Happy Valentine | San Valentino
This great recipe comes to you from Ivonne, creator, foodie and blogger for Cream Puffs in Venice. When I found her blog I had an immediate connection to her as her roots are like mine, an Italian Canadian who loves to cook. But Ivonne is much more confident than I am in showcasing her work.
Here is one recipe that caught my eye!
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter, cut up
- 1 tablespoon red food colouring
- 3 ounces white chocolate (with cocoa butter), coarsely chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons shortening
- Finely chopped pistachios or rainbow nonpareils (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a food processor, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Cover and process the dough with on/off turn until combined. Add butter and red food colouring. Continue the on/off turn process until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Process until mixture just forms a ball.
On a lightly floured surface, knead dough lightly until nearly smooth. Roll or pat dough to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using a floured 1-1/2-inch round cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press scraps together and reroll.
Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until centers are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.
In a heavy small saucepan, melt white chocolate and shortening over low heat, stirring constantly. Dip half of each cookie into melted chocolate. If desired, sprinkle with pistachios or nonpareils. Let stand on waxed paper until set.
Makes about 24 cookies.
Plus, a popular love song, Fly Me to the Moon sung by Jason Mraz. His smoky style fits nicely with today’s theme of love.