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Valentine sugar cookies




 

 

Make a special memory with preschoolers this winter … bake cookies! If you didn’t get around to cookie baking and decorating over the December holidays, Valentine’s Day — with its hearts in all shapes and sizes — might be the perfect (and a more relaxing) time of year to get your hands in the dough.

This easy sugar cookie recipe uses powdered sugar rather than granulated sugar in the dough, producing a melt-in-your-mouth cookie. It’s a family favorite whether we eat them plain or decorated with a few swirls of icing.

VALENTINE
SUGAR COOKIES
Makes 5 dozen cookies
1 cup unsalted butter,
room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar,
plus more for rolling
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla
extract
1 teaspoon almond extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose
flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar (optional)

Assorted candies, sprinkles or icing for decorating
(optional)

1. Cream the butter in the
bowl of an electric mixer.
Add the powdered sugar
and start the machine slowly; when the sugar has been
incorporated, turn up speed
and beat until light and
fluffy. Blend in egg, vanilla
and almond extract.
2. In another bowl, sift
together the flour and salt;
add it gradually to the batter. Mix on low until dough
comes together. Divide the
dough in half, shape into
flat disks, cover and chill at
least 1 hour.
3. Heat oven to 375 F.
Line baking sheets with
parchment. Remove one
dough disk from the refrigerator, roll out 1/8 inch
thick on a board dusted
with powdered sugar, and
cut with a 2-1/2-inch heart shaped cookie cutter. (If
dough sticks to it, dip in
flour, shake off excess, then
cut dough). Place the hearts
on prepared baking sheets.
Repeat with second disk.
4. Sprinkle hearts with

granulated sugar, if you
wish.
5. Bake 8-10 minutes or
until very light brown on
edges. Cool on wire racks
before serving or decorating. Makes 5 dozen 2-1/2-
inch heart-shaped cookies.
Tip for young bakers:
Collect vintage cookie cutters with small handles on
top to make it easier to cut
dough.
Donna Erickson’s award winning series “Donna’s
Day” is airing on public
television nationwide. Her
latest book is “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for
Families.”

©2017 Donna Erickson


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