One thing I do try to do every year is make cut-out heart cookies for Valentine's day. I always feel like by now we're ready for them again since Christmas and it's always fun to use different cookie cutters, sprinkles and new colors of icing. I love to watch Food Network on t.v. and one of my favorites is the Pioneer Woman. I was watching her over the weekend and she was doing chocolate cookies and thought it'd be fun to try. Then I looked and her recipe was very similar to my recipe for my Grandma's butter cut-out cookies. So why not make both! I made one batch of regular ones and adapted the recipe to make chocolate ones too. They turned out really good! Grandma's recipe is what I've used for years at Christmas and any other holiday to make cut-outs. They are a butter cookie so they aren't as sweet as some sugar cookie recipes. I think that's why I like it so much. After you pile on the icing and sprinkles and whatever else, it's nice to have your cookie not soaked in sugar too. The chocolate ones have a richer taste and I dipped them in melted white almond bark and still used sprinkles and they were so adorable!
1. Cream together:
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
3 cups of flour (To make chocolate ones use 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 cup cocoa)
3. Beat dough until combined, dough will be stiff.
|This is how your dough should look|
4. Roll out 1/2 the dough on a lightly floured (or cocoa-ed) surface. I roll mine to 1/8-1/4" thick.
|I get flour everywhere!|
|There's the cocoa... Even messier!|
6. Use remaining dough and scraps to roll out again until you have used all the dough.
|Using my cute cutters|
8. Let cool completely and ice and decorate as you'd like
|They are delicious even like this!|
1. Whisk together until smooth:
2-3 cups powdered sugar
2-3 T milk or water
1-2 tsp light corn syrup
**Add more powdered sugar if it's too runny or more liquid if it's too thick
2. Separate into smaller bowls and color with food coloring
3. Using a spoon or knife spread desired amount onto cookies and decorate with sprinkles or toppings.
4. Let set about 30-45 minutes to harden.
|There's my helper!|
|Look at that concentration!|
|I didn't like how the icing looked on the chocolate so I dipped |
them in white almond bark instead.
|Yum! Chocolate on chocolate... doesn't get much better!|
Grab yourself a cup of coffee with these ones.