There’s diversity in how love comes about. Sometimes it needs to be nurtured, takes time to grow. Sometimes it surprises you, slowly creeps up on you when you least expect it. And sometimes . . . BAM . . . it hits you like a truck.
I’ve fallen in love with boyfriends in my past, and then right back out again. I’ve fallen in love and married. I’ve given birth and fallen instantly in love with that beautiful little being. I’ve watched those children grow, been angry and frustrated, fought battles I’ve won and lost, but always in love.
I fell in love with my first house, then abandoned it when I fell in love with my current home. I’ve traveled to foreign countries and to so many cities here in the states and thought “oh, how I love this place.” I love the beach and always will.
People are different in the ways that they show love. Some are all PDA all over the place and some keep it to themselves. I show it in my eyes, if you saw me in love you’d understand that “starry eyed” is a real thing. My eyes literally light up, they gleam and sparkle.
And, of course, I show love through my baking. “Food is love” is a real thing, as real as it gets in my house. As angry as I can get at one of my children’s behavior, I’ll still head to the kitchen and make their favorite foods.
Red Hot Love Cookies
The love I’m talking about today was instantaneous. One look, just one look was all it took. Did I feel that it was a perfect match? No. Did I know there would be a clash of style? Yes. Sometimes we have expectations when we love; oh, it’s still true love but there are things we’d change. The way one dresses, for instance. And in this case, despite the clash of color, would I have changed a thing? Nope, not for a second.
This love was a gift. All love is, but this one literally was. And I was fearful to touch, that’s how awed I was. But touch I did, and there’s no going back now.
I am in love. I don’t care what clothes I’m buried in, just be sure that when the end comes, this thing goes . . . in whichever direction I’m heading . . . with me!
Red Hot Love Cookies©www.BakingInATornado.com
1 stick butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/3 cups flour
1/3 cup baking cocoa
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
Approximately 10 ounces white chocolate
1 box ( oz) Red Hot candy, crushed
OPT: crushed peppermints or red colored baking sugar
*Beat butter just till smooth. Beat in the sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix in flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
*Roll into a log. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
*NOTE: If you’re going to use a heart shaped cookie cutter like I did, make sure the log is close to thick enough to accommodate the size of the heart.
*While the dough is in the fridge, crush the Red Hot Candies.
*Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper,
*Slice log into ¼ inch slices. You can bake these as a circle (they’ll make about 2 dozen) or cut out each circle with a cookie cutter.
*NOTE: If your slices aren’t quite big enough for the cookie cutter, gently flatten them very slightly with the heel of your hand. Adjust your baking time down by a minute if you’ve done this. Also, take the scraps, roll back into a log and refrigerate again to make more cookies.
*Bake for 8 minutes (7 minutes if you’ve flattened them slightly).
*Remove from cookie sheet and allow cookies to cool completely.
*Melt the white chocolate in microwave until completely smooth when mixed. Dip (or paint with a pastry brush) one side of each cookie into the white chocolate and immediately sprinkle with crushed candies. Place on parchment paper in fridge to set.