Easy Valentine’s Day Cookies

My girls.

Hon, you know I have a bunch of mottos. One of them is, “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.” That’s the reason snow days are for sledding, hot chocolate, and baking! If friends can make it over, even better. Today isn’t a good sledding day, but it is a snow day so baking is on my mind. These easy Valentine’s Day cookies are made using a basic sugar cookie recipe, decorating them with Royal Icing, and adding sprinkles (or other candies). Hello holiday spirit!

Sugar Cookie

Ingredients: 

3 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 cup butter

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients.
  4. Add dry ingredients to butter/sugar mixture in increments until the flour mixture is completely incorporated.
  5. Chill in fridge for about one hour, then let sit on counter while you prepare the surface you are using to roll out the dough. 
  6. Roll dough to desired thickness and cut into hearts with a cookie cutter. (If you don’t have a heart cookie cutter, cut a heart out of cardboard and use as a stencil.)
  7. I line my cookie sheets with parchment paper, but you may bake them directly on ungreased cookie sheets.
  8. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until edges turn slightly brown.

Yield:  Approximately 3 dozen cookies, depending on cookie cutter size.

Royal Icing

Ingredients:

slightly under 2 cups confectioners sugar

1 1/2 Tablespoons of meringue or dried egg white powder (I used the brand Deb El and a product called Just Whites.)

3 Tablespoons warm water

1/2 teaspoon vanilla, optional (note: adding vanilla adds flavor but tints the color of the icing)

sprinkles, decorating sugar (or other candies)

Directions:

  1. Beat 4 to 5 minutes
 by hand.
  2. Thin icing, if needed with an extra tablespoons of warm water.  Decorate as desired. 
  3. Let cookies stand until icing dries. Enjoy!

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