in the cookie so I used freshly ground coffee. However I used only 1 tablespoon of ground coffee, cookies turn up with hint coffee flavor not overpowering ones. I liked them. I adapted recipe from here. I used heart shaped cookie cutter as it is Valentine’s Day. You can see the speck of coffee granules in the cookies. I didn’t do any frosting, still they taste great. If you are a coffee lover give it try some time.
For chocolate covered strawberries, I used some of dove white chocolate and white chocolate morsels. Since I am doing the first time, it is not perfect but I love it. Here goes the recipe.
What you need
All purpose flour: 1 cup
Freshly ground coffee: 1 tablespoon
Brown sugar: 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon (I used muscavado sugar)
Baking powder: ¼ teaspoon
Salt: 1/8 teaspoon
Egg: ½ of one egg
Butter: ¼ cup (½ stick of butter)
Vanilla extract: 1/2 teaspoon
How I made
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, coffee, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in half of one egg until well blended. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until combined. Divide dough into a disc. Wrap in waxed paper and chill until firm, at least 1 hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Working with one disc of dough at a time, roll out dough on a floured surface or using a Ziploc bag, place the dough one half and cover them with other half and spread the cookie dough until 1/4-inch thick and cut out cookies with floured heart shaped cookie cutters. Transfer cookies to non-stick foil lined baking sheets, spacing them 1 inch apart.
Bake until just golden around the edges, 9 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool and then decorate as desired. Store in an airtight container at room temperature until it is consumed.
Preparation time: 15minutes+ 1 hour chilling time
Will you make it again: yes I will
Hershey’s bliss chocolate:5 no
White chocolate morsels: ¼ cup ( I used Nestle)
Oil: 1tablespoon (I used canola oil)
How I made
In a double boiler heat chocolate with oil until it melted and become smooth and runny.
Dip the strawberries and swirl them in the chocolate so that it gets well coated, set aside in aluminum foil or parchment paper. Keep it in refrigerator until chocolate sets.
Enjoy as much you wish.
Preparation time: 15 minutes + 1 hour for setting
Yield: 10 no
Will you make it again; yes I will
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