adorable tiny heart cookies go perfectly with any ‘granola’ type combination of cereal. These can be made two ways: a classy, chocolate version and a more kid-at-heart cutesy multi-colored vanilla cookie. Perfect to give as gifts to friends, family or store in the pantry for a special treat for yourself.
To me, the best way to spoil or show a loved one appreciation is through food. I always ask my husband what cake he’d like me to bake him for his birthday and what dessert he wants for valentine’s (dear god, this year he asked for flan which I’ve never made before so we’ll see how that goes!) and I bake my friends their christmas gifts (this year there was some apple cider caramel ice cream and some pomegranate curd filled donuts..YUM). But obviously, of course I would think this is how you show love. I suppose if I were a knitter a blanket would be in tow?
And now that I have a little one at home, I’m finding greater joy in these baked-for-occasion projects. After all the christmas cookie making, my two year old has become pretty savvy with her little roller and sometimes asks me to make her cookie dough for no reason other than she wants to ‘work’ with it (and no, play dough doesn’t cut it with her lol). So this is how we found ourselves making the teeniest tiny heart cookies which we then turned into a cookie cereal – a la molly yeh’s new year’s cookie cereal which I thought was too cute for words.
I have two variations for you: one vanilla and oat flavored, colored to resemble valentine’s conversation hearts, and another chocolate heart cookie variation with meringues. We saved the second variation as an early valentine’s gift for my husband who really loved how the chocolate and meringues mixed together to flavor the milk. Whichever you choose to make, I hope whoever you make it for (including yourself obviously!) loves it as much as we did!
adapted from mynameisyeh
Preheat oven to 350. Beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add salt and vanilla, beat to combine. Add egg yolks, beat for another 2-3 minutes. Add flour and cocoa with mixer on low and let run until just combined. You can use flour, but when working with chocolate I like to use cocoa to dust my surface. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness and cut out shapes, repeat with remaining dough. Bake for about 6 minutes.
this is a canvas on which you can really make your own cereal. Add 1 cup of nuts, 1 cup of a dried fruit, and 1 cup of something else (coconut chips for example or do more nuts and dried fruit). I did without the chocolate chips molly used but this is obviously up to you. I also added edible dried roses to mine and omgosh, how romantic does it all look together?