Valentine’s Sugar Cookies
Valentine’s Sugar Cookies are so much fun for the whole family. I like to make a dozen or two. I use this same recipe at Easter as well (or actually for any occasion). My best tip, when you roll the cookie dough, roll it a little thicker than you would normally roll it (between 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick). Only ever roll, cut and bake VERY cold dough. Also, baking at a slightly lower temperature and letting them cool completely, will keep your cookie from breaking when you try to decorate.
For the Cookies:
3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
Powdered sugar, for rolling out dough
Almond Bark (or other dipping chocolate)
Vanilla Almond Bark
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Place softened but not melted butter and sugar in large bowl of electric stand mixer and beat until light in color.
- Add egg and milk and beat to combine.
- Put mixer on low speed, gradually add flour, and beat until mixture pulls away from the side of the bowl.
- Divide the dough in half, wrap in waxed paper, and refrigerate for 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, sprinkle a flat surface with powdered sugar.
- Take ONE dough out of the fridge.
- Sprinkle rolling pin with powdered sugar, and roll out dough to 1/4-inch thick.
- Move the dough around and check underneath frequently to make sure it is not sticking.
- Make sure to do this quickly, if the dough starts to warm up, you will want to return it to the fridge for at least 30 minutes to make it cold again.
- Cut the desired shapes.
- Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes at 375 degrees F until the edges slightly turn brown. (you may need to rotate the cookie sheet halfway thru to make sure that you don’t over-brown the cookies)
- Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let it sit for 2 minutes before moving the cookies to a cooling rack.
After they are very cool, you are ready to decorate. This is when it is great to get the littles involved. My girls like to cut the cookies too, but since I am so scared of the dough getting too warm, I like to just get them cut and placed in the oven as soon as possible. This helps keep them from spreading. (The parchment paper helps too.)
We used almond bark (milk chocolate and vanilla), chopped walnuts and sprinkles.
- Melt Chocolates in separate containers for 1 minute in the microwave. Stir and if it needs additional time, do so in 15 second increments.
- Have fun! This is where you can just go crazy. Dip half and half. Or, if you like, dip the whole thing in one color and drizzle the other. There are no rules, just let the chocolate set completely before plating.
What a great gift for my girls to give their daddy for Valentines Day!?!?! Oh, and if you want to just find some pretty already made shortbread or sugar cookies, you could definitely substitute those and you wouldn’t need to bake them. And if “Daddy” or “Mommy” doesn’t bake, that can be a great alternative and still make for a great Valentines gift with a personal touch.
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