Cinnamon Hearts are little red, heart-shaped, hard candies spiked with a hot and spicy cinnamon flavour. Typically they are only available around Valentine's Day but in this world where stores advertise for the next spending occasion before the current one has arrived you can find them for several months of the year.
I like to play around with Valentine treat ideas simply because all us single gals know February 14th is not just for couples. At least that's what I'm telling myself. We don't need a significant other to have a good time! With a little sugar cookie dough, a simple ice cream base, Alton Brown's doughnut recipe, and a bag of cinnamon hearts, Cupid can take the day off.
Grind Cinnamon Hearts to Make a Powder
Instead of using a bottle of food-dye and extracts to flavour and colour your Valentine treats, grind cinnamon hearts to make a powder. With a coffee grinder (wiped clean before and after each use!), cinnamon hearts can be easily pulverized into a pink powder. Use the powder like you would icing sugar to infuse frostings, fondants, ice creams, or dust pastries with that unforgettable spicy cinnamon aroma and colour.
Cinnamon Heart Doughnuts
Fresh doughnuts are a thing of beauty. Crisp on the outside, slightly chewy yet tender on the inside. Making your own doughnuts do not (haha!) have to be too labour intensive - if you make the dough the night before, the chilled dough is easy to roll and will be ready in time for breakfast or even lunch if you have to wait. Frying doughnuts in one Dutch oven won't take any longer than 15-20 minutes once the oil is hot.
Cinnamon Heart Doughnuts - Recipe
Cinnamon Heart Ice Cream
If you have an ice cream churner, making your own sorbets, ice creams, frozen yogurts, or gelatos beats anything you can buy on the grocery store shelf. Be able to customize and create out-of-this world flavours like Cinnamon Heart is pretty sweet.
Cinnamon Heart Ice Cream - Recipe
500 mL milk
125 g cinnamon heart powder
6 egg yolks
100 mL coconut milk or heavy cream
Cinnamon Heart Cookies
A couple of years ago I developed a method of using jell-o powder to both flavour and colour sugar cookies. The picture and idea made waves across the internet and to this day it is my most popular web post. I still avoid artificial colours and flavour as much as possible in the food I prepare and eat and that moderation is why I permit myself a few junk foods on occasion.
Cinnamon Heart Cookies - Recipe
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