February 2, 2016

For my Valentine!

How about these heart shaped cookies?  So pretty and so delicious, too!

I made these sugar cookies using my old stand-by sugar cookie recipe that I have had for so long, I cannot remember when or where I got it.

 I have all the recipes that I have gathered for these past many years in a ring binder.  I recently ordered a new one from Amazon because my old one had been used so much that it had literally fallen apart.

I was getting my hair colored and cut right before Christmas at Bella Donna, and they were having their Christmas party that day. One of the stylists mentioned she had made "crack dip" and how good it was and so easy to make.

Now before the days of the internet  - "gasp",  you would have to jot the recipe down on a scrap piece of paper.  But I just "googled it" when I got home, and there it was.

BTW, I made it for my son's birthday party, and it was delicious, but like I always say, anything with cheese and bacon, well, it's hard to beat.

If you feel so inclined, make these bad boys for your Valentine.  I adapted my own recipe because I didn't have enough all-purpose flour or any lemon extract.  I used self-rising flour, one tsp. of baking powder, no salt and vanilla extract instead of the lemon extract.  I let my cookie dough stand in the refrigerator for one hour.  They turned out perfectly.

Sugar Cookies

2/3 cup of butter (room temperature)
1 cup sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
3-3/4 cups of flour
2 tsp. baking powder
 pinch of salt
1 tsp. lemon  extract

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

Whip butter with a mixer.  Add sugar and mix until light and fluffy.
 Add eggs, one at a time until well incorporated.  

Add flour mixture together in three separate batches until just incorporated.

Let stand in refrigerator for one hour or overnight.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 20 minutes.

For the Frosting:

1 box powdered sugar (or four cups)
pinch of salt
1 stick butter (room temperature)
milk to desired consistency

Tint the frosting pink and frost each cookie.  I used a Wilton decorating tip to make borders on the cookies and sprinkled on pearl nonpareils.

Serve to your Valentine!!  


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