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Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cookies

It is officially the month of amore, with Valentine’s Day lurking just around the corner and it makes us all go a little heart shaped crazy. Not everyone is a fan of Valentine’s Day. It can be a bit commercial and overdone, but what I love about these cookies in particular is that you really don’t necessarily need a Valentine to make and enjoy these cookies. Go ahead and make them for yourself…self love, am I right?!

I always look at Valentine’s as a time to show just about anyone I love how much they are appreciated. I don’t like a whole lot of fanfare and grand gestures, but these cookies are an inexpensive and touching way to show you care. I pick up a heart shaped container from the Dollar General store, along with a bag of Valentine’s Day edition M&M’s, make a batch of these cookies and call it a day.

I always like to use a good peanut butter dough for this recipe, because it has some heft and will hold its shape really well for these particular cookies. You want them to look like hearts once they are baking, as opposed to amorphous blobs, and consistency of peanut butter cookie dough allows this to happen. This also means that you do not need a cookie cutter or any fancy tools, just your own two hands. The result is a really cute, rustic and homemade shaped heart that I find particularly endearing.

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Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cookies

Kristen
These sweet little treats are the perfect blend of salty and sweet, with a hand sculpted heart shape that makes the perfect homemade Valentine's gift.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Cooling Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 8 large cookies

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups/Spoons
  • Hand Mixer (optional)
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Large Baking Pan
  • Parchment Paper or Silicone Baking Mat

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 3/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 egg large
  • 1⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp fine salt
  • ½ cup packed, dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup Reese's peanut butter chips optional, but delicious

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Line baking sheet/s with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt (or use a sifter to evenly mix) and set aside.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, cream together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar with an electric hand mixer until combined and creamy.
  • Mix peanut butter into the wet mixture with the hand blender, then add vanilla and egg and mix just until incorporated. (don't over mix as this changes the texture of the cookie).
  • Slowly mix in the dry mixture using a hand spatula. You can mix in peanut butter chips during this final step as well, if you desire.
  • Use a 1-1½ Tbs. ice cream scooper to scoop out uniform size cookies and place them aside onto a plate. Roll each cookie into a ball and press down flat.
  • Using your finger, shape the indent for the top of the heart and shape the bottom into a V-shape, so that it resembles a rustic heart. (The dough is firm and should allow you to manipulate it a bit into the shape needed.)
  • Place formed heart cookies onto baking sheet (about 8 per sheet) giving them roughly an inch of space in between. Sprinkle them with sugar to top.
  • Bake at 350℉ until golden and slightly browned at edges, about 12 minutes (ensures the desired slightly chewy texture in the center).
  • Place on wire rack to thoroughly cool before placing in the tin of your choice sprinkle a few Valentine's Day candies in with the cookies, and finish with a bit of ribbon.
Keyword Holiday Recipes, Peanut Butter, Peanut Butter Cookies