Thursday, February 12, 2015

Simple and Sweet Heart Sugar Cookies/Day 10 of 14 Days of Valentine's

Today's Valentine's treat is simple and sweet.
It is a yummy sugar cookie, topped with red frosting,
and wrapped in an sweet organza bag.
These look adorable placed on the top plate
of a table setting, or attached to a special Valentine!

Mini Valentine Cookies




No Fail Sugar Cookies
2 cups Butter
2 cups Sugar
2 Eggs
2 teaspoon Almond Extract
5 cups Flour
3 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Salt

Antonia74 Royal Frosting
3/4 cup Warm Water
5 tablespoons Meringue Powder
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
2.25 pounds Confectioner's Sugar

Mini Valentine Cookies
Cream your butter and sugar together
until light and fluffy.
Add eggs and almond extract. Mix well.
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Mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
Add to butter mixture a little at a time, until 
dough comes together.
Mini Valentine Cookies
The dough needs to be chilled. On the Kitchen Gifts web site
they recommend this great idea so you can start cutting out
your cookies sooner than later. Take a spatula full 
of dough, and put it in the middle of  a piece of
 parchment paper. Cover the dough with the same size
parchment paper. Roll out the dough to 1/4" thickness.
Mini Valentine Cookies

Place the dough on a baking sheet, cover with plastic, 
and let it chill in the refrigerator. Repeat the process
 until all the dough is used, and all the sheets of 
parchment are in the fridge. By the time you are done,
the first sheet you put in should be done. If not, wait about
1/2 hour. They should be done by then. 
Take out the first batch, cut out, and start baking at
350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
The best thing is that you are not adding any additional 
 flour to your cookies.
If covered properly with the plastic, these can stay in
the fridge overnight. Many times I have made the recipe
before I go to bed, and then I cut them out and 
bake them in the morning.
Mini Valentine Cookies

In a mixing bowl, pour in the warm water and the meringue powder.
Whisk together for 30 seconds.
Add the Cream of Tartar.
Whisk together for 30 seconds more.
Place all the icing sugar in the bowl and mix on low for a full
10 minutes. The icing will get thick and creamy.
Keep bowl covered with a damp tea towel to prevent crusting.
Tint with food colorings and water to obtain desired
color and consistency.

Outline the heart cookie using a # 3 Wilton tip.
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Fill cookie in.
Let cookie dry completely.
Mini Valentine Cookies
Give to your Valentine!

Happy Valentine's Day!









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