I'm not a big Valentines Day person, but Zack and I have both learned the hard way what happens when we decide to do nothing. So, we like to do something. Typically that means keeping it simple, but still making an effort to make each other feel loved and important even if this is our tenth (yes, tenth!) Valentines Day as a couple. In previous years we have gone out for dinner and drinks, but since we have an additional valentine with us this year (Owen!) I'm sure our plans will include cooking dinner at home and baking something if time permits. These cookies were a bit more laborious than my typical recipes are, but only because you have to let your dough cool a couple times. If you get antsy like I do I recommend making your dough in the evening and then letting it cool over night for the first round. When you're ready to bake them the next day continue the instructions.
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup chopped, toasted pecans
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 tablespoons dona chai
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Toast pecans on the stove over medium heat.
- Using a mixer and the paddle attachment mix together butter, sugar and vanilla.
- Add in flour, salt, pecans and almond extract and continue to mix.
- Wrap dough in plastic and place in refrigerator for at least one hour. (you can also let it sit in the fridge overnight if you'd prefer.)
- Remove from refrigerator and roll out on a floured surface to a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut with cookie cutter of choice ( I choose hearts since we're approaching valentines day, but it's up to you).
- Place cut dough on to a parchment paper lined baking sheet and set in the refrigerator for another hour - this made around a dozen cookies.
- Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool and glaze.
- While your cookies are baking make your glaze. Combine 2 tablespoons of dona chai with 1 cup of powdered sugar. If the glaze feels too thick add additional chai or water.