A Perfect Valentine for your son who doesn't like that lovey-dovey stuff: Domo Heart Cookies
Domo Loves You!
Get your dough ready.
Those paper classroom exchange Valentines in a box can be cute, but they aren't all that yummy. This is an edible valentine to make with your child that are sure to make his classmates smile.
You can use your favorite sugar cookie recipe, or even use the ready made variety that comes in a tube in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. You're going to turn 2/3rds of your dought chocolate brown by simply mixing in some baking cocoa powder. The other 1/3 will be red by mixing in gel food color.
Don't use the liquid food color as you'll need so much of it that it will change the consistency of your dough, and will still be pale. The gels are far better for this project.
You may need to add a teaspoon or two of milk when incorporating the cocoa powder to keep the dough the right consistency.
Roll your dough and cut your cookies.
These cookies will keep their shape better - which is important when you remove the rectangular section of dough from the center to make Domo's mouth and replace it with the red dough - if you roll your dough a little on the thicker side. Most recipes call for rolling the dough 1/8-1/4 inch thick, so aim towards the higher end of that range.
Now, I happen to have a pretty large collection of cookie cutters, so a heart was no problem to come up with. I have heart shaped cookie cutters that range from tiny to huge. What I didn't have was a little rectangular one to form the mouth.
What I did use was pretty genius, if I do say so myself: I have a miniature grater that was just the right shape, so I picked a heart that would simply be in proportion to my grater. These graters are super cheap and can come in handy cooking other things, too.
The method is simple: cut your heart from the brown chocolate dough and then cut and remove the rectangle that forms Domo's mouth. You will then roll your red dough and cut out the red inserts and simply place them in the cookie.
I used black sugar pearls for his eyes. If you use these, you may find it helpful to poke an shallow indent where you will be placing them - it makes it easier to hide the icing that will "glue" them into place.
I used any leftover dough I had by making smaller hearts to compliment the larger Domo cookies.
Bake as directed in your recipe, or on the ready made dough package.
Now it's time to decorate them.
I used royal icing to pipe on his teeth and just a tiny bit to fix the black sugar pearl eyes in place. Be sure your cookies are fully cooled before you begin.
Here's my recipe, but feel free to use your favorite:
You'll want to make this in a small but deep bowl or vessel. I find my 2 cup size pyrex measuring pitcher works well, but use what you have. Just be sure it's deep, or you may find yourself spewing powdered sugar all over when you turn on the blender. I learned this lesson once the hard way!
Combine the following in your bowl
1 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar - the powdered white kind you find in the baking isle of the store
1/8 teaspoon cream of tarter - this helps stabilize your icing so if forms stiff peaks, don't skip.
1 egg white
Use a hand blender or stick blender and mix until peaks form when you pull up the blender from the frosting. This will take several minutes.
Put your icing in a decorating bag fitted with a tip and pipe as desired on your cookies. If you don't have a decorating bag, you can use a heavier plastic zip lock bag, trimming a small bit of one of the lower corners off. Just squeeze gently so the icing flows just above your cookie, there's no need to touch except for starting and stopping your piping.
The cookies will take 45 minutes or so for the icing to fully set.