Just-for-You Chocolate Cookie Hearts

Just-for-You Chocolate Cookie Hearts
  • Prep Time
  • Cooking Time
  • Skill Level
    Intermediate
  • Makes
    48
    2 1/2-inch heart cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for rolling
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Heart cookie cutters (2 ½” and 1 1/2” size)
  • 1/2 cup prepared chocolate frosting
  • 1 cup prepared vanilla frosting, divided
  • Red food coloring
  • 1 tablespoon jimmies or sprinkles

Instructions

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COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until well blended. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually beat in flour mixture. If dough is slightly crumbly and does not hold together, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water. Shape dough into ball. Divide dough in half and place each on plastic wrap. Flatten each into an 8-inch circle. Wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

PREHEAT oven to 350° F.

ROLL out one circle of dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out hearts with larger cookie cutter. Transfer to ungreased baking sheet(s), placing about 2 inches apart. For sandwich cookies, use smaller cutter to cut out hearts in centers of the larger hearts on the baking sheet. Lift smaller center heart with tip of knife; place on baking sheet near the larger hearts. Repeat with trimmings and other circle of dough.

BAKE for 5 to 6 minutes or until tops are set. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

DIVIDE vanilla frosting in half. Tint half pink with red food coloring. Frost hearts and top with other hearts for a sandwich. Decorate as desired. Store in single layers between sheets of wax paper in tightly covered container.

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