I decided today to celebrate this day as a reminder of God's love. Some people dread Valentine's Day, because it reminds them that they do not have a lover, or perhaps they have lost a loved one. But, I suggest that this Valentine's day we remember Jesus. We recognize God's amazing love for us. Because let's face it, what one of us, hasn't had some kind of failed human relationship. A relationship where if we based love on that alone, or on our capability to love we would sadly miss the joy of knowing Him and His perfect love! If you perhaps need to be reminded of God's love for you today, go visit here. I pray you will be refreshed and reminded anew of how deep the Father's love for you truly is.
And for fun, I must leave you with this most delectable cookie, perfectly appropriate to celebrate this day enjoying!!
Chocolate White Chocolate Chunk Cookies (with Macadamia Nuts....)
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temp.
1 cup light brown sugar, packed (I use dark brown, mmmmm)
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 extra large eggs at room temperature
2/3 cup good unsweetened cocoa
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 pounds good white chocolate, coarsely chopped ( I divide this in half and the other half I use coarsely chopped macadamia nuts)
Preheat oven to 350
Cream the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Add the vanilla, then the eggs, 1 at a time, and mix well. Add the cocoa and mix again. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt and add to the chocolate with the mixer on low speed until just combined. Fold in the chopped white chocolate and nuts.
Drop the dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, using a 1 3/4 inch ice cream scoop (or a large spoon). Bake for exactly 15 minutes ( the cookies will seem underdone.) Remove from the oven and let cool slightly on the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. Enjoy!!