Cookie 21 – Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

More pink cookies in honor of Valentine’s Day! I’m on a kick, I guess. This recipe is heavily inspired by this recipe at Chocolate, Chocolate and More so be sure to go check it out. I think Joan made a very versatile recipe and I encourage you to experiment with it! Aside from a slight negligible change here and there, I did change up the flavors for a raspberry vanilla cookie instead of a cherry white chocolate cookie, and dark chocolate chips instead of white chocolate.

I actually made this and last week’s cookies within two days of each other so my dad could take a bunch of cookies to share with his coworkers, and my dad was so kind as to bring me several bags of phenomenal Sta-Green garden soil because I am mere weeks from starting to turn up the soil for my 2013 garden. I’ve done some light reading to refresh and plan, picked out my seeds, and all I need is for the weather here in Kansas City to warm up a touch so I can get cracking. I’ll be starting my seeds in doors. This can’t happe nfast enough!

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

Yield: 4 dozen

Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cookies

Adorable pink raspberry flavored cookies with dark chocolate chips in honor of Valentine's Day. Use raspberry gelatin dessert (Jell-O) to get do this cute pink cookie recipe!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry gelatin dessert powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 ounces dark chocolate chips

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cream together the softened butter, sugar and raspberry powder in your KitchenAid with the paddle attachment.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat just until blended.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, vanilla pudding mix, baking soda and salt. Add the dry ingredients mixture to the batter in parts.
  5. Add the dark chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon or cookie scoop onto the cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to finish cooling completely.

Cookie 19 – Almond Spritz Cookies (Pink & Heart-Shaped for Valentine’s Day!)

As promised, the pink heart-shaped Valentine’s Day almond spritz cookies! These were made using my Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II Cookie Press again, and they’re again shaped like hearts. But this time they’re heart-shaped for Valentine’s Day, instead of for heart operations. Funsies! Last week I thought the basic spritz cookie recipe was a little plain, but it’s a great base recipe to add color, flavor, extracts, etc. to really customize the cookies festively for whatever occasion you want.

Almond Spritz Cookies

30 minutes

Cook Time: 9 minutes

1 hour

Yield: 100 cookies

Almond Spritz Cookies

Quick and easy cream cheese spritz cookie recipe, colored pink and shaped like hearts for Valentine's Day, and dusted with red and purple sugar.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 8 oz (1 cup) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, separated into yolk and white
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • Red food coloring
  • Colored sugars, sprinkles, etc.

Recipe Directions

  1. Soften the cream cheese and butter at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In your KitchenAid with the paddle attachment, beat the softened butter, softened cream cheese and sugar on medium for 2-4 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg yolk, vanilla extract, and a little red food coloring at a time until you get a rich version of the color you want, and beat just until blinded.
  5. Add the salt and baking soda. Then add the flour, about a half cup at a time, and mix on slow speed until blended.
  6. Fit your cookie press with your die plate of choice. I use the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II Cookie Press
  7. Roll about 1/4 of the cream cheese spritz cookie dough into a cylinder (flour your hands if you need to), insert into the tube and seal.
  8. Press cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Beat the egg white lightly with a fork. Brush the tops of the cookies with the egg white. (I find a basting brush to be too harsh, so I just used my fingers!) Sprinkle with your colored sugars or sprinkles of choice.
  10. Bake 9-10 minutes, or just until they start to brown lightly around the edges. I prefer them on the lighter side out of the oven, as they will continue to cook some as they cool.
  11. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes.
  12. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  13. Let the cookie sheet cool completely before pressing the next batch.

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