Saturday, February 14, 2009

From the Kitchen: Conversation Heart Sugar Cookies

Oooh la la! True love! I love my husband the mostest, but these cookies are so fun and they, too, had me at hello. I make these primarily for Christmas, but in recent years it's been fun to make them for more occasions as well. Like Valentine's Day!

Traditional Sugar Cookies

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening and white sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture. Cover dough and chill for at least one hour. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease cookie sheets, if necessary. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4” thickness. Cut into desired shapes with floured cookie cutters. Place cookies 1 1/2” apart onto cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes (I like these soft, so I only bake them for 6 minutes). Remove cookies from baking sheets to cool on wire racks. Cool completely before icing.

I used Martha's recipe for Royal Icing. Ice cooled cookies and decorate if desired. Place on waxed paper until icing is fully set. Enjoy!


Brenda // Phydeaux said...

Cute and delish!

randomcreative said...

So adorable! Thanks for sharing the recipe!