Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is just around the corner? Apolinaras and I don’t exchange presents or anything, but I do like the excuse to indulge in more chocolate than usual and I also enjoy going all out in the kitchen to make a really decadent meal. This year the festivities began early because I made these over the top heart cookies last week so I could share them with you before the 14th. I also received a fabulous box full of Guylian Artisanal Belgian Chocolates to sample. Mmm, their chocolate seashells have a praline truffle center enrobed by milk, dark, and white chocolate – divine! And, I have a cute Valentine’s day package of them to giveaway, so check out the details at the bottom of this post to enter to win.

But first, here are the cookies, which were inspired by the cute white and pink heart shaped sprinkles that jumped into my cart at the grocery store. I’m such a sucker for sprinkles and muffin cups with fun patterns – they get me every time! Luckily, I was at the store by myself, so I didn’t have to deal with any eye rolling from Apolinaras. Poor guy, a container of sprinkles from my stash always seems to fall out when he opens our baking cabinet. Then when he tries to put it back, another one gets pushed out since it’s literally overflowing with decorating supplies. I’ve shown him my technique to simply shove things in the back, but he likes things orderly and never takes my advice. I suppose I don’t follow his advice to stop buying sprinkles either though, haha.

Anyway, I eventually decided to make chocolate cookies in the shape of hearts. Of course I couldn’t stop there, and amped them up by putting a layer of eggless cookie dough on top, followed by ganache and the sprinkles. The cookie dough here is a classic chocolate chip without the chips. I figured if I was rolling the dough out to cut into hearts, that I wouldn’t want any hard pieces of chocolate getting in the way. As you probably know, playing with eggless cookie dough is one of my favorite past times, so if you try these, the trick to getting perfectly shaped hearts out of the dough is to grease you counter really well with butter and slightly chill the dough. SO good – I wish I still had some of these left!

To enter to win the chocolates, just leave a comment on this post letting me know what your ultimate Valentine’s Day meal would include. Entries must be in by Wednesday, February 16 at 11:59pm EST. Good luck and thanks Guylian!

The fine print: Guylian’s Chocolates sent me a variety of their goodies to sample, but I received no compensation for this post and all opinions are mine. The winner will be picked with random.org on Thursday, February 17 and announced shortly thereafter.

Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies
Printable Recipe

Ingredients:

Chocolate Cookie Layer:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa powder
1 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cookie Dough Layer:
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons milk
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon salt

Ganache Layer:
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup Valentine’s Day sprinkles

Directions:
To make the chocolate cookies, place butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl and mix until well creamed; stir in egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Stir in flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking soda, and salt until soft dough forms. Refrigerate for an hour or until well chilled. Heat oven to 350˚F. Spread a bit of extra cocoa powder out your counter and rolling pin and roll out chocolate dough to about 1/4–inch thick. Cut out heart shapes with a cookie cutter and transfer to cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Repeat with remaining dough (I got 17 cookies with my cookie cutter). Bake at 350˚F for 10 minutes or until set. Transfer to cooling racks and let cool completely, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the eggless cookie dough. Mix butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in a large bowl until creamed; add vanilla and milk and mix until well blended. Mix in flour and salt. Shape dough into a ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chilled. Place chilled dough on a well greased surface (I spread butter on my counter before rolling out the dough each time), roll out to about 1/4-inch thick, and use the same heart cookie cutter to carefully cut out the same number cookie dough hearts as chocolate cookies you have. Place cookie dough layers on top of chocolate cookie layers.

To make the ganache, place chocolate chips and cream in a small microwavable bowl; microwave on high for 1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Continue stirring until the chips are melted and the mixture is smooth. Place dollaps of ganache on top of the cookie dough covered heart cookies and use the back of a spoon to spread ganache evenly over each cookie. Sprinkle evenly with sprinkles! Place cookies in the refrigerator for an hour or until ganache is set. Makes 17 cookies.

Nutrition: 351 calories, 18.0g fat, 1.7g fiber, 3.8g protein per cookie
Cost: $0.37 per cookie

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57 Responses to Valentine’s Day Heart Cookies

  1. Ellen says:

    That’s a tough question. I think waffles.
    My heart is sold on a breakfast dinner.

  2. branny says:

    Boy would I love these cookies! THEY would make my ultimate Vday dinner. I adore cookie dough. ADORE!

  3. Joanne says:

    Eggless cookie dough happens to be one of the best things on this earth! And to put it on TOP of cookies and UNDER chocolate is a fabulous idea. What cute little treats!

    My ultimate V-Day meal would consist entirely of cheesecake. No dinner. Just cheesecake.

  4. Emily says:

    These are so cute – I love the layers. I also love boxes of chocolate :) I usually go out to dinner with my husband a few days before or after Vday to avoid the crowds and good up something indulgent at home, like steaks, duck or risotto on the actual day.

  5. Megan says:

    Those cookies sound amazing… the eggless cookie dough probably makes them so much more decadent. (I have a little bit of a sprinkles-buying problem too.)

    If I have time to make an ultimate v-day meal this year, I think it’s going to be some sort of lamb dish. I like making things we don’t eat on a regular basis.

  6. Rachel says:

    The cookies sound delicious! The ultimate valentines day meal for my husbanda and I would be a good steak, twice baked potatoes and a yummy salad.

  7. sandra says:

    Any dinner I don’t have to cook!! Steak would be awesome!!

  8. Judith says:

    Lobster dripping in butter and key lime pie. I would find room for a couple of these cookies.

  9. My ultimate Valentine’s Day meal would include Chateaubriand, asparagus, fully-loaded baked potatoes, and chocolate-dipped fresh strawberry slices :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  10. Shannon says:

    these are definitely winners :) so by now you should have sprinkles for every occasion, right? :)

  11. Kelly says:

    Probably a really great caesar salad, a light main course (chicken), cheese grits, homemade bread, and a decadent chocolate treat!

  12. delia says:

    Chocolate and lots of sweets! Dessert for dinner!

  13. Eliana says:

    These cookies are too precious! My ultimate VDay meal includes a perfectly grilled NY strip steak with a spicy steak sauce. YUM!!

  14. Emily says:

    Oh my goodness, the cookies look incredible! I love that they have a praline center.

    I would make my boyfriend a romantic Italian dinner with bruschetta, a spinach and pine nut salad, lasagna and tiramisu. Classic and delicious!

  15. Lauren says:

    These cookies are too cute! I’m looking forward to making some V-day goodies this weekend! Among my favorite meals would have to be something truly decadent like a perfectly cooked (which for me means rare) Beef Tenderloin with a simple side like roasted potatoes….yes I’m a simple girl :)

  16. Michelle says:

    These cookies look ADORABLE! I don’t know about dream Valentine’s Day meal but I’m definitely looking forward to having sushi for Valentine’s Day this year!

  17. These look great. I am featuring them on a V-day post later today. Thanks for the recipe! :)

  18. Erica says:

    The cookies are GORGEOUS! Beautiful work! Josh and I don’t really exchange gifts either. Sometimes we decide on something we both want and just get it. This year its new running shoes :) Chocolate giveaway? I’m in! Perfect valentine’s day meal? Honestly- I’m pretty simple! Homemade is best (IMO)- soup, chili, stir fry or a good breakfast for dinner always wins out in my book!

  19. Erica says:

    PS- sorry I’ve been MIA! I will finally have a post up tomorrow morning

  20. Lucie says:

    Your eggless chocolate chip cookie dough recipe is really interesting, I’m intrigued!
    Valentine’s Day dinner for me will be chicken with okra–it’s my first time cooking the stubborn vegetable so we’ll see!

  21. Man, these look SICK (that’s a good thing ;) ). I want to buy some heart shaped cookie cutter so I can make these exact cookies. Hearts are so fun :)
    My ultimate meal would be a million course chef tasting (ok, maybe like 10) at a super fancy place that also focuses on sustainability (like L’Espalier or Cragie on Main). I really want to do that one day!!

  22. Jessica Thomson says:

    Skip the dinner I just want the chocolate!!!!

  23. So cute! And I love the idea of a layer of eggless cookie dough in the middle, excellent!

  24. elra says:

    Those cookies are perfect Kerstin. Lots of hearts in the air :)

  25. grace says:

    the ultimate v day meal? chocolate appetizers, chocolate entree, and chocolate dessert. :)

  26. kathryn says:

    those cookies look delicious! i’m a big fan of sprinkles too. :) they’re too cute to resist!
    my ultimate valentine’s meal would simply be something homemade, just for me. i’m a sucker for a home prepared meal! i would probably make something chocholatey and delicious for dessert though, it’s my favorite!

  27. Rebecca says:

    I don’t know why, but I think seafood would be an awesome choice for Valentine’s day. Seafood can be pricey, so it’s a good idea to bust it out for Vday! Dessert must be something extremely rich, of course.

  28. Pam says:

    Wow, wow, wow! They look decadent and beautiful. Nicely done.

  29. These cookies are beautiful!

    A meal that my HUSBAND cooks :) carpaccio, lobster, roasted asparagus, and anything that’s 200% chocolate :)

  30. Biz says:

    We don’t usually exchange gifts either, but have a nice quiet dinner at home – so much better than going to a restaurant where you feel like they want to turn the table the whole night!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  31. Gabrielle says:

    My ultimate dinner would include lobster, asparagus, red wine and a chocolate molten lava cake to top it off!

  32. Reeni says:

    Your cookies are so pretty Kerstin! And so scrumptious with the double layer of cookie dough! My perfect dinner? Fettucine alfredo! Indulgent enough for a special occasion.

  33. I have a similar problem with my spice cabinet. Pull something out, and you have an avalanche. These cookies are so cute, and the sprinkles look great on them!

    My ultimate V-Day dinner would have to include lobster or truffles or both!

  34. Mary says:

    These are wonderful cookies for Valentine’s Day. Bob and I have lunch out but I make a special dinner for him as well. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  35. Kathleen says:

    Those cookies are going on my “must try” list of things to bake! What fun! My Valentine’s Day dinner would include a pink risotto *beets are key here* with pretty veggies.

  36. Lynne says:

    I’m not very exciting . . . I think a great steak, baked potato and salad would be perfect. And dessert . . . something chocolate, of course!

  37. Laura says:

    Love your site!!
    My favorite V Day meal would be Marsala chicken with plenty of mushrooms, sauteed spinach with lemon, roasted garlic potatoes, garlic bread and for dessert a wonderful vanilla creme brûlée. Oh, I’m starving now!!!!

  38. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These look great! I love all the layers of flavors…yum!

  39. Tara says:

    I’m making these cookies with my daughter TODAY! My best V-day meal would be braised short ribs falling off of the bone on top of a heaping mound of garlic parmesean potatoes and grilled aspargus. Dessert would have to be chocolate dipped strawberries and champagne. Having said that, it’s a work night and we will probably have something very mundane and benign like spags and meatballs. Oh well, we can dream right!?

  40. Cara says:

    Cookie dough on top of cookies? That may be the most genius idea ever! No, wait, the best idea EVER is to then put ganache on top. Congrats :)

    I’d love to get some of those chocolate in my belly. My ultimate Valentine’s day meal would include a small course of an amazing cut of beef (I need just a taste here) then a bigger course of a really scrumptious fish, like sea bass. Finally, plenty of wine and chocolate!

  41. Those sprinkles are adorable!! I love Guylian chocolate – my mom introduced me to them when I was really young, maybe 7 or 8, and she and I would always eat a couple of pieces for a midnight snack. My ultimate Valentines meal will always include a glass of sweet red wine and some rich milk chocolate! Actually a glass of wine and some chocolate would be enough to be my meal! ;)

  42. Monica H says:

    These are cute and they sound awesomely delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had a cookie with cookie dough on top of it. I want!

    “I’m such a sucker for sprinkles and muffin cups with fun patterns – they get me every time!” Yeah, me too!

    My favorite Valentine’s meal would include a filet mignon, with homemade bernaise sauce, roasted asparagus and a baked potato with all the toppings, followed up with something chocolatey, obviously.

  43. peachkins says:

    So cute! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  44. Julie says:

    I’m a big fan of the shove it to the back method. The cookies are adorable! Have a great valentine’s day :)

  45. CaSaundra says:

    I have a mild obsession with all kinds of fun sprinkles too! haha. My ultimate meal would include anything and everything seafood–shrimp, lobster, scallops–yum!

  46. Gabrielle says:

    Anything with chocolate would be perfect!

  47. Bundle says:

    My ideal Valentine’s dinner would include Red Velvet and Blondies…but the semi-ripe plantains “Brazo Gitano,” filled with ham and cream cheese I tried last night, might just become a favorite. :)

  48. Gabrielle says:

    My ideal dinner would have to include filet mignon, a nice salad, red wine and of course, something chocolaty for dessert!

  49. cheffresco says:

    Aww these are adorable! We made some cookies for v-day and they did not turn out nearly as good as yours. Next year I’ll have to borrow your recipe. =)

  50. Thanks everyone!

    And congrats to the winner, #42 – Monica!!

  51. Sprinzette says:

    I’ve just come across your blog – these cookies look delicious. Really looking forward to visiting for inspiration.

    N

  52. Meghan says:

    Oh my goodness – these cookies sound incredible! Love eggless cookie dough! I LOVE your heart sprinkles! I am the exact same way about sprinkles and cupcake wrappers – I cannot control myself. I will hide them in the cart when I’m shopping with Bob and by the time he sees them on the conveyor belt, it’s “too late” !

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