During the Middle Ages, in the time of Geoffrey Chaucer, courtly love flourished and Valentine's Day was recognized as a day to give gifts to someone special. I will be making my grandparent's sugar cookie recipe to send to my loved ones, but today, I was thinking Chocolate!
Here are some more facts about Valentine's Day:
- Casanova ate chocolate to make himself more virile.
- Richard Cadbury produced the first chocolate for eating in the late 1800s.
- Over 35 million heart-shaped boxes are sold.
- $1 billion is spent on chocolate, just in the United States.
- 73% men buy flowers; 27% women, and 15% women send themselves flowers!
- Red roses was the favorite flower of the Roman Goddess, Venus--approx 110 million roses will be sold, mostly red.
- California produces 60% of the roses sold in the United States.
- The day is also celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.
- Verona, Italy, receives about 1,000 letters addressed to Juliet on this day.
2 1/2 T unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate bits
2 large eggs
2/3 cup superfine granulated sugar (if you can't find it in your grocery story, place sugar in a food processor and pulse several times to make a finer granule)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup King Arthur all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup bittersweet chips
Preheat oven to 350F-degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a double boiler (or a glass bowl over 1" water in a saucepan) melt the 1 1/2 cups of bittersweet chocolate bits and butter. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, using the whisk attachment, beat the eggs, sugar and vanilla together for 15 minutes until pale and "ribbons" of batter occur from the whisk.
Use a 1 or 2 tablespoon size scoop to drop cookies on the parchment paper, allowing about 2" of spacing between the cookies for spreading.
Peanut Butter butter cream
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
5 T unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-2 T heavy cream
In a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment or use a hand mixer, cream the confectioners' sugar, peanut butter, unsalted butter, and vanilla extract together. Scrape down the sides and add the heavy cream to make a fluffy butter cream.
Once cookies have cooled completely, frost the bottom of one cookie and top with another of like-size.
All You Need is Love" and I agree. These cookies are full of love and a great flavor combination.
I'm sending out love and warm hugs to all my friends and family who were in the path of the storm, Nemo. Enjoy!