Valentine’s Day is the international celebration of love. It’s a magical time, that shouldn’t be restricted to couples. This is a special recipe I like to make every February for friends and family. The best part is it uses up those pesky little cinnamon hearts that are too strong to actually eat on their own.
I love to find ways to brighten up the lives of the people closest to me. Cookies every now and then really hit the spot. This is my chance to share my creativity and bring out a few smiles at the same time. Since I am giving these away, I make them in larger batches. This particular recipe is for 4 dozen. I go through hundreds of these cookies every year.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2/3 cup of butter
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 2 teaspoons of cornstarch
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 cup of cinnamon hearts
Unless you are a seasoned baker or at least mildly confident about baking, I suggest you keep all of the ingredients as listed. That means no substitutions.
I know you might love watching those cooking shows where gorgeous people can eyeball amounts and toss them into a bowl. I don’t want to burst any bubbles, but most of that isn’t real. Amounts are pre-measured before taping. Of course, there are a few exceptions. If you feel the need to try your luck at guessing, try to restrict yourself to certain ingredients. Flour is not one of them. You need level amounts of flour in your cookie dough – too little makes a sticky mess – too much and you taste the flour.
If you want to play, start with something easy. I suggest vanilla. A smidgen extra or too little of the extract won’t make or break a recipe. Feel free to decrease the amounts of cinnamon hearts as well, or try your hand at a different type of candy. Food colour can also be fun.
The fun part–baking:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease your cookie trays. I buy tinfoil trays for larger amounts of cookies. It makes clean up much easier, but feel free to use your regular trays. Then I use baking cooking spray on them. It has a buttery flavour to it. Plain is fine.
Using a hand mixer cream together the butter, egg, vanilla and sugar. Add in the cornstarch.
At this point, you will want to take a wooden spoon and lightly mix in the flour. Then use the hand mixer to fully beat the dough. While it isn’t necessary to do the wooden spoon part, you’ll have quite a bit of dusting to do after you finish cooking if you skip it.
Mix in cinnamon hearts using a spoon.
These cookies don’t really spread a lot while cooking so 2 inches apart is probably a good distance to scoop out 2 tablespoon sized balls.
While every oven is different, the general cooking time of these cookies is 12-14 minutes. Take a peek at 12 minutes and give it the extra two if needed. Make a note of your preferred oven time for next year.
As an author, I like to personalize my gifts a little more and make them extra special. A tray of cookies pairs perfectly with a promotional mug, complete with tea bag and a copy of my latest book!
I hope you enjoy this tasty recipe. Join me next time for another edition of The Write Information.