Friday, February 11, 2011

Valentine's Day Cookies

Valentine's Day Cookies


courtesy of marthastewart.com


 

Ingredients

Makes several dozen, depending on cookie size
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 2/3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup pale-pink or white sanding sugar (optional)
  • Petal dust in pink, orange, and violet tones (optional)
  • 2/3 cup apricot or strawberry jam, slightly warmed (optional)

Directions

  1. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into large bowl. On low speed, gradually add flour mixture to mixer bowl, alternating with buttermilk, until combined. Wrap dough in plastic; chill until firm, 1 hour or overnight.
  2. To color white sanding sugar, if using: Place a few tablespoons in a small bowl. Mix in petal dust with a toothpick, a bit at a time, until desired shade is reached. Colored sanding sugar will last indefinitely.
  3. Heat oven with two racks centered to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. On lightly floured surface, roll chilled dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut out hearts using any 1- to 3 1/2-inch heart cookie cutters. If desired, cut centers out of some hearts. Transfer with spatula to baking sheets. Chill for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, if using. Bake until just golden but not too brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to rack. Continue with dough; re roll scraps.
  4. To make sandwich hearts: Brush bottom heart lightly with jam; cover with a second heart with center cut out; jam will adhere hearts. Fill cut-out area with more jam. Cookies will keep, in an airtight container, at room temperature for 1 week.
Read more at Marthastewart.com: Valentine Cookies - Martha Stewart Recipes


Delicious and easy, this cookie recipe is great for rolling out those Valentine's Day hearts. Happy baking!

Photo Gallery

I was out of buttermilk and milk!  Online, I found out that 8oz of milk to 1 3/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar is an acceptable substitute.  It worked! 
Sarah Elizabeth is gathering the eggs.
Creaming butter and sugar.
Sifting dry ingredients.
Whirling and Whizzing
Adding the "buttermilk".
The batter is ready to be refrigerated for at least one hour.
Mmmmm this is Sarah's favorite part.  Don't worry, she didn't touch the batter *winks*.
Jordan likes to decorate the cookies with red and white sprinkles. For fun, we made a few cookies with handles.
Sarah is waiting patiently for the cookies.
A few of the cookies had jam added to the center.
Ben came home just in time for the best part.  Welcome home babe!
Isn't it fun being a kid?
Gabriel has a big heart.
Happy Valentine's Day!




2 comments:

Carl said...

I love the swirly-whirly part. And hearts on a stick, what a great idea. Gabriel does indeed have a big heart. Bet they tasted so good.

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