In this house, we definitely like to enjoy sweets now and then—at the occasional, appropriate, time and place. Making a sweet treat for my husband, Matt, has always been one of my Valentine’s Day gifts since I consider it to be an appropriate time. I believe that when I make something myself and I can control the ingredients, I can make a version that is a bit healthier than standard recipes. I don’t kid myself into thinking that the following recipe is healthy, but is a little “less unhealthy” and that makes me feel better about what I feed my family.
In a small bowl, combine the flours, baking soda and salt. Mix well with a fork or whisk.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugars and vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add the eggs one at a time beating well after each egg. Gradually, beat in the flour mixture and stir in the chocolate chips.
Place the dough onto a rimmed cookie sheet, lined with a Silpat or parchment paper, and spread it out across the sheet. Leave around ½ inch of space from the edge since the cookie will expand as it cooks. I’ve found that the easiest way to spread out the dough is to use my hands.
Bake for 7 minutes, turn the cookie sheet around and cook for 6 more minutes.
When the cookie sheet comes out of the oven, let it sit for 1 minute.
Then, cut the cookies into shapes using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Let them sit for an additional 2 minutes, then remove them to wire racks to cool.
It is easier to remove the bits of cookie that are not shaped into hearts first and then remove the heart-shaped cookies.