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Monday, January 3,2011

Sharing Valentine's Day Love

Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts

By Jenny Harper  

Prep: 20 minutes / Baking: 18 minutes
(Makes about 18 hearts with 2 1/2- to
3-inch heart cutter)


2  cups all-purpose flour 
1  teaspoon baking soda 
1  teaspoon salt 
1  cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 
 cup granulated sugar 
 cup packed brown sugar 
1  teaspoon vanilla extract 
2  large eggs 
2  cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels 
1  cup chopped nuts
 Metal or heat-safe heart cookie cutter(s) of desired   size(s), 1 inch in height 
Various icings, sprinkles, Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet   Chocolate Mini Morsels


I love that we have a day designed to celebrate love! And I enjoy finding creative ways to show the people in my life how much I care about them. This year, I’m sharing some ideas from the kitchen and from the heart so that you can put some extra L-O-V-E into your Valentine’s Day.
L for a love letter you write to someone special. Whether it’s a spouse, a child, or a dear friend, take some time to write down the reasons they are so special to you. It will be a gift they treasure for a long time.
O for organizing the family photos in a new way. Create a slide show on a DVD, a photo book or calendar, or even a family website where you can share pictures and stories with out-of-town loved ones. You’ll preserve old photos and help create new memories.
V for Valentine cookies like these Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts. They’re a simple way to share some love. Even the youngest bakers can help make them by pouring ingredients and using cookie cutters to make the heart shapes. Have fun decorating them with pink, red and white icing and Valentine sprinkles.
E for an elegant dessert like this Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Pie. It’s easy enough for anyone to make, yet pretty enough to show off at a Valentine’s Day party or a romantic dinner.


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