Last year we celebrated Leon's birthday at Liquid Laundry which is more known for their beers than their chocolate desserts.. So I got permission to bring my own heart shaped chocolate brownies for the birthday crew. I'm not a big baker but I just find that homemade cakes are cakes made with love (especially when they are heart shaped)!
As I had good success as an amateur baker last year I decided to bake something with love & hearts again this year. Instead of Brownies I decided to make cookies! Cookies are so easy to make and not least: so difficult to mess up.
I visited Expat Cuccina to get some inspiration for the recipe (I like to experiment with my own favorite ingredients). Expat Cuccina is one of my favorite Shanghai cooking blogs and as the author Dani is quite a cookies addict she has lots of different cookie recipes - check them here.
In my opinion you basically just need dark chocolate, something heart shaped and the rest can be improvised. Oh and wine, never bake without a wine.
Ingredients (20 cookies)
100 gram dark chocolate - chopped
5 tbsp unsweeten cocoa powder
3 tsp baking soda
3 teaspoon coconut oil
50 g Shredded coconut
50 gram hazelnuts - whole or chopped
50 gram oats
3 tsp honey
Topping: milk chocolate, shredded coconut, dark chocolate
Mix the ingredients in a bowl, leave in fridge for 1 hour and then form into hearts. It's super cute to make different sizes and different toppings but remember to bake the cookies together with equal sized so the cooking time is the same. They only need around 10 minutes at 180 degrees!
If everything fails or you just need a back-up plan (like me)... I strongly recommend you to try Shanghai's cutest treat: Babycakes. It's cupcakes made with the finest imported ingredients by the American expat Jodi. Visit her website here - be prepared to crave cupcakes until you receive your delivery! Such a cute way to treat the ones you love and if you ever get a change to meet Jodi you will definitely feel this treat is made with love as well because she is adorable!