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Experimenting with flavours, colours and style of food served at our place

Something sweet for Valentine’s Day


all the cookiesSince Mr Fussy prefers cookies I made a batch of Lilaloa’s  End-all chocolate cookie recipe.

I made a bit of a boo-boo. Imagine that. Instead of ¾ of a teaspoon of baking powder, I put in 1.5 teaspoons of baking powder. I just grabbed the wrong two spoon measures.

I was puzzled when my cookies spread since the blog post was adamant the cookies wouldn’t. Obviously I’ll have to make them again since I botched this batch. For all that, the spread wasn’t more than I’ve seen with other recipes.

tiny bitesThe cookie dough is really soft. There is a warning the dough will be soft, and you’re encouraged to refrain from adding extra flour if you’re going to chill the dough. I finally did as instructed 😉

I did my usual and rolled it out between two sheets of waxed paper and put the 6mm sheets of rolled dough into the fridge. The dough would have been in the fridge for more than 2 hours when I grabbed the first sheet to cut out. Before I had finished cutting out the last of the dough the cookies at the edge of the sheet had begun to soften making it a little tricky to pick them up and place them on the baking tray. I also popped them back into the fridge before baking them.

Cake lace decorations

Cake lace and chocolate transfer hearts

For all that they taste good. I didn’t add the shortening, I used all butter. I didn’t want the cookies to be soft. Since they usually last a whole week or more I didn’t want to get a sense that they’d softened and perhaps not as fresh as they should be. The cookies aren’t hard or crunchy by any stretch of the imagination so I’m not sure how soft the shortening would make them, if added.

As for the royal icing, I used the last of my Wilton meringue powder and was short a few grams, I made the balance up with dried egg albumen. I really didn’t think it would make a big difference, after all, I’ve made a full batch with egg albumen. That turned out fine, but it had a slightly odd taste.

wet on wetAnyway, the reason I’m making a note of all this, the royal icing didn’t set. I’ve never had that happen before. I didn’t realise until I was picking up the cookies and accidentally nudged one and then saw that the icing was more like marshmallow.

I haven’t asked Mr Fussy how he’s managing to pack a cookie up to take to work. I imagine it’s a bit messy.

The decorations are mostly based on the YouTube Amber from SweetAmbs made.

I haven’t given up on trying filigree, but it’s fair to say I still suck at it. I can’t understand why the piping settles so thick, I’m using a number 1 tip. Must practice at every opportunity.

hearts everywhere

Using the cake lace silicone mat as an impression mat with a fondant decorated heart

While we don’t really do the whole Valentine’s thing, well that’s not entirely true, we love an excuse to go out for dinner, we don’t do gifts, we do exchange cards. I’ll be in Hamilton (I know, I’ve mentioned it before) so I’m still trying to figure out how to get my card to Mr Fussy so it’s not thrown at him as I leave tomorrow morning.

Hope everyone has a nice day, whatever Valentine’s means to you. Cookies are good any day of the week!


4 thoughts on “Something sweet for Valentine’s Day

  1. With these beautiful offerings for your lovely man – I hope you were spoilt in return! I got taken to a rugby game and hamburgers on the way home – does that sound romantic? ha. I’m happy enough though – he’s a good man!

    • I don’t know if it’s my idea of romance (well the Rugby game) but it is what you make it, and spending time with the love of your life (even in a crowd) is always good 🙂 He made reservations at one of our favourite restaurants and since I only flew home Friday evening we had a lovely dinner out last night (Saturday), enjoying our favourite desserts. Win-win.

  2. Did you prefer these to Sweetapolita’s dark chocolate cookies? I’m going to be making a batch of chocolate sugar cookies soon and am torn between the 2 on which recipe to try. I use Sugarbelle’s for regular sugar cookies.

    • Hi Desiree. I’ve repeated Sweetapolita’s chocolate cookies but not Lilaloa’s. The recipe for Lilaloa is absolutely fine, but I find there’s a deep richness of chocolate flavour with Sweetapolia’s recipe, and that’s the only thing that sways me to Rosie’s recipe 🙂 Hope you enjoy making your cookies!

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