Spotted Hearts

Spotted Hearts |

Last week was our final week with my students at school and before saying good bye to them, I wanted to make something sweet for them. This is not a usual habit of mine, but I enjoyed teaching those students much, so I think these sweet spotted hearts would be the best gift for my lovely students. We were together for 5 months and I was their English speaking and listening teacher, so we talked on several topics together. What I love the most about them was that they always had something to say about any issue, they knew when to make jokes and when to talk seriously. I’m not sure what they love about me, maybe my age.

When I told my colleague, Özlem that I would make something for my students, she suggested making this together and I gladly accepted. It was so enjoyable to make something with her as she is a cheerful and witty person.

Benekli Kalpler

– 2 eggs
– 1 cup sugar
– ½ tbsp baking powder
– 250gr butter (room temperature)
– ½ tbsp vanilla powder
– 2 ½ cups flour (you may add more if the dough is not thick enough)
– 2tbsp cocoa

Sieve the flour in a large bowl. Break two eggs in the middle of it. Mix them with hands. Add butter, sugar, vanilla and baking powder and combine them well. The dough must be soft but thick. If it’s not thick enough add a little more flour in it. Then let it rest for 20 minutes.

After this time, divide the dough into two. Put one half of it into another bowl. Combine this one with cocoa. You can add more cocoa if you like it darker.


Take the dough without cocoa on the counter and roll it out with a rolling pin. Then take the one with cocoa and roll it out, too. Lay the latter on the former one and roll them together.


You’ll have a cylinder dough now inside which you see a brown layer.

Slice it with a sharp knife just like a cake. You see how yummy it looks even before it is cooked. I would almost have a bite from one of these cute raw slices, but my friend stopped me. I’m sure her concern was the number of my students.


Preheat the oven at 180 C (400F)

Grab a piece and roll it out. Now it’s time for some joy! We’ll shape our dough with cookie cutters.


This is my favorite step of making cookies. Press a cookie cutter you like on the dough and cut it. Remove it from the counter with the help of a knife.You see a butterfly shape in the photo, but I didn’t like it much, so I replaced it with a heart shape.


Put it on an oven tray. You don’t need to oil the tray this time as the cookies have enough butter in them. After cutting a cookie, take the formless dough left and combine it with another slice of uncooked dough. Roll it out and do the same. Repeat this until you finish the dough. Cook them for 30 minutes until they get a bit brownish.


You see a photo of us here, I’m wondering if you can recognize me as the teacher among these young guys. Let me help you. Look at the left corner, I’m the one with a black tshirt. What do you say? Don’t I look like a teacher? My students agree with you. Many students think that I am one of the new students at the beginning of the term and I love this as this makes me feel as young as them.

You can guess how my students were surprised when I took the cookies out of a bag in the middle of the lesson. This was a gift for them and my gift was the smile on their faces while eating these hearts and asking for one more.

Spotted Hearts |

Chivalrous Fruits

Pineapple, apple, pomegrenate, pear, orange and banana are passing over the river hand in hand to reach the big forest across the river. This will be the first time for them to see the other side of the river. They have been living here for year, but have never had enough courage even to walk on this bridge. But this time they’ve taken their courage in their hands and decided to hit the trail. Their solution to defeat their fear is to walk hand in hand and to sing a lively song. They are singing with such a great joy that all the living things in the forest can hear them. With the effect of their joyful voice, all butterflies start to dance, all frogs stop croaking, even bears wake up from their deep sleep as they are all mesmerized with this song. It’s been a long time since they heard such a fascinating harmony and rhythm. The destination of these cute fruits is that small hut in the forest. They’ve heard that Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma is ill in her bed and they can’t leave her alone, that’s why they’ve decided to adventure and look after her. (drawing by mom)


  1. OysterCulture says

    What a great way to top off what sounds like a wonderful end of year. What a treat and a great memory to offer those cookies. I thought you were definitely a student, one that tried to sneak up a class at that =)

  2. says

    That’s very sweet of you to make your students cookies. =)

    I never would have figured you to be the teacher. You can easily blend in. The perks of looking young.

  3. says

    What a lovely gift. I love teaching, and had some of my writing students over for barbecue and a movie last weekend. It was such fun. It’s such a joy when you have a great class.

  4. says

    I remember my teaching years, and there is always a class that will stick in your teaching memories for years. I didn’t know you were a teacher. Glad to know.

    And those cookies sure look good, I will make sure to bake them sometime in the fall.

    Have a great day!

  5. says

    Zerrin, I recognized you in the picture without your hints:) Such a lovely gift from you to your students. I am sure your students will talk about your cookies for a long time. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Leesie says

    I wasn’t able to pick you out just by looking at the picture, but it was great that you shared a picture of you and your class with us! The cookies look so good and it was a sweet thing for you to do for your class.

  7. kate smedley says

    These cookies look wonderful and you definitely don’t look any older than your students!!

  8. says

    I reckon that the best kind of teacher is the one who makes cookies for her students – I’ll bet your students think so too!

  9. says

    you could easily fit in with your students! How lovely of you making some excellent cookies for them,…a labour of love ,….

  10. says

    Such a nice treat to share with your kids. I didn’t pick you out, but I will know better next time.

  11. says

    You do look like one of the students – how cool! And how very sweet of you to bake them cookies. They look delicious!

  12. says

    What I love best about your posts is the recurrent theme of sharing the act of cooking with another person. How often have we read that you’ve joined a friend or a family member in making a dish, or how you’ve prepared food not only for yourself and your husband but for many others like your neighbors and your students? I always say that eating is such an intimate act because you take food into yourself and for the most part, you choose what you eat. But eating and cooking is also a matter of trust and caring for others – you must trust the person who makes your food and you feel deeply for those for whom you cook.

    These cookies embody all that trust and caring – you shared some time with a great friend and gave your students such delicious treats! Now, I’m pretty sure it has not been that long since you’ve been a student yourself . . . you certainly fit in! 😎

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