HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! This week I tweaked my standard Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits recipe (posted on 4/17/12) to make dog-themed “conversation heart” cookies to send as valentines to my four-legged friends.
I followed the posted recipe, cutting the cookies out with a 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. To ensure that the cookies bake flat enough to neatly pipe the writing onto them, it’s essential to dock the dough by gently poking it a few times with the tines of a fork. This will help keep air bubbles from puffing up as the cookies bake. Using my cookie cutter, the recipe yielded about 45 cookies that needed to be baked for about 15 minutes at 350°F.
While the cookies are baking, prepare the icing that you’d like to use. I melted plain yogurt chips because the white color contrasted nicely with the color of the cookies and made the writing stand out. If you’d like, you could use melted carob chips or natural peanut butter chips instead. The method used to melt them is essentially the same.
Bring a small pot of water to a simmer over medium to medium-high heat. Place the yogurt chips in a glass or metal bowl just large enough to fit on top of the pot of simmering water. Place the bowl on top of the pot. Be sure to stir frequently with a rubber spatula as the yogurt chips melts to prevent them from scorching. Be very careful, because if the yogurt gets overheated and scorches it becomes virtually inedible.
The water should stay at a simmer. If it begins to boil enough to actually touch the bottom of the bowl, remove the bowl from the pot and turn down the heat to establish a simmer before replacing the bowl. Be sure to remove the bowl from the heat as soon as the yogurt coating is completely melted.
Transfer the melted icing to a piping bag fitted with a small, round piping tip. Once the cookies are completely cool, pipe on Valentine’s Day sayings or whatever messages you like. Unless you make much larger cookies, the sayings will have to be very short. I picked cutesy ones like you might find on those conversation heart candies that we all love this time of year. Here are some of the sayings I used:
-U R Top Dog
-I Dig U
-I Woof U
Be sure to allow the coating enough time to set completely before wrapping these sweet treats up in a pretty package for your furry valentine.