How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? I don’t really celebrate to be honest. I’ve never been a big fan of this day, perhaps because I’ve always been single. I know that you don’t need a boyfriend to celebrate but I think it would feel a bit more special if I did have one.

Anyway, I love a good excuse to bake so thought I would share a Valentine cookies recipe with you. It’s the perfect treat to enjoy yourself, to share with a loved one or to bring as a treat for your work colleagues. I did the latter and they went down a storm. I could easily have eaten all of them myself – I love mint and chocolate together. Orange and chocolate doesn’t go together for me. I have tried a few times, I wish I liked Terry’s Chocolate Orange – they’re so cute! Sadly it’s a no go for me. This combination however is the best, so refreshing!

Valentine Cookies Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

These chocolate peppermint cookies (inspiration from Little Sunny Kitchen) are super easy to make and don’t take long at all. Perhaps one hour in total from preparation to finished cookie to eat. I made them for Christmas with candy canes as decoration but I’m swapping to love hearts for Valentine’s Day. Dipped in whit chocolate and decorated with sweets, these cookies go from simple to super cute in only a couple of minutes. For Easter I’m thinking to decorate with smashed Easter mini chocolate eggs. Basically, these cookies are great for any season and occasion.

Ingredients (makes 30-36)

310 ml white flour
125 ml cacao
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
125 gram unsalted butter
125 ml brown sugar
125 ml granulated sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
125 gram/small bag of chocolate chips

For dipping and decorating

100-200 gram white chocolate
60 gram crushed Love Hearts/Candy Canes/Easter Mini Eggs

Method 

  1. Combine flour, cacao, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  2. Mix butter and sugar to a cream. Add the egg and mix till creamy. Combine with the vanilla and peppermint extracts
  3. Add the flour and cacao mix to the wet ingredients and mix till combined. Stir in the chocolate chips
  4. Using your hands, shape dough into small balls (or whatever size you prefer) and place on baking paper. Slightly flatten each ball before putting in the oven
  5. Bake on 175 degrees for 10-12 minutes
  6. Let cool on baking paper and then move to a cooling rack
  7. Once completely cool, dip in melted white chocolate and sprinkle garnish which will stay once the chocolate has dried
  8. Enjoy with a glass of milk, a cup of tea or perhaps a flute of prosecco.

I also made a video when I baked these cookies, to show how easy they are to make. Take a look if you fancy. It’s only three or so minutes long.

What will you be baking for Valentine’s Day? Will you give these cookies a go? If you do, let me know what you think. My previous recipe, the Swedish gooey chocolate cake would also go down well as a valentine treat.

Jennie xx