Valentine’s Day is a big deal around our house for the kids, and although Eric and I have never done much to celebrate the day between the two of us, we do like to make it special for them. We help them put together fun Valentine’s for their classmates (nothing Pinterest worthy by any stretch…) and treat them with something special – usually homemade cookies or brownies of some kind and individual little chocolate boxes. We also fill our candy jar with conversation hearts or gummy candies during the few weeks leading up to the day and put out some decorations. That’s about the extent of our celebration, but it works for us. The kids enjoy a special day and Eric and I don’t stress over doing too much or making too big of a deal of the day.
Even with our modest celebration, I’ll admit to loving to make special, themed treats, whether for the kids at home or to share with their classmates. These Valentine’s Day Frosted Chocolate Cookies are some of my favorite to make because they’re delicious and fun to decorate! You can top them with any Valentine-themed candy that you want to add your own personal touch.
- For the Cookies
- 1 c. butter or margarine, softened
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 3/4 c. brown sugar
- 1 t. vanilla
- 1 egg
- 2 1/4 c. flour
- 1/4 c. cocoa powder
- 1 t. baking soda
- 1/2 t. salt
- 1 c. chocolate chips
- For the Frosting
- 1 c. butter or margarine
- 3 c. confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 t. almond extract
- 1/4 t. vanilla extract
- 2 -3 T. milk
- Red food coloring, optional
- Optional Garnish
- Valentines-themed candies
- In a mixing bowl, beat the butter or margarine and sugars together until fluffy. Add the vanilla and egg and beat an additional minute.
- In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Slowly add to the mixing bowl and stir just until combined. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
- Roll heaping tablespoons of dough into a ball and place on baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-11 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
- While the cookies cool, beat butter or margarine, confectioners’ sugar, and extracts until light and fluffy. Add enough milk to achieve frosting consistency. Add red food coloring to achieve desired color (a few for pink, more for red), if you’d like.
- Once the cookies are completely cooled, frost and top with candies of choice, if desired.
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