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Double chocolate Valentine cookie kisses

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Double chocolate Valentine cookie kisses

Whatever measure you use, just keep the proportions the same as below


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
  • Optional extras….candied fruit, like maraschino cherries Nutella or similar
  • OR melt choc chips into half a cup of condensed milk


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C).

2.Beat sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.

3.Add egg and vanilla; beat well.

4.Stir in flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder until smooth.

5.Roll dough into walnut-size balls and place 5 cm apart on ungreased baking sheets.

6.Get as creative as you like by pressing your finger in the centre to form a shape to hold candied fruit, walnuts, or extra choc chips

7. Mix nutella or similar with a little hot water and drizzle it over the cookie, covering any candied fruit or nuts. Optional — instead of hot water, use a little hot coffee or a little liquor like Baileys, amaretto, cointreau, brandy or whisky to the chocolate sauce.

If you use condensed milk, warm it gently with choc chips, then drizzle about a teaspoonful over the cookies.

8. Bake in the preheated for 10 minutes. Do not over-bake. The cookies should be a bit spongy. Cool on the baking sheets briefly and then put the cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.

Add a little sprinkle of sea salt or caramel shards while warm. Or adapt for Easter and top with a mini egg. Dust with icing sugar, if liked.