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Box of Hearts (Be My Valentine)


  • 1 1/4 cups margarine or unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt if using butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • Gel red food coloring no flavor, Wilton


  • Cream margarine and icing sugar then beat in the egg and vanilla essence, on medium high speed
  • Beat in flour a cup at a time, on low-medium speed
  • Divide dough into two equal portions. Into one, add in cocoa powder and peppermint extract and into the other mix in a knife tip of gel food coloring (it's up to you if you'd like the cookies to be pink or red)
  • Cover each portions and let rest in fridge for 40 minutes
  • Roll the pink dough and with heart cookie cutter, make cookie cut-outs.
  • Roll chocolate dough and cut to strip(s) as shown on picture
  • Stack 3 hearts each time and with a knife, make a cut on the heart curve down to the middle, but not too long
  • Wrap chocolate dough strip on heart, and into the sliced/part.
  • Place these thick hearts in the freezer for half hour
  • Take out hearts and slice into cookies and back to the freezer
  • Preheat oven to 400 F, once beep, take out a cookie tray at a time, and bake cookies for 8-10 minutes
  • Let cool on rack completely
  • Enjoy :)