Sweetheart Cookies

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Valentine’s Day is literally just around the corner, so it’s time to break out my traditional valentine’s day cookies! Okay so they aren’t really a tradition, but I’ve made them for the past 4 years every single Valentine’s Day so they might as well be a tradition. I got the recipe from my Williams-Sonoma Kids Cookies cookbook. I dipped the cookies in chocolate because I absolutely adore chocolate. Some people enjoy the cookies without the chocolate, I like a little chocolate-y goodness on my cookies, so I’ll leave the chocolate coating decision up to you. Either way they look super cute and they’re super easy to make. I mean they’re just sugar cookies dressed up. So let’s get baking!

Ingredients:

-2 cups AP flour
-1/4 tspn baking powder
-1 tspn vanilla extract
-3/4 cup unsalted butter (now I made it 1 whole cup because my dough was super dry)
-3/4 cup sugar
-1 egg
-Red food coloring
Coating:
-1 cup semisweet chocolate

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix together the baking powder and the flour in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until light and creamy. Add in the flour mixture (a little bit at a time) and beat until smooth. Gather the dough into a mass and divide in half.
  3. Transfer one half of the dough into a smaller bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Add red food coloring to the remaining dough and mix until the dough is evenly colored. Now I like a slight pinkish hue, red makes it look garish, but again this is all up to you.
  4. Lightly dust your work surface with flour and grab two equal amounts of the pink dough and the uncolored dough. Set one of the dough pieces to the side (pink or white). Take the other piece of dough and roll it into a ball. Then roll the dough ball to form a rope. Take the other ball of dough and form it into a rope.
  5. Place the pink rope next to the white rope, press together gently and twist the ropes together. Then twist the rope into a heart shape. Now the twisting part can get a little hard, so I usually just roll the two strings into one and then shape it into a heart from there. Gently pinch the ends together and set onto a baking sheet
  6. Repeat with the remaining dough.
  7. Bake in the oven for 8-14 minutes or until the cookies begin to turn a very light golden brown around the edges.
  8. Let the cookies cool and if you do want to coat half of the cookies in chocolate, melt some chocolate in a microwavable bowl and dip the cookies. Lay them out on some wax paper and let the chocolate harden. Just make sure to let the cookies cool completely before dipping them in the chocolate.

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Hugs and puppies!

Mimi

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