Stamped Chocolate Sugar Cookies for Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you!  I love making cookies for Valentine’s Day, and for a long time made sugar cookies to celebrate the occasion.  I used to make a nice sugar cookie topped with chocolate because who doesn’t LOVE chocolate for Valentine’s Day?  Then came Pinterest … I ran across this wonderful pin from Brown-eyed Baker for a wonderful looking chocolate sugar cookie.  This cookie is AMAZING, and fits Valentine’s Day perfectly!

CookieStampOne thing to note about this cookie is that it is very rich … I found it was hard to eat these with icing (I really don’t like super sweet things).  So this year I decided to use cookie stamps to make these pretty on top so that I wouldn’t have to use icing for decoration.

What are cookie stamps?  My stamps are ceramic stamps with designs recessed into them so that it will be raised on the cookie after stamping. I borrowed my mom’s set, she made them years ago when she had a ceramic shop in our backyard and taught ceramic classes.  It was a full-blown operation … my dad mixed the mud in the “mudhouse” and poured molds and they had a kiln!  My parent’s house is full of wonderful pieces that she made during those years and these are part of that collection.  You can also get some off Amazon, I have a link below to Amazon to search for stamps.  These work well on recipes such as shortbread or sugar cookies without leaven (baking powder/soda).  So this Chocolate Sugar Cookie recipe was perfect for stamps!

So I made my dough, chilled it for about an hour, and then rolled it out.  It took quite a bit of muscle to get started so if you are making this with kids you will probably want to help them out with this part.

2014-02-13 17.28.24-2Then to make perfectly round cookies, I stamp on the dough and then use a round cookie cutter around my stamp.  Before stamping, I brushed the stamp with a bit of oil to keep it from sticking.  I only had to do it once per batch, and it only needed a little bit.

2014-02-13 17.38.32Out comes a perfectly round stamped cookie! Isn’t it cute?

2014-02-13 17.39.16Next, I get them ready to bake.  I mixed this batch with both stamped and heart-shaped cookies for Valentine’s Day.  Oh yes, and the parchment paper.  I love it!

2014-02-13 17.50.01After baking, since this is a dark cookie I sprinkled these with powdered sugar and then tap them on the mat to give it a light dusting, and make the impression stand out.

2014-02-14 07.40.112014-02-14 07.40.37See?  It makes the butterfly stand out a bit and does not add too much sweetness to the cookie.  They are fine without also, take a look:

2014-02-14 07.41.04-1So there it is — this year’s Valentine’s Day goodies from the Rhodes home.  Hope you have a great day and are able to enjoy it with the ones you love!

Click here to get Brown-Eyed Baker’s Recipe for Chocolate Sugar Cookies. 

Search for Cookie Stamps on Amazon by Clicking Here!

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