Sunday, May 16
Chocolate Love Cookies!
They say "action speaks louder than words," well, I have them both covered this year. Friday was P and my 4 year anniversary. We just moved to a new area so we were really unsure of where we should go or what we should do. P literally spent 2 hours on City Search looking up restaurants. He had one picked out and had no idea what it would be like but we decided to try it out. After a long day of hint-dropping, P finally gave in and took me to a farmers market grocery store that I have been dreaming of going to since I found out we were moving to Dallas. It was great! Everything I expected, I could have literally tip-toed through the entire store I was so giddy. You know how kids get excited and stand on there tippy toes and jump around?! Well, call me a little school girl because that's exactly how I was. P didn't get too excited until we hit the meat section...then his dreams of being as good as his dad at grilling come alive. That's when we switched all our plans and decided to stay in. We got two all natural, grass fed, steaks and some fresh produce and were happier than peached plums. (i know that doesn't make sense and haven't a clue where i got it from) P got to test out the apartment grills (our only avenue for grilled food) and I had fun in the kitchen...as always!
All that and, WE DIDN'T TAKE A PICTURE!! Believe me, I wanted to, but for my husband's sake (after seeing his face when I exclaimed "picture time!" once we had our plates made, you would have understood!) we didn't. I guess this anniversary meal will go "unpublished". As far as the fun treat I made him....that's another story! :)
Soft Chocolate Cookies (perfect for royal icing decor)
recipe by Good Things Catered
1 1/2 c. butter
1 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 1/2 c. flour
1 c. cocoa powder
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
Powdered sugar, for rolling
1. In bowl of stand mixer, add butter and sugars and beat until light and fluffy in texture, about 3 minutes.
2. Add eggs one at a time, mixing thoroughly. Add vanilla extract, beating to combine.
3. Sift in flour, cocoa powder baking powder and salt a little at a time. Be careful not to over mix, this process should take about one minute. Place dough in fridge for at least 30 minutes or up to a week.
4. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment.
5. Roll cookies out to 1/2 inch thickness, cut to desired shape and place on parchment. Place baking sheet in oven bake cookies for 7-8 minutes (8 minutes for 3.5 inch circles and 4 minutes for mini ones).
6. Wait until cookies are cooled completely before icing.
I made these into tags that said a reason I loved him on each one...I must say, it was hard to just choose 19 (how many cookies I made). It has been fun to pull out a couple every night at dessert time. It's like a gift that keeps giving. :) I totally encourage anyone to make something like this, or at least list out attributes you love about your significant other...it made me realize, again, (sometimes i forget) what a blessed woman I am!