Pretty much every single time I tell Musty that I am making cookies he says "Are you making SUGAR COOKIES???" Pretty much always, the answer is no. So, I got sneaky and decided to make him a little batch of his all-time-favorites for Valentine's Day. We aren't big-time celebrants of the holiday, but I can't resist recognizing my sweetie with some heart cookies.
I also made a big batch of the "Chewy Chocolate Raspberry Cookies" from Veganomicon. HELLO! Dang, these babies are out of this world. I freaking loved these, as did everyone who tried them. I saw on someone's blog that they thought the almond extract was a bit overwhelming, so I did 1.5 tsp vanilla and .5 almond extract. I thought they were perfect. I also accidentally used baking powder instead of baking soda, to no ill effect whatsoever. These cookies have a nice firm texture, but are deliciously chewy... like some sort of perfect little brownie puck. ooooh, I really loved 'em. We all did.
I made these for two reasons: to share with my grandpa on Valentine's Day, and to share with my yoga students. I love bringing cookies to class every once in a while... just to give people a happy little surprise after all that hard work. This year I really wanted to make a little treat for my grandpa, because this is his first Valentine's Day in 72 years without my grandma. Last time he didn't have a valentine, he was a freshman in college. Now, he is 91 years old. Isn't that amazing? So, after dinner, Musty and I went over to his house with some cookies. He was there with my aunt and her boyfriend, and my mom. It was fun little family time.
Whatever your take on Valentine's Day, I hope you had a nice day today!