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Valentine's Day 2015: Share a cookie with friends, family

In my head, Valentine’s Day means chocolate. And lots of it.

Which is totally fine with me, because I love chocolate. Of course, most people like chocolate. If you don’t, I’m sorry, because you are missing out.

Anyway, on Feb. 14, couples go out of their way to show how much they care for their significant other.

But who said Valentine’s Day has to be all about romantic love? Not me!

My family is the family that shows love through food. Seriously. I can’t remember ever feeling hungry at my grandmother’s, and my mom is the mom who asks two questions when anyone walks through the door: “How are you?” and “Do you want anything to eat or drink?”

Not that I’m complaining; I love my family, and I enjoy cooking and baking for friends and family.

I remember my grandmother making cookies for my sister and me one winter day when school was out thanks to the weather and my mother was out of town for work.

She meticulously rolled each bit of dough in the powdered sugar as I anxiously waited for the ooey-gooey deliciousness.

As I ate way too many of them in one sitting, she smiled. 

So this Valentine’s Day, I plan on baking the same delicious cookies my grandmother made for me that winter, with the hope of spreading some cheer in February.

Chocolate Crinkles
Makes 6 dozen cookies.


  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 squares (1 oz. each) unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • powdered sugar


  1. Mix oil, chocolate and sugar. Blend in one egg at a time. Add vanilla.
  2. Stir flour, baking powder and salt into oil mixture. Chill dough for several hours.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Drop spoonful of dough into powdered sugar. Roll in sugar and shape into balls.
  5. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
Clara Bush is a copy editor at The Elkhart Truth, and writes the TV blog Primetime With Clara. She believes a comfy couch and homemade dessert are essential to a quality night of TV watching.

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