Do you ever have one of those nights where you just can’t fall asleep … start thinking about everything under the sun? I had one of those nights … thought about new Christmas projects, chocolate, dirty laundry and Valentine Nutter Butter cookies!
I wish Nutter Butter cookies were made in a variety of shapes … since they aren’t … I felt the need to make my own heart shape for Valentine’s Day. OK, it’s time to cue the music and start singing … How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by the Bee Gees … or just hum along. I do have the answer to the question … you can mend a broken heart with chocolate … at least a broken Nutter Butter Heart ;)
I was home alone when I cut the first cookie … I had never seen this done before … did I invent a Nutter Butter Heart? My imagination took over … I felt like a genius, an inventor, maybe a mad scientist … could almost hear Alton Brown laughing in the background … yeah, I got a little carried away! The Peanut Butter Man came home … I shared my Nutter Butter Heart invention … reminded him that I’m a genius, again … he laughed, again. Why does he laugh at me? However, he was very happy that it involved Nutter Butters, as usual ;)
I want to share my joy with you …
Easy as pie! Cutting the cookie at different angles creates different shape hearts (as in the above photo). I used a gentle back and forth sawing motion and with a small serrated steak knife on a cutting board.
I used my electric griddle (on warm, about 150°) to melt several colors of candy coating/candy melts/chocolate …
Gathered various sprinkles and pearls…
Then, I used a Nutter Butter heart to draw 4 patterns (a little larger than the cookie) on white paper …
- Cover the paper pattern with wax paper.
- Use melted candy in a squeeze bottle or pastry bag to draw the outline (add pearls if desired) let it dry for a few minutes.
- Fill in the majority of the heart with melted candy.
- Place the Nutter Butter on the melted candy immediately, press the two halves together, push on the center seam if necessary. Drizzle with melted candy and add sprinkles.
Then I tried this method …
To form one whole heart … I dipped one half in melted candy, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it on wax paper … dipped the other half, tapped off excess chocolate and placed it so that it touched the first piece and attached as the chocolate hardened. Chill for a few minutes. I cleaned up uneven edges of chocolate with a small sharp knife … then added decoration.
To form two halves … a.k.a. a broken heart … I followed the same steps but did not let the two pieces touch on the wax paper.
Can you tell that it’s made from a Nutter Butter?
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