Right after Christmas, stores fill up with boxes of all sorts of Valentine treats. Large, elaborately decorated boxes of exquisite chocolates, chocolate roses and other treats line the aisles of many stores. Chocolate and Valentine’s Day go hand in hand.
Can you imagine Valentine’s Day without lots and lots of chocolate? Did you know that chocolate is thought to be an aphrodisiac? Supposedly, the chemicals in chocolate help put you in the mood for love. Whether this claim is actually true or not, chocolate is definitely an important part of Valentine’s Day. Let’s face it, chocolate just makes us feel good.
Although those commercially made treats can be delicious, nothing beats homemade goodies. Just the thought of someone taking the time to make something special is an aphrodisiac in itself. Let’s face it, chocl
If you need some ideas to get you started, here’s a cookie recipe that is sure to please. Full of chocolate and nuts too, if desired, this cookie will satisfy even the most devout chocoholic.
Double Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
24 oz chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans, if desired
Preheat oven to 375. Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a mixer bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing well. Gradually add the flour mixture until all is incorporated, being careful not to overwork the dough. Add the chocolate chips and nuts. Mixing by hand at this point is important. Just be sure hands are very clean or wear a pair of food safe gloves. However, be careful not to overwork the dough or the cookies may be tough. Just mix until everything is incorporated together.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for 9-10 minutes until just done around edges, but just slightly soft in the center. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes or so on baking sheet before moving to a cooling rack.
Makes about 5 dozen
Not in the mood to make cookies? Check our some of my other chocolate recipes:
Chocolate raspberry cheesecake balls
Chocolate and caramel cheesecake
Toffee with cherries and almonds
Need more chocolate?
If you would rather buy some exquisite chocolates, Broken Arrow is fortunate to have one of the best chocolate shops locally. For some of the best chocolate in this area, visit Nouveau Atelier de Chocolat, located at 205 South Main. They have a huge selection of chocolates and everything you need to make your own chocolate creations.