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Chocolate Almond Heart Cookies Recipe

Adorable and simple. These sweethearts are a perfect gift for friends this Valentine’s Day… that is if they even make it out of your very own kitchen.

Cream together:

  • 2/3 c. shortening
  • 3/4 c. sugar

Add & beat together well:

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons almond extract (can replace with 1 T. vanilla & 1 T. water)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Hershey’s Cocoa – Special Dark
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven at 35oF and roll out chocolaty dough.

Use cookie cutters to make desired shapes. Small hearts are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

A lovely dough to work with.


Bake about 8-9 minutes. Don’t overbake as cookies will turn dry & crunchy instead of soft. Allow hearts to cool completely on a rack.

Frost cookies using the Wilton royal icing recipe, using the flooding method.

Add your favorite colors and designs. There is something lovely about light pink frosting that I cannot live without. Make a few days in advance to allow frosting to dry properly if you will be packaging your hearts.

Give away as soon a possible to those you love, lest you eat your hearts out.

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  1. Deanna, these adorable treats will make such great gifts….but as you said, they probably won’t make it out of my kitchen! … I’ll need to make a double batch! 😉 xo

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