Makes about 108
Ingredients for the Hearts:
Espresso Powder (instant) 2 tablespoons
Water 1 tablespoon
Flour (all-purpose) 2-1/4 cups
Cocoa Powder (unsweetened) 1/4 cup
Nutmeg (ground) 1/2 teaspoon
Salt 1/2 teaspoon
Butter (unsalted) 1 cup at room temperature
Sugar (granulated) 1 cup
Egg 1 number
Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon
Ingredients for the Drizzle:
Confectioners’ Sugar (powdered) 2/3 cup
Water 2 teaspoons
Red food colour in gel or powder or paste form
Method of Preparation
Heat the oven and bring it to 350 F. Add espresso powder and water in a small bowl and stir together well to get the espresso powder dissolved. Add flour, nutmeg, cocoa powder and salt to a medium sized bowl ad whisk together till you get a well-blended mixture.
Now add egg, sugar, butter and vanilla to a large bowl and beat together for 3 to 4 minutes. Beat together with a medium speed till you get a fluffy and light mixture. Now add the beat in espresso.
Now add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and blend well by stirring well. Using a spoon put the dough into a cookie press fitted with a heart-shaped disk. Space your cookies with 1 inch apart after pressing the dough out onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake the cookies approximately for 12 minutes till you get your cookies dry. Transfer the cookies with a metal spatula to wired racks for thorough cooling.
Steps for making the drizzle:
Add 1/3 cup of powdered sugar and water to a small bowl and stir together till you get a good and smooth drizzling consistency. Add the remaining 1/3 cup of the powdered sugar, red food colour and 1 teaspoon of water to an another bowl and mix well till you get an evenly coloured, smooth and a good drizzling consistency. Use a self-closing plastic bag and spoon in each colour.
Drizzle both colours over the cookies after snipping tiny corners off in each bag. Allow the cookies to stand at room temperature till you the get the drizzles totally dry. Use airtight containers for storage and store it at room temperature for a week.
You will be able to make around 108 numbers of Mocha Hearts with the above quantity of ingredients.