Saturday, January 24, 2009

Chocolate Shortbread Hearts

I'm so excited because today I'm having my meeting with my paranormal group (I know you guys have read this on my profile). Sounds kinda geeky, I know but our group is so much fun. We actually investigate purported haunted places here in the Northwest. Anyhooooo...we haven't met since November because of the holidays so I'm excited to see everyone! We usually bring something to eat to share with the group so today I decided to make these gorgeous babies! Stella also wanted to watch. Can you see her?

Chocolate Shortbread Hearts
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon instant coffee crystals
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup butter

Combine flour, brown sugar, cocoa, instant coffee and cinnamon in a bowl and mix to combine. With a pastry blender cut butter into dry mixture until it resembles fine crumbs. Knead dough with hands until it forms a smooth ball. Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/4-inch thick. Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut dough. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 1 inch apart. Re-roll dough as necessary. Bake in preheated 325 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are set.

Chocolate Frosting:1/2 cup semisweet chocolate pieces1 teaspoon shortening
Combine chocolate and shortening in saucepan and stir over low heat until melted. Dip each cookie in chocolate and place on wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Let stand until chocolate sets.










Happy Baking!

27 comments:

Plum Bush Cottage said...

These sound great!

My daughter belonged to a paranormal group in Denver until recently. She really enjoyed it until the politics in the group became annoying. She loves to investigate haunted places. We went to Estes Park last fall and visited the Stanley Hotel which is supposed to be haunted. We are going to try to go back in June and stay in one of the haunted rooms so she can look for ghosts.

Noodlegirl said...

OMG that looks so good I want to try make it! Paranomal I will be can't wait to hear what happened.

Anya said...

Hi
What is that delicious !!!!!!
I love chocolate biscuits yummmmie
I see you on Monday, (Kareltjes birthday),Than I can taste a biscuit hahaha..........

April said...

Michele,

I think I've just gained a few pounds looking at those cookies...yummy!

How neat that you're involved in a paranormal group. How you ever seen a real "ghost" or something you just couldn't explain? I would love for you to share some of your experiences with us!

Lorri said...

My son is a member of a group here in Northeast Tx. I havent got to attend any of the investigations, but would like to. We lived in a haunted house for several years and I guess that is why he is so interested in it.We also stayed in a haunted hotel on our honeymoon. THe Crecent Hotel in Eureka Springs. Have a great meeting.
Lorri

Teresa R said...

What a wonderful recipe - chocolate on chocolate! LOL!

I also like how you sneaked Stella in there!

Have fun at your meeting. :)

Diane said...

They're beautiful & I bet they're sooo delicious! I'm eager to hear about your groups adventures. ♥

Kelly said...

Those look really good~
I didn't know you were into paranormal...how cool is that? have you ever seen ghosts?

Heather said...

those look so yummy! have fun at your meeting!

soulchocolate@hotmail.com said...

Oh Yum! These hearts look completely delicious! I am sure the group members will thoroughly enjoy these! I know I would!

Dawn said...

Ohhh someone is baking! I love that you are baking and adding to your blog. Fun wasn't it?
You know you would love my area, there are so many paranormal groups around here because there are soooo many haunted houses in my town.

Tracey said...

Oh Michelle,, I love your receipe and the wonderful Heart shaped cookie cutter and how you decorated the cookies. I may have to break down and make some..by the way stop by the blog to get an award you deserve so much.. blessings to you..Tracey

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Michelle
Those cookies look delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Watch out that Stella doesn't eat them all!
Enjoy your meeting and catching up with your friends.
Lindsay

Daphine said...

YUM!YUM! These look delicious! That Stella sure likes to be the midst of things. lol! Cute pic of her mixed in with the ingredients. lol!

Melissa said...

Michelle,

These cookies look divine. Yum!!!

You are a woman of many surprises. I did not know that you belong to a paranormal group. I can't wait to hear about your meeting.

Happy Sunday.

Melissa

Patti said...

Michelle! The cookies sound wonderful and so festive too- what's not to love about shortbread and THEN make it chocolate!!! A paranormal group? would love to find out more about that- I LOVE that stuff. I have a group of friends who do too and we have gone on "fieldtrips" around Chicago- so very interesting! Enjoy your day! Patti

Sandy Michelle said...

Yummy! I laughed when I saw Stella hidden among the ingredients!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Fabulously X File-ish cookies!!!!

M ^..^

fairmaiden said...

Those are NOT on my diet!!! But they look divine. You make such pretty desserts. And there is nothing like sweets made from scratch. Kuddos to you! I'm sure your group will devour them. Chocolate is a girls best friend afterall.

Tea Time With Melody said...

Now THAT's what I like, an easy fast cookie recipe. They look yummy. Also, I like the pictures on your sidebar of your cats. They are just so cute. They look like they get along well too.

cathleen said...

Oh, yummy...there is nothing quite like the aroma of chocolate baking. I bought all the ingredients to make the turkey burgers for tomorrow night's dinner. Thanks for all these great recipes, dear Michelle!

Chatelaine said...

Oh, those chocolate shortbread hearts look fabulous! I am hosting a Valentine's tea at my home so I think I shall have to make those hearts for my guests.

That paranormal group sounds interesting. Do tell us more about it!

Hope your weekend was great!

Life with Kaishon said...

These look delectable! My husband would LOVE your group. He gets SO excited when Paranormal State is on. Have you seen that show about the Penn State students? Fascinating stuff!

texasdaisey said...

Oh yum. Those cookies are making me have a chocolate craving. Love the new look on your blog too. You have some really amazing pictures also. I always enjoy visiting here so much.
Debbie

Cheryl said...

Great receipe thanks for sharing and please share some of your stories sounds like a lot of fun
Peace and Blessings
Cheryl...Snatch Joy!

Lisa Michelle said...

Now I know why your blog is so sweet! Those cookies look so delish! Uh..did y-you say paranormal?

Zaroga said...

These look so good.

I grew up in a haunted house :-D