VALENTINE’S DAY + A SWEET GIVEAWAY

Triple Threat Chocolate Cookies | for the love of the south

When I was a little girl, I let people know how much I loved them by stretching out my arms as wide as I could while saying, “I love you dissss much….” Giggles and cooing commenced, and I smiled, knowing my audience of family and friends were well pleased. Now that I’m grown, my affection is shown over a cup of coffee and conversation, a sweet handwritten letter, or, more commonly, a plate full of goodies.

There is something about Valentine’s Day that always makes me exultant. Rose and crimson blossoms strewn across the markets, lovely angelic cards being sent to loved ones, and the best part of this holiday is the divine excuse to eat piles and piles of chocolate. Whenever I began to think of what to prepare on this special day, I immediately started thinking of chocolate. Since it is a natural aphrodisiac, I figured a triple chocolate cookie would be the best dessert to make for Michael (also known as a triple threat)!

Barefoot and giddy as a schoolgirl, I threw on my crinkled, linen waist apron and began tearing through bags and bags of chocolate. Chopping the deeply rich morsels while watching thin tatters of chocolate wrinkle and pucker under the weight of my knife gave me a pleasure all its own. Ella Fitzgerald kept me company as she continued crooning about “These Simple Things” in the background.

Triple Threat Chocolate Cookies | for the love of the south

I melted the chocolate gently, stirring the gravel-sized matte shards until they slowly but surely gave way and became a gleaming pool of silken chocolate. Adding the melted chocolate to the batter magically transformed the mixture to an almost mousse-like consistency. I was already in heaven. Once the cookies bake and cool to a lacelike chocolate crisp, the only garnish these beauties need is a crowning glory of smooth and shiny glaze.

These triple threat cookies are a lovely display of affection, satisfying whoever is on the receiving end. I gave a plate full to Michael and watched him bite off the edge of the cookie. It shattered under his teeth and chocolate crumbs tumbled down into the depths of our taupe couch. He looked at me in sheer satisfaction. With impeccable timing and a humble heart, I asked him how much he loved me. He smirked, stuck a cookie in his mouth and with his arms stretched out as wide as he could, he said, “I love you this much!” Be still my heart…

Mohawk Valley Raw Honey Giveaway | for the love of the south

{Because y’all are the bee’s knees, I’m giving away an array of wonderful Raw Honey from Mohawk Valley Trading Co. All you have to do is leave a comment below, letting me know your favorite Valentine’s Day sweet treat! The contest ends at midnight on February 16th, and the winner will be chosen and contacted on February 17th!} Congrats to Emily who is the winner of the raw honey!

(A little about Raw Honey from Mohawk Valley Trading Co.: If you are planning to use honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and aromatics.)

Recipe: Triple Threat Chocolate Cookies

Inspired by Bon Appétit

Note: You can use your favorite chocolate in this recipe whether it is milk, dark or bittersweet chocolate. Also, you can make this dough ahead and keep it in the fridge. I would keep it stored in a container rather than try and make a log out of the dough (trust me, it’s too soft)!

20 oz. of bittersweet chocolate, chopped, divided

¼ cup of all-purpose flour

1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon of kosher salt

1 ½ cups dark brown sugar, packed

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature

4 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Heat 8 ounces of chocolate in a heatproof bowl and set over a saucepan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has completely melted. Let cool slightly. Keep the saucepan out for melting more chocolate for the glaze.

Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together in a small bowl.

In a mixer fitted with a beater attachment, beat brown sugar and butter together on a medium-high speed until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Switch to a whisk attachment and add eggs, vanilla and sour cream and whisk just until combined. Gradually mix in melted chocolate, whisking for a few more minutes (the mixture will begin to resemble chocolate mousse at this point.) Stir in flour mixture, and fold in 8 ounces chopped chocolate. Cover and chill until firm, at least 30 minutes.

On a parchment-lined baking sheet, drop heaping tablespoons of dough about 2-inches apart. Bake cookies, rotating baking sheet halfway through, about 15-18 minutes. Let the cookies cool on baking sheets for 5 minutes (this will seem like an eternity but they are well worth the wait!) Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Melt the remaining 4 ounces of chopped chocolate in reserved bowl and set over reserved saucepan of simmering water. Let chocolate cool slightly and drizzle glaze over cookies. Eat immediately if you cannot help yourself any longer (and do not mind chocolate smeared across your face), and for the more patient souls, allow to set for 15-20 minutes.

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63 thoughts on “VALENTINE’S DAY + A SWEET GIVEAWAY

  1. Would love to see a few vegan friendly desserts! I love to make vegan desserts if possible. Last night, I made a vegan pear tart with a cardamom sugar glaze.

  2. Just discovered your blog and am loving it! I must say that, much as a love chocolate, a large glass of red wine is where I live on Valentine’s day! Hope yours is lovely!

  3. I ALWAYS MAKE CHOCOLATE COVERED LARGE MARSHMELLOWS AND PUT THEM IN HOT CHOCOLATE, WITH A SIDE OF HOMEMADE ALMOND BISCOTTI. FOR MY FRIENDS, I PUT THE COCO MIX AND MARSHMELLOWS ALONG WITH 2 BISCOTTI IN CUTE BAGGIES AS GIFTS. 🙂

    • Peggy,
      That sounds amazing! I love that tradition. I’ve always shared this holiday with family and friends as well! With the exception of this year, my hubby gets my undivided attention!
      X
      Amber

  4. Last year I made homemade hot fudge for vanilla ice cream and then put sliced strawberries on top. So good! I loved the thick hot fudge…so good

    • Neurula,
      Perfect! In the past, that was the dessert I would always serve after a heavy dinner. I usually made a great Italian feast for Valentine’s Day, and I would be too exhausted to make anything else. No one seemed to mind though! You can’t go wrong with those classic beauties!
      x
      Amber

  5. I am a Southern Valentine Birthday Baby and the classic Southern Brownies Recipe is magnificent! Fudgy and chewy with a touch of honey in the frosting, is a melt in the mouth Valentine simple desert.

    • Phyllis,
      My little sister is a Valentine Birthday Baby and I used to make her brownies for her birthday! I love that! I have never had honey frosting though… that sounds amazing! Happy Birthday/Valentine’s Day!
      x
      Amber

  6. Love the Valentine giveaway, so very thoughtful. I, like you, find chocolate absolutely irresistible. My very favorite sweet treat for the day of love has to be molten chocolate cake. I adore cooking it myself, however, this year I am going to my favorite “spot” to get one. It’s called “Hot Cakes” (Seattle, WA)…they serve little, individually sized molten chocolate cakes in tiny mason jars!!! So cute. A shared “hot cake” will be on the menu for my day of love.

    • Amy,
      LOVE! That sounds absolutely amazing! I want one too! Thanks so much for sharing that lovely Valentine’s Day sweet treat! I’ll be dreaming of it…Happy Valentine’s Day!
      x
      Amber

  7. Such a sweet story 🙂 it made me smile. Favorite valentine’s day treat? Cupcakes, with lots of fluffy frosting and maybe some sprinkles. Although the classic chocolate covered strawberries are pretty awesome too.

    • Maria,
      I’m so happy the story made you smile! There was a place where I used to live in Birmingham which had the most amazing cupcakes with mounds of frosting! One of my favorite flavors was their strawberry cupcake. Seriously, it was one of the best and it was the perfect Valentine’s treat, that and a triple chocolate cupcake!
      x
      Amber

  8. Dark chocolate covered almonds with a good cup of coffee. Or, alternatively, my mom’s chocolate pudding cake…with a good cup of coffee.
    P.S. Those cookies look divine!

  9. Wow, those triple chocolate cookies look divine! I actually love s’mores as a fun, romantic sweet treat on Valentines Day. Have a lovely Valentines Day!

    • Rie,
      Thanks so much! S’mores is such a great idea for Valentine’s Day. I don’t think a lot of people think of it as a romantic dessert but the combination of oozy chocolate, sweet, sticky marshmallows and crispy, crumbly crackers…that’s pretty romantic! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!
      x
      Amber

  10. I’m a sucker for a batch of decadent brownies…but if we’re being honest – I don’t need to use Valentine’s Day as an excuse. I can never resist a brownie!!

  11. I love your blog! It has helped inspire me to cook more often. My favorite Valentine’s Day sweet treat would have to be chocolate-covered strawberries!

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