Hi everyone! My name is Penelope, and from now on I will be making the occasional appearance on insidefruits to share some of my favourite recipes with you! As you may have noticed, I am a magical, beautiful unicorn, so you are probably not surprised to learn that sweet things really get me glittering! So what else would a unicorn like me want on Valentine’s Day than a sweet, sugary, heart-shaped chocolate sugar cookie pop? The answer is two of them.
This little recipe is a fun, ooey-gooey oh-so-chocolatey way of letting know how you feel about that special someone (even if that special someone is yourself)! Plus the fun cookie-pop form is convenient and extra cute!
2.50 cups all-purpose flour, well sifted
0.75 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, well sifted
1.25 tsp baking powder
0.5 tsp salt
1.50 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter
1 large or extra large egg
1.5 teaspoon almond, vanilla or walnut extract (your choice!)
In a large mixing bowl, add baking powder and salt, and then sift in the flour and cocoa powder together (to get an even mixture).
In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy and light and wonderful , should take between 2-3 minutes.
Gingerly add the flour mixture to the butter-sugar mixture until thoroughly and beautifully married.
After that sexy riot of a wedding, roll out the newly united dough between two sheets of parchment paper to desired thickness (for pops, make them a little thicker, around 0.5cm), place on a flat surface (cutting boards work wonderfully) and let it chill in the refrigerator for about half an hour.
Take the dough out of the refrigerator and remove from the parchment paper and onto your work surface. Using your favourite medium-large, heart-shaped cookie cutters cut out as many cookies as desired (read: possible). Line the cookies up in two rows lengthwise on a rectangular baking sheet, the bottom points of the hearts facing outward. Carefully insert pop sticks into the pointed ends, twisting the stick slowly to reduce dough breakage and ensure a stronger hold.
Bake the cookies at 177°C for 8-12 minutes, depending on how chewy or crispy you like them. Decorate with chocolate, icing, sweets – whatever you like! Add some ribbons and other festive packaging and you have the perfect little Valentine’s Day treat!
In the picture above, I’ve done sandwich cookie pops with chocolate fudge in the middle! They’re extra chocolatey, and the fudge holds the stick really well!