French Fridays with Dorie – Secret Valentine Cookie Swap

by Jessica on February 14, 2013

Broken Heart Chocolate Cookies from My Baking Heart

I love being a part of the ‘French Fridays with Dorie’ family. Almost five years ago, I began my baking journey, following along with other Dorie-lovers and posting ‘Tuesdays With Dorie’ treats on a weekly basis. We’ve shared our triumphs, our struggles, our yummy dishes and our kitchen fails. And through all that, we’ve become lifelong friends. To build upon those friendships, we’ve started these special blog swaps, of which I’m honored to participate.

So, for this secret swap, I received a bright red, round tin full of these delicious Broken Heart Chocolate Cookies and three adorable Valentine-themed dish towels from Kathy of Bakeaway With Me. The cookies were buttery, sweet and totally sinful… I say ‘were’ because the tin was emptied at a rapid pace! Good thing our Secret Valentines sent a copy of the recipe so I can make another batch of these for myself! Thank you, Kathy! And a special ‘thank you’ to Alice of A Mama, Baby & Shar-Pei in the Kitchen for organizing this super-sweet swap!

Broken Heart Chocolate Cookies from My Baking Heart

Broken Heart Chocolate Cookies


  • 24 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1-3/4 c granulated sugar
  • 2 lg eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 c all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 c cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/3 tsp ground pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 4-6 oz semisweet chocolate, melted


Cream the butter and sugar together. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Sift the dry ingredients together, then stir them into the butter mixture and beat until well incorporated. If mixture seems too soft, you can add up to 1/4 cup more flour. Divide the dough into thirds and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill well, at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a well-floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/8" thickness. Cut into hearts or your desired shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on a parchment paper-lined or greased cookie sheet. To make broken hearts, cut a zigzag into cookies (while baking, cookies will separate slightly to look like a broken heart). Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, then remove from oven to cool on wire racks. When the cookies are completely cool, drizzle some of the melted chocolate over each cookie.

Source: Bakeaway With Me

Valentine Funfetti Cookies by My Baking Heart

My ‘Secret Valentine’ cookies were sent to Stacey Chase, FFWD’s newest member. She has the recipe for these adorable Valentine Funfetti Cookies over on her new blog, Georgie and Hank, so check it out!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Geraldine Saucier February 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

The cookies look delicious:) A perfect cookie for Valentin’s Day.


2 Susan February 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Wow, Jessica – these are so grogeous & festive!

Wishing you love & happiness on your first Valentine’s Day as a wife! xoxo


3 Liz February 14, 2013 at 12:55 pm

These cookies sound amazing – especially with the added cayenne pepper! Puts a little heat in your Valentine’s Day! 🙂


4 Maggie February 14, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Both of these look delicious! Happy Valentine’s Day Jessica!


5 Kathy February 14, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Jessica, So glad you enjoyed the cookies! It was such a pleasure baking for one of the Doristas! The cookies you sent to your Valentine look so pretty and sound delicious! Happy First Valentine’s Day for you and your hubby!!


6 Mary Hirsch February 14, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Jessica, Why are they called “Broken” Heart Valentine Cookies? Do we need to ask Kathy? There’s nothing broken about those fabulous looking, beautifully decorated hearts. This must be an extra-special Valentine’s Day because it is the first one for you and your husband. May you enjoy many more and may you enjoy many more swaps and cooking with we Doristas.


7 Cher February 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Definitely no evidence of a broken heart from what I can say.
Gorgeous cookies sent and received.


8 Betsy February 14, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Looks great, Jessica! I love the pink sprinkles on the cookies, so pretty! All these cookies are making me so hungry. I hope you have a great Valentine’s Day!


9 Cakelaw February 15, 2013 at 6:50 am

Aww, the heart cookies that you received are so pretty. And the funfetti cookies that you sent are lovely too. Also love the teatowel that Kathy sent you.


10 Liz February 17, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Oh, such double deliciousness! I love what Kathy sent you and your funfetti cookies also look amazing! I better pop over and tell our newest member hello 🙂


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