Happy Valentine’s to my readers! Whether you’re partnered or single, you are loved. I hope you take the time to make your day a bit special. If you’re looking to treat yourself, or your loved one(s) this Valentine’s Day, I’ve got the perfect, indulgent recipe to share with you! These Valentine’s Brownie Cookies are fudgy and chewy – a blissful combination of crinkled meringue with a decadent brownie centre. Drizzled with white chocolate and decorated with sprinkles, these cookies make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.
We are planning on visiting a Garden Centre for a coffee and a wander to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Luckily, some garden centres in the UK allow dogs to visit and Wilbur is reasonably well behaved if given treats. One observation about owning a dachshund (and perhaps other breeds!) is that you cease to be a couple and become a trio. Wilbur very much insists that affection be shared equally in our house. Actually, he wants all the affection. So, for all you dog owners, happy Valentine’s to your pooches too!
Tip for Successful Baking
The trick to getting chewy cookies with a glossy exterior is timing and temperature. I made two trays of cookies and I had a bit of extra batter left over. The third batch of cookies didn’t turn out nearly as well because the batter had cooled down and stiffened. The resulting cookies lost their meringue shine. If you weigh and assemble all of your ingredients beforehand, and stick to the timing, you should end up with deliciously decadent brownie cookies! For decorating, you need the white chocolate to be liquid so that you can drizzle it. I suggest holding the piping bag with a tea towel as it is quite hot. You then need to add your sprinkles on to the white chocolate drizzle before it cools, so that they will stick.
Valentine's Brownie Cookies
- 200g. Dark Baking Chocolate dark chocolate at least 50% cocoa solids, chopped
- 125g. Unsalted Butter cubed
- 150g. Caster Sugar
- 100g. Light Brown Sugar
- 2 Large Eggs
- 130g. Flour
- 3 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
- 1 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 1 Pinch Salt
- 100g. White Chocolate Chips
- Valentine's Decorations sprinkles etc.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and weigh out your ingredients.
- In a bain-marie (double boiler), melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally. Once fully melted and glossy, remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugars on high speed for exactly 5 minutes. You want to create a silky meringue-like consistency.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the sugar-egg mixture and mix on low speed until combined.
- In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients, sifting in the cocoa powder to remove lumps.
- Add the dry ingredients to the batter and mix briefly until combined with a spatula. Your batter will look like brownie mixture.
- Use a large spoon or ice cream scoop to place batter on prepared baking sheets. Cookies will spread so space them well apart.
- Cook batter immediately, otherwise the cookies will lose their glossy shell. Bake for 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 30 minutes on baking sheet. They will be very soft.
- Once the cookies have cooled, melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stirring every 20 seconds to avoid burning.
- Carefully put the melted chocolate in a piping bag and drizzle onto cookies in your desired pattern. Alternatively, you can dip the cookies.
- Sprinkle with Valentine's decorations!