I personally have never even once celebrated Valentine’s Day. It’s not much of a tradition here and it might be better that way given the tragic “single on Valentine’s day” comments I read on the internet. For me, this year’s Valentine’s Day was primarily end-of-term day and therefore still worth celebrating.
But I know that there are many people who actually celebrate Valentine’s (Surprisingly the pope for example) so I made melting heart cookies for those of you.
60g Custard Powder (Puddingpulver)
60g Icing Sugar
1tsp Baking powder
180g plain flour
Beat the butter until light and fluffy. Mix in the custard powder and icing sugar. Add the baking powder and flour. Powder a surface with icing sugar and roll out your dough. Cut out little hearts and bake them on a lined baking tray at 180°C for 13 minutes.
110g icing sugar
Zests of ½ Lemon
Splash of lemon juice.
Mix everything until the sugar is dissolved and the buttercream is fluffy. Fill the hearts.
For all others, who don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day, may it be because you don’t believe in corporate holidays or don’t have anyone to celebrate with (even though, considering the pope, you obviously don’t even need anyone), I made chocolate peanut cookies because I believe the combination of nuts and chocolate is always worth celebrating!
Chocolate Peanut Cookies
200g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
50g salted peanuts
100g Peanut butter (creamy)
100g unrefined cane sugar (Vollrohrzucker)
50g raw cane sugar (Rohrohrzucker)
½ tsp baking powder
Melt the chocolate. Beat the peanut butter and the two sugars until creamy. Add the eggs. Let the melted chocolate cool, then add to peanut butter mixture. Add the flour.
Chop the peanuts. Use a spoon to make walnut sized balls of dough and roll them in the chopped peanuts.
Bake at 180°C for 13 minutes.
Don’t beat yourself up over some silly holiday and have a cookie instead!