Merenda Chocolate Cookies

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Like most kids, my girls both have a sweet tooth, but I try not to pump them full of sugar if I can help it. However, when the younger one asked me to make chocolate cookies – she’s two years old and pronounces it “toc-o-late too-tees” – how could I say no?

I decided to try a recipe with chocolate spread (Merenda in Greece where I live, but Nutella in the UK and USA, I believe). I used one from Sally’s Baking Addiction which has the chocolate spread swirled through the cookie dough and it was delicious! The only thing I changed was the chocolate chips. Whenever I make chocolate cookies, I never use ready-made chocolate chips. I prefer to chop up a bar of chocolate – it’s a bit more work, but worth it for chunkier chunks of chocolate!

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I didn’t decorate the tops with chocolate chips and salt as the original recipe suggests either – but nobody seemed to mind!

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Cookies and milk, anyone?

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Make it!

Recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction.

 

Cupid’s Cookie Pops

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Hello again! I’m back with some more sweet Valentine’s inspiration for you: Cupid’s Cookie Pops! They’re sugar cookies coated in chocolate, and what’s not to love about that? I made them extra-appetising by decorating half the batch with more chocolate and the other half with sugar strands.

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Needless to say, the ones with sugar strands were my kids’ favourites. (They are excellent for bribery, too, by the way – they tidied their room without a fuss and ate spinach risotto just to get at them!)

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The other half of the batch look slightly more sophisticated. I gave a few as gifts, bagged and tied with a pink ribbon. Most of the rest are inside me!

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Make it!

I’ve spent many a night tinkering with sugar cookie recipes I found online and I’m pleased to share the results with you! To make these cookies, you’ll need a heart-shaped cookie cutter, a rolling pin, some wooden lollipop sticks and baking trays covered with baking parchment.

Click to download the recipe cupids-cookie-pops-recipe.