"Listen with your heart."
"Do something spontaneous."
"Go where your heart takes you."
"Hold hands firmly, hearts gently."
"Exercise your heart today."
"Make someone melt today."
"Believe in those you love."
These are the messages that my children and I read to each other as we unwrapped our Dove heart shaped chocolates. We all love chocolate and I love anything that brings us together. These phrases, or "little fortunes cookie words" as my son called them, gave us an opportunity to discuss love and our hearts.
I used the Dove chocolate candies to make our family "Peanutty Valentine Cookies". They are similar to Peanut Butter Blossoms which we always make at Christmas except that the peanut butter cookie dough is baked in a mini-muffin pan and the chocolate kiss is replaced by a chocolate heart. Just like Peanut Butter Blossoms they are best straight out of the oven when the chocolate is warm and melted, but they can be cooled and enjoyed later. Many of our Peanutty Valentine Cookies lost the heart shape of the chocolate as I transferred them from the muffin tin to the cooling rack, but they still tasted delicious.
This recipe comes from a magazine clipping that I cut out long before I knew about blogs, so I don't know the year or even the name of the magazine. I do know, however, that this recipe is now featured on the Nestle website Very Best Baking. The peanut butter cookie dough from this recipe is moist and flavorful and pairs well with the smooth Dove chocolates. I loved enjoying these Valentine's treats with my children and I loved sharing the messages from the chocolates as well. Have a happy Valentine's Day!
Peanutty Valentine Cookies
from Nestle's Very Best Baking
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
36 heart-shaped chocolate candies, unwrapped
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In large bowl with electric mixer, beat sugar, brown sugar, butter and peanut butter until combined. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Beat in flour and baking soda.
- Drop dough by rounded tablespoons into ungreased mini-muffin cups. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Remove from oven; gently press a chocolate heart into each cup. Cool in pans on wire racks for at least 10 minutes. Remove cookies from muffin cups with a butter knife.
- Serve warm or cool completely on wire racks.