I have always loved to bake and experiment with recipes out there. However after TJ’s anaphylactic reaction, I became paralyzed in many aspects of my life including my passion for baking. Like I’ve stated in previous posts, I spent the next two years, avoiding… avoiding and avoiding, paralyzed by that fear. For most of my life, I was the person who would enthusiastically volunteer to bake for events,. However, I avoided this at all costs now. It was easier…
it was safer …
it was what I did to handle the fear the world of allergies brought.
I mean they do say FEAR = false evidence appearing real.
However, soon I started to learn that I didn’t need to do this and that in fact, parties and events that set up an incredible challenge for us…
…were really bringing us an incredible opportunity.
FEAR = forever embodying amazing revival
That’s when we started to experiment with recipes and began to create our allergy-safe recipe book. Yesterday, I took the day off to prepare a couple items for my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower today. One of those preparations involved creating this very recipe with TJ (who has already eaten 3 of these cookies).
So here you go: the perfect heart cookie drenched in scrumptious chocolate and everlasting love.
Heart Shaped Cookies (dairy, egg, peanut free)
Oven: 350 degrees
Time: An hour (But the dough should sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before using.)
- It makes 24 cookies. I doubled it to make enough for the event.
- 1/2 cup non-dairy butter (We used Earth’s Balance)
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup applesauce
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups flour
- 1 bag of Enjoy Life chocolate chunks
- 1 tablespoon Nutiva Shortening
- sprinkles of your choice
- Melt the dairy free butter. in a saucepan.
- Mix the DF butter with sugar.
- Stir in apple sauce.
- Then, add vanilla.
- Slowly mix in 3 cups of flour.
- Place dough in plastic wrap or even a plastic baggie after shaping them into a disc. Place in the refrigerator for at least hour, or up to 24 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or use some of the DF butter and flour to grease the pan.
- Roll the dough in a 1/2 thick rectangle and use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out as many as you can from the dough.
- Repeat until the dough is done.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.
- Have the cookies cool completely.
- Use a double boiler or create your own. I used sauce pot of boiling water and put a mixing bowl on the top of it. In the mixing bowl on top, add the chocolate chip chunks and shortening. Stir until melted and smooth.
- Dip half of each cookie into the chocolate, removing excess by tapping it into the bowl.
- Place the cookies on a sheet of parchment paper and quickly add the sprinkles onto the west chocolate. Let set completely.
- Keep the cookies refrigerated until time to serve or an hour before to ensure no melting chocolate.
- Final note: If you battle anxiety from anything,…no matter how long…no matter how deep the scars go… I promise you…you can heal. You can defeat it. You can overcome it. I will be doing more posts about this and mental illness because healing happens…prayer and believe…and eat yummy cookies throughout it all!