Valentines Day is one of those holidays I just don’t get excited about like so many others seem to get delirious over. I personally associate the day with piles of terrible candy covered in pink and red tat with a dash of cheap novelty greeting cards. However, in my utmost determination to disassociate myself from these negative ideas of v-day, I thought I’d make something awesome to take my mind away from the mountains of gaudy baubles pawned off on naive lovebirds.
Heart Containers were an easy choice. Who wouldn’t love someone that gave them the gift of extra health? I know I would! One if the most rewarding things about a Zelda game, especially later on, is having an absolute ton of hearts. Unless of course you consider yourself more the type of person that walks a dangerous road and chooses to skip heart collecting. Either way, fans of both approaches can appreciate the importance of keeping your heart containers full. Or maybe empty, in the case of these cookies.
Fun Fact: There were actually three Oracle games planned, but due to time restraints, the third was scrapped.
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large egg yolks
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
Very finely crushed red hard candy, about 1 cup (I used a raspberry drop candy I happened across at the supermarket)
1 cup icing sugar
1 tablespoon milk
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and vanilla and beat to combine. Slowly add flour mixture and beat to combine. Form dough into 2 equal balls, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Working with 1 disk at a time, roll out dough between floured parchment paper to 1/8-inch thickness. Stack dough in parchment on a baking sheet; refrigerate until firm, 30 minutes. Cut out heart shapes using cookie cutters or, if none are available, cut out shapes using a clean, non-perforated knife. Place cookies, 1 inch apart, on well greased tin foil baking sheets (this makes it easier to get the glassy hard candy center off the foil). Bake until cookies are pale but set, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove sheets from oven; fill cutouts with crushed candy. Bake until cookies begin to brown at edges and candy is melted, 3 minutes. Let cool completely on sheets on wire racks.
Mix icing sugar and milk together then apply to the outside cookie and let set.
Fun Fact: The Pols Voice monster in The Legend of Zelda was originally meant to be defeated by screaming into a microphone for the NES. It was, however, scrapped in the US, and only applied to the Japanese Famicom version. The US manual still refers to them “disliking loud noises”.