Monday, February 14, 2011

Royal Icing Chocolate Valentine Cookies

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

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My daughter Tati and I made these royal icing cookies over the weekend.  She is taking some to her friends at school   They are fun and turned out so well.  We love the chocolate cookie with the royal icing; it tastes like a brownie cookie.  We have made these cookies before and love them -- they contrast well with the pale colors of the royal icing.

Recipe and Instructions for Chocolate Sugar Cookies

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder-- this is a lot, but it makes for a rich, dark cookie
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups white sugar
1 egg

1. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg. Gradually stir in the sifted ingredients to form a soft dough. Divide dough into 2 pieces, flatten and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 2 hours or put in freezer for 15 minutes or until firm and ready to cut out cookies.

2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch in thickness. Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters. Dough is sticky so be sure to add more granulated sugar to the rolling surface as needed. Place cookies 1- 1/2 inches apart onto cookie sheets.

3. Bake for 7-8 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

Royal Icing -- Instructions for Royal Icing were borrowed from my sister Jacqueline at Purple Chocolat Home.

The secret to the icing is to get the Royal Icing thin enough that it melts back into itself as you count to 5.

3/4 C. warm water
5 T. meringue powder or powdered egg whites
1 tsp. cream of tartar
2 1/4 lb. powdered sugar

In mixer with paddle attachment, mix the water and meringue powder on lowest speed until well blended. Add the cream of tartar. Then a dd the powdered sugar and set a kitchen timer for 10 minutes. Mix with paddle for 10 minutes.  This gives you the typical royal icing.  You will want to thin it down significantly.Add an additional water 1 T. at a time. We added about 9-10 more tablespoons. It should be thin enough to form a ribbon that disappears back into the mass of the frosting by the count of 5. It has to hold its shape, but not too much.

Color your royal icing.  We left some white and colored some a bright pink.  We used gel colors.

Then pipe around the outline of the cookie.  This is a lighter pink; we decided we liked the darker better.

Work on one cookie at at a time.  Then fill in the cookie with more royal icing.  I used a small rubber spatula to do this.

Then with the white royal icing we made dots in a heart shape.

Then with the blunt end of a wooden skewer we dragged the hearts together and voila!  Sorry didn't get this step on film!

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Enjoy and Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Hi Joni - Happy Valentine's Day to you too! Love your pretty cookies! Hope you have a great day.


Karen said...

These are beautiful!!.. THanks for the recipe.

Pondside said...

What pretty cookies - very professional looking!

Sarah said...

Joni, I like the idea of using royal icing on a chocolate cookie. I'm going to try this. They look so pretty!
Happy Valentine's Day! ~ Sarah

Beth said...

Hi Joni! I made chocolate sugar cookies too, but yours are prettier! I am going to deliver some to my favorite neighbors today...keeping plenty here for me, hubby, son and grandson to munch on too.
Blessings, Beth

Tricia said...

Joni, these cookies are gorgeous! Love the technique you used to make the delicate design, and I'll bet the chocolate cookies are well-received!

V I N T A G E O L O G I E said...

Joni these look sooooo pretty ... I'm hosting a bake-off today {stop by and check it out} ... I still have a lump of sugar cookies dough to make, I'm going to try out your icing and decor tips ... thank you!!


Gabe said...

I love the pink frosting with the chocolate cookies. . .so pretty!

Stephanie Suzanne Designs said...

Hi Joni,

I don't think I've had a chocolate sugar cookie but I can see that will change very soon..hee hee They look delish! But I'm telling you I can't get my eyes off that heart shaped PIZZA! Too cool!! I'm visiting for Porch Club and I have some goodies baked just for you. :0) Have a wonderful Valentine's Day...

Stephanie ♥

Marigene said...

The cookies came out beautifully! Happy Valentine's Day...

Anonymous said...

awww, these look so sweet and yummy!! happy v day, anne

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

They are so pretty! I have never had good luck with Royal Icing but will try again with your tips. I would love one of those chocolate cookies right about now!

Sylvia said...

Mmmmm those cookies look soooo good!

Happy Valentines Day,

Sue said...

They're beautiful, Joni! Love the chocolate with the pink icing. Have a Happy Valentine's day! Sue:)

Debbie said...

Joni, these are just lovely, and I wish so badly that I could make some just like them.

I'll be able to do the chocolate cookies part because I'm a pretty mean cookie baker... AND YET...for some reason, I just seem to flunk royal icing every time I try. It's almost as bad as my epic fondant failure.

I need to try your sister's recipe. I'm determined not to give up.

Bonnie said...

Love the feathered hearts. So elegant and pretty and I bet they tasted great!! Happy Valentine's Day.

Kathleen said...

How beautiful! Too pretty to eat!

Chef Bee said...

I love how the chocolate cookie looks with the icing. More dramatic than a regular sugar cookie.

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Jacqueline said...

I love the pink on the chocolate cookies. I am going to have to try that. They are so gorgeous. Tell Tati I love them! I bet they went quickly too!

I could try my quickie recipe for sugar cookies using the chocolate cake mix. You are always so fun and creative and inspiring.

Vicki V @ said...

These are beautiful, and I'll bet they taste divine! I'm going to try them. Have you ever found a chocolate cookie recipe that copycats the Nabisco Chocolate Wafers?

Unknown said...

These look amazing. Definitely going to have to try this out! I'd for you to come share it at this weekend's party! Hope to see you there!