Talk Of Alabama: Valentine’s Day Sweets

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Homemade Love

Crafting a Valentine’s Day mailbox was my very favorite grade school activity. Food aside, scissors, construction paper & glue have always been my medium of choice. Forget the sweetheart notes from classmates that would appear inside. My eyes went googly for the tricked out Nike Cortez box… Hot pink hearts. Red bows. Hearts & more hearts. Celebrate the day with the whole family & get creative. Make your own boxes, cards, cookies & desserts for one another.

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rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickMini Cappuccino-Chocolate Truffle Cakes
makes 6 servings

Warm-from-the-oven flourless chocolate cakes
topped with coffee ice cream & a smidgen of ground cinnamon
create a cappuccino-kissed creme anglaise over the dessert surface as it melts.

5-oz bittersweet chocolate morsels {about 3/4 cup}
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp strong brewed coffee
1/3 cup sugar
3 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 eggs
Coffee ice cream & ground cinnamon
Buttermilk Shortbread Hearts

Microwave the chocolate, the butter & the coffee in a large glass bowl
on HIGH power for 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds or until melted and smooth.

Whisk in the sugar & the cocoa, blending until combined.
Add the eggs & whisk until smooth. Cover & chill 4 to 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Lightly grease 6 {3-oz} espresso cups or ramekins.
Portion the batter between the cups and bake on a half sheet pan for 16 to 20 minutes
or until the top is set & the internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees.
Remove from the oven. Cool 10 minutes.

Top with coffee ice cream & a light dusting of cinnamon.
Serve with Buttermilk Shortbread Hearts.

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rebecca gordon buttermilk lipstick Southern Recipes & How To's Easy Tailgate Recipes RebeccaGordon ButtermilkLipstickButtermilk Shortbread Hearts
makes about 5 dozen

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
3 Tbsp whole buttermilk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup ap flour
Pinch of kosher salt

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Cream the sugar, the butter, the buttermilk & the vanilla
with an electric stand mixer on Medium speed until creamy.

stop the mixer on occasion & scrape down the bowl sides with a rubber spatula

Add the flour & the salt.
Blend on Low speed just until the dough comes together.

Roll the dough to a 1/4-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface.
Cut heart shapes with a 1 3/4-inch cutter.
Place on parchment paper-lined cookie sheets.
Repeat until all of the dough is cut.

expect a soft dough
you can refrigerate briefly if you need to

Bake the filled pans, in batches, on the center rack for 18 to 22 minutes
or until golden brown on the cookie bottoms.
The tops should be pale in color.
Cool completely on the pans, about 30 minutes.

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Homemade Valentine Exchange
add a message & give these sweets to friends

Buttermilk Shortbread Arrows

Cut away 1/3 of about 60 wooden coffee stirring sticks using scissors. Set aside.
Prepare & cut the Buttermilk Shortbread Hearts cookie dough as directed.

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Insert the round end of the coffee stick into the center of each heart where the curves meet.
Using your thumb & forefinger, gently press the pointed end of the heart to form a sharper arrow.
Place up to 2-dozen per parchment paper-lined cookie sheet.
Bake & cool as directed.

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Cut 1 1/4-inch x 2 1/2-inch rectangles from brown craft card stock.
Punch two holes in the center on each end.
Weave the end of the stick through the holes.

Cut hearts from craft paper.
Glue the hearts to the end of the rectangles to resemble arrows.
Wrap the cookie portion of the arrows in small clear treat bags & tie with twine.

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One easy make-ahead batter yields all of your fine dining dessert addictions

The 411

Three Ways To Rich & Fabulous
The dessert texture is all in the bake time

Bake 16 minutes or until glossy & just set on top.
Warm, chocolate molten madness.

Truffle Temptress
Bake 18 minutes or until slightly puffed.
Slightly set in her ways with a smidgen of soft-set chocolate in the center.

Classic Flourless Chocolate Cake
Bake 20 minutes for a cake that is completely set in the center.
Let stand 10 minutes.
Run a knife around the cake to invert onto a dessert plate.

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