Heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cookies

Whether you’re surprising a significant other, sharing with friends, or creating a delightful surprise for yourself, these Heart-Shaped Valentine’s Day Cookies are a charming way to spread joy. So, preheat your oven, dust off your heart-shaped cookie cutter, and let the sweet symphony of baking fill the air. Get ready to gift not just a cookie but a piece of your heart this Valentine’s Day.

Ingredients

  • For the Cookie Dough
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • Red or pink food coloring (optional)
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutters
  • For the Royal Icing
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons meringue powder
  • 4 tablespoons warm water
  • Red or pink food coloring (optional)
  • Sprinkles or decorations (optional)

Instructions

- For the Cookie Dough
1
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
2
In another bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the softened butter and granulated sugar together until light and fluffy, which should take about 2-3 minutes.
3
Add the egg and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined.
4
Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until the dough comes together. If you want colored cookies, you can add a few drops of red or pink food coloring and mix until the desired color is achieved.
5
Divide the cookie dough in half, shape each half into a disc, wrap them in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.
- For the Cookies
1
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2
Roll out one disc of chilled cookie dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thickness.
3
Use heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut out cookies from the rolled dough. Place the cut-out cookies onto the prepared baking sheet.
4
Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are just beginning to turn golden. Be careful not to overbake.
5
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- For the Royal Icing
1
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar and meringue powder.
2
Gradually add the warm water and whisk until the icing is smooth and glossy. If you want colored icing, you can add a few drops of red or pink food coloring and mix until the desired color is achieved.
- Assembly
1
Once the cookies are completely cool, use a piping bag or a small spatula to decorate them with the royal icing. You can create outlines, fill in the hearts, and add any desired decorations.
2
If you like, add sprinkles or decorations to the icing while it's still wet.
3
Allow the icing to set, and your heart-shaped Valentine's Day cookies are ready to be enjoyed or gifted to your loved ones!

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