Heart-Shaped Cookies. Heart-Shaped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. Heart-Shaped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies with a pretty little drizzle of white chocolate for decoration. All that’s missing are the roses and violins. What’s come over me?
Before you answer “Valentine’s Day” let me assure that these heart-shaped chocolate sandwich cookies aren’t necessarily what you think they are. I mean they could be, if you want them to be. Then again tree-shaped, ear-shaped or pig-shaped cookies could just as easily be the silly symbols of love we associate with February 14th. Everyone loves bacon.
That’s because the heart shape (be it in chocolate sandwich cookies, playing cards or biker tattoos) actually looks nothing whatsoever like a real live heart. Human or otherwise. What’s up with that? Just how (and why) do we dole out so much heart-shaped Valentine’s Day paraphernalia?
Well, there’s some pretty convincing evidence that the heart shape I used for these chocolate sandwich cookies was never intended to look like a cardiac muscle. In fact the idea that love emanates from the old ticker is a rather modern contrivance. It seems the symbol we’ve come to associate with all kinds of human endearment is actually based on a contraceptive ‘remedy’ from the Roman era. That’s right, those rascally Romans believed that the heart-shaped seedpod of the silphium plant had special powers of birth control. I’d include a picture of the plant, but it’s extinct now (that’s how popular ‘love’ was in those days).
So when you look at these Heart-Shaped Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. You can think about love in the modern sense (I certainly do). Or you can think about a type of love that was so beloved by the Romans that they put it on their coins. Can you imagine the uproar if an American dollar bill were so adorned? Oh, how the world has changed. GREG