I feel the way about heart-shaped foods, that I do about rainbow sprinkles. There’s just something about it that makes it taste better. There has to be some scientific reasoning behind it, don’t you think? Valentine’s Day is sometimes my favorite holiday, and it’s hard to explain. I’m sure I’ll tell you more about it as the day gets closer but it runs deep. Way beyond heart candy and Hallmark cards. Also, I just think a day to celebrate love in all forms is special. I celebrate with all loved ones. My mom and I once did a Valentine Countdown, like an Advent Calendar.
Valentine’s Day Nutella-Filled Sugar Cookies:
What You Need:
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour + extra for rolling
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
¼ cup Nutella/hazelnut spread
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 heart-shaped cookie cutter, about 2 ½ inches at its widest portion
1 miniature heart-shaped cookie cutter, about 1 inch in size
Yields: 7-10 cookies
What You Do:
1 – First, in a large bowl, cream together granulated sugar and egg.
2 – And then add butter and vanilla to the egg mixture and mix thoroughly.
3 – In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt.
4 – Slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients, and then mix until cookie dough forms.
5 – Then, wrap cookie dough in plastic and refrigerate for one hour.
6 – Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
7 – And then preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
8 – Dust some flour on a clean working surface as well as on a rolling pin. And then roll out chilled cookie dough until it’s about ¼ of an inch thick.
9 – Cut out 14-20 heart-shaped cookies with larger heart-shaped cookie cutter, and then place each one gently on lined baking sheets.
10 – Using the miniature heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out a small heart in the center of half of the heart-shaped cookies.
11 – Bake for 7-10 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
12 – Then, allow the cookies to cool down.
13 – Place the cookies with the miniature heart-shaped cavity on a separate pan and use a sifter to sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar.
14 – Using an offset spatula, spread Nutella on the large heart cookies, taking care not to spread all the way to the edges.
15 – Place one sugar-covered cookie on top of one Nutella-covered cookie. Repeat for all cookies. Serve and enjoy!
I’m fairly certain these are absolutely delightful – because they are darn pretty – and because they’re filled with Nutella. I don’t even know what’s better than that. If you make these, you will have one lucky Valentine!