Double Chocolate Spritz Heart Cookies are the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day or just for the fun of it. Tender cookies, they are quite chocolatey but not at all too sweet. Keep reading for more great cookies for Valentine’s Day from Creative Cookie Exchange. Affiliate links have been used to link to items I am discussing in this post.
Well, I did not get to my cookie press in time for Christmas or New Year’s, alas, but I did get it out in time for this month’s Creative Cookie Exchange! When I sat down to contemplate our theme, hearts and love for the upcoming Valentine’s Day of course, I immediately thought of spritz heart cookies, just because I had been bummed to not use my cookie press for Christmas this year. I intended to make single heart cookies, with the disc which comes with the OXO Good Grips Cookie Press. But then I remembered I had not yet had a reason to use my Springtime Disk Set, so instead I chose the double hearts disc–two connected hearts, as you can see.
The other reason I had been dying to make spritz (or cookie press) cookies is because I really wanted to try a chocolate dough. I am in love with my basic vanilla cookie press dough, and I have really enjoyed playing with adding different flavors to it (check out these Holiday cookie press cookies for some flavor ideas that do not need to be confined to the holidays), but I was curious to see how a chocolate dough would work.
The answer is pretty well, but not as smoothly as the vanilla dough. Now it could be you could try a cocoa powder only dough and it might press beautifully, but I really wanted melted chocolate in my dough. It could also be that as the cookies were getting baked, I should have chilled the dough while waiting. And while this dough was not amazingly smooth, it did still ultimately work. And was delicious for a rich and chocolatey but not at all too sweet change of pace!
- 3 1/2 cups + 2 T (457 g) AP flour
- 6 T Dutched cocoa powder
- 1 t fine sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 6 T milk
- 2 T vanilla
- 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled
- sugar for sprinkling on cookies before baking--I like fine sugar here
Preheat the oven to 375 F. This many cookies will need to be baked in rounds; it will go faster if you can bake 2 sheets at a time. If you can, place the oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven. Line 2 cookies sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper and set aside.
- Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set aside.
- Beat the butter until creamy in a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.
- Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl, and then add the sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Again scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl. Beat in the egg yolks. Scraping the bowl as needed, beat in the vanilla and milk.
- Add the cooled melted chocolate and beat it until well incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
- Add the flour mixture in 3 additions, slowly mixing it into the dough.
If the dough is too soft to fill the cookie press, you may need to chill it first. I was lazy and left it out the whole time--but I might have avoided some problems if I had chilled the dough in between baking rounds of cookies. At any rate, fill the cookie press and press the cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
- Sprinkle the cookies with fine sugar.
- Bake for 9-11 minutes, until set.
Let cool completely on the cookie sheets.
It is late January guys and you know what that means! Soon love will be in the air! Too corny? OK fine, but we all know Valentine’s Day is about to start trending, and we have the perfect cookies! Hearts, love, anything symbolizing hearts and love, we have it all! Check out our hearts and love cookies below and maybe make them for your loved ones!
You can also use us as a great resource for cookie recipes. Be sure to check out our Pinterest Board and our monthly posts (you can find all of them here at The Spiced Life). You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration to get in the kitchen and start baking, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made:
Double Chocolate Spritz Heart Cookies: perfect for Valentine’s Day–or use a different disc and make them Christmas cookies or cookies just for fun! Tender, not too sweet, and intensely chocolate!
- Aloha Linzer Cookies by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs
- Cheese Hearts by Bakingyummies
- Chocolate Valentine Sugar Cookies by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Dark Chocolate Sugar Cookies by Flours and Frostings
- Double Chocolate Spritz Heart Cookies by The Spiced Life
- Happy Heart Lemon Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Meringue Hearts by Noshing With The Nolands
- Nutella Raspberry Cookies by Upstate Ramblings
- Pomegranate, Rose and White Chocolate Cookies by A Shaggy Dough Story
- Sour Cream Pecan Sandies by Magnolia Days
- Sweet Heart Cookies by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
- Yin Yang Cookies by Food Lust People Love
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