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Mocha Hearts

Mocha Hearts Recipe

Makes about 108

Ingredients

For the hearts:

2 tablespoons instant espresso powder

1 tablespoon water

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the drizzle:

2/3 cup powdered (confectioners') sugar

2 teaspoons water

red food color: gel, paste, or powder

Method

Preheat oven to 350 F.
In a small bowl, stir together the espresso powder in
the water to
dissolve the espresso powder.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa
powder,
nutmeg and salt until well blended.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter,
sugar, egg
and vanilla on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in
the dissolved
espresso. Stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until well blended.

Spoon the
dough into a cookie press fitted with a heart-shaped disk. Press the dough out
onto
ungreased baking sheets, spacing the cookies about 1 inch apart.
Bake the cookies
for 12
minutes or until they are dry. With a metal spatula, transfer cookies to wire
racks to cool
completely.

Make the drizzle:

In a small bowl, stir together 1/3 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon of the
water until
smooth and a good drizzling consistency.
In a second bowl, wisk together the
remaining
1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon of water, and red food color until smooth,
evenly
colored and a good drizzling consistency.
Spoon each color into a self-closing
plastic bag.

Snip a tiny corner off of each bag, and drizzle both colors over cookies. Let
the cookies
stand at room temperature until the drizzles are dry. Store in an airtight container
at
room temperature for up to 1 week.
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