Chocolate Chip Cookies 2 Ways + Cookie Cutter Fun

I have been really wanting to try to make these adorable cookies with the heart embedded in them!  I am super impressed but these but guess what?  They aren’t hard to make at all!  Here are 2 chocolate chip cookie recipes to try while experimenting with your cookie cutters!  (Although the chips kind of make it hard to cut out so sugar cookies might work better.)

{Oops, I broke one!}

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

This recipe is adapted from Martha Stewart’s Double-Chocolate Brownie Bites.  Just substituted some ingredients so they are vegan-friendly.

– 1 cup whole wheat flour
– 1/2 cup oat flour or AP flour
– 1/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
– 3/4 tsp baking soda
– 1/2 tsp coarse salt
– 1 stick vegan buttery spread, such as Earth Balance
– 1/2 cup packed dark-brown sugar
– 1/2 cup agave nectar
– about 1 1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
– 1/4 cup sugar, for coating (optional)

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly greased foil.

In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt.

Beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.  Add agave nectar and beat until well combined.

With the beater on low, slowly add the flour mixture and beat until well combined.

Add chocolate chips and mix.

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

If not using cutters: If using coating sugar, drop spoonfuls of dough into sugar.  Roll to coat, shaping them into balls.  If not using sugar, just shape the dough into balls.  Place on baking sheet about 1″ apart.  Bake until tops are cracking and cookies are just set, about 9 minutes.  Let cool and serve!

If using cutters: You may want to leave it in the refrigerator for about an hour or until it is firm.  Lightly flour work surface.  Roll out dough to about 1/4″ thickness.  Cut out with cutters.  If using coating sugar, press the tops of the cookies in the sugar.  Place on baking sheet about 1/2″ apart.  Bake for about 9 minutes until cookies are just set.

This dough does not spread too much, when I used the cookie cutters it kept the heart shape very well!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is actually adapted from a chocolate chip cookie recipe I have tried and posted about in the past.  Just wanted to try to use whole wheat flour more so substituted some of the AP flour for WW flour this time around.

You will need an electric mixer for this recipe.

– 1 cup of vegan butter/margarine, softened
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
– 1 tsp vanilla
– 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
– 3/4 cup oat or AP flour
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 to 1 1/2 cup non-dairy chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly greased foil and set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the margarine and sugars until light and fluffy.  Slowly add the non-dairy milk and vanilla.  To this, stir in with a wooden spoon the flour, salt, and baking soda until everything is well incorporated.

Fold in chocolate chips.

If not using cookie cutters: drop spoonfuls onto non-stick cookie sheets and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges start to turn golden brown.  Let cool and serve.

If using cookie cutters: refrigerate the dough until firm so it is easier to handle.  Lightly flour your working surface.  Roll out the dough to about 1/4″ thickness.  Cut out dough with cutters and place them on baking sheet about 3/4″ apart.

FYI- this dough does spread a bit which enlarges whatever shape you are cutting out.

If you want the cookies to come out exactly like the cutters, take the dough and roll it out into a big rectangle about 1/4″ thick.  Bake the entire rectangle.  When it is done but still soft, take your cookie cutters and cut out your shapes then for sharper points and edges.

Embedded Heart Cookie How-To

Roll out both types of dough you are using and cut out circles out of the dough.

Cut a heart on the center of each circle cookie.  You can put the heart in the center of if using a smaller heart cutter you can get creative and cut out the heart on the side or bottom of the cookie instead of the center.

Swap the hearts so each cookie is made of both types of cookie dough

That’s it!

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