Petite, sweet treats for Valentine’s Day
Looking for a yummy, unique way to say “Happy Valentine’s Day”? Beautiful, bite-sized, heart-shaped cakes offer a delicious solution.
Whether for your sweetheart, friends or family, or perhaps a special dessert for a romantic dinner, these tiny treats from the Wilton Test Kitchen will delight.
Enrobed in pastel icing, decorated with shimmering matching sugar pearls, these little gems are a cinch to make. Use a cake mix for convenience and bake in a petite heart-shaped silicone mold. Cakes pop right out of the mold after cooling (and the silicone is easy to clean after baking).
Icing the hearts couldn’t be simpler, even though it might appear that you need an expert hand. The secret? Ready-to-use decorator icing in a can.
Microwave the icing — in the can (one can at a time) — until it reaches pouring consistency, and tint with pastel icing colors. Pour over the cooled cakes to cover tops and sides, then arrange pearls on top. Perfect, Petite Pastel Hearts look bakery-beautiful, but are lovingly homemade. How special is that?
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Hearts
Prep: 20 minutes
Baking: 18 minutes
Makes about 18 hearts with 21/2- to 3-inch heart cutter.
21/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestl ® Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
Metal or heat-safe heart cookie cutter(s) of desired size(s), 1 inch in height
Various icings, sprinkles, Nestl ® Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line 15-x-10-inch jelly-roll pan with foil; lightly grease.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Spread dough into prepared pan.
Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan with foil handles to cutting board. Cut out hearts with cookie cutter(s). Remove hearts while peeling away foil.
Decorate as desired.