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Friday, February 14, 2014

Heart-of-My-Heart Cookies for Valentine’s Day



No doubt about it, I love Valentine’s Day!

Maybe because it’s a fun diversion in mid-winter, or maybe because of goodies like these cookies!




I’ve tried countless sugar cookie recipes and this one, from Betty Crocker, is about the best I’ve made. It’s a simple recipe, I will be using again, for a great crunchy cookie.

The dough is easy to work with after being refrigerated a couple of hours.  If you refrigerate it over-nite like I do, let it set at room temperature an hour to warm up before shaping into hearts.







Oven-ready!


The best part of the cookie is the great flavor  ~~~  

I just wish I had the patience and the knack of decorating them that my MIL had!

You know the saying:  “Betcha can’t eat just one!”



Here’s wishing you all
the
Happiest Valentine’s Day!



Heart-of-My-Heart Cookies
Adapted

Ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1½ cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2½ cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
¼ teaspoon salt

Method:

In large bowl, beat butter, powdered sugar, vanilla and egg with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon.
Stir in flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar.
Cover, refrigerate for 2 hours or overnite.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Divide dough in half.
On lightly floured surface, roll each half ¼” thick.
Cut with 3½” heart-shaped cookie cutter.
On ungreased cookie sheet, place cutouts 2” apart.
If desired, sprinkle with colored sugars.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden.
Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack and cool completely, about 30 minutes.

Decorate with vanilla frosting, if desired and sprinkles.


Simple Vanilla Frosting

Ingredients:

¼ cup butter, softened
Dash salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
2 cups powdered sugar

Method:

In a medium size bowl, combine all of the ingredients.
Mix by hand or electric mixer until smooth and spreadable.
Makes 2 to 2½ dozen cookies


ENJOY!










16 comments:

  1. What pretty cookies. I know we can't eat just one:)

    Happy Valentine's Day Pam.
    Sam

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  2. Pam, love these cookies, look beautiful and cute!
    happy Valentine's day dear!!

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  3. looks wonderful pam happy valentines

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  4. Pam, Love sugar cookies with a bit of frosting! These look great. Happy Valentine's Day! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  5. Sugar cookies are my favorite....I've always wanted to be able make them (look pretty) but no luck here. Maybe someday!!
    Happy Valentines day to you my friend...
    shug

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  6. I had to smile because my cookie decorating skills are awful. I'm glad for the recommendation on a good sugar cookie! Thank you.

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  7. How pretty! They almost look too pretty to eat...almost! Happy Valentines day! xox

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  8. Hello Pam... and thanks so much for visiting my blog and your nice comment... your cookies look delish!... Happy Valentines Day to you, xoxo Julie Marie

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  9. They are cute cute:-)
    I will keep the recipe..for the boys to cut out..:-)
    Hope you are having a lovely day:-)

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  10. The cookies are so cute!! What a fun Valentine's Day gift!! Thanks for sharing :)
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  11. When first I saw this title, Pam, I thought of a very old song my father use to sing around the house...It went something like, Heart of My Heart when friends were dear again...it was a long, long time ago. As for those cookies, they look oh so pretty. I bet they taste yummy too. You did a great job of decorating. I usually have two left feet when it comes to decorating, lol...

    Thanks for sharing...

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  12. You can't beat a good sugar cookie! Happy Valentines day!

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  13. Oooo, those look really good.
    I bet your Valentine's enjoyed
    them.

    M : )

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  14. Dear Pam,
    I hope your day was beautiful.
    The cookies look wonderful.
    Blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  15. Hi Pam,
    Your cookies looks wonderful! I'm all for crunchy cookies!
    Hope you had a fabulous Valentine's Day with your family!

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  16. Perfect for Valentine's Day - or any day, actually. Betty Crocker is an "old friend" of mine!:-)

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