Painted Valentine’s Day Cookies


Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and I love to give hand-made items to loved ones as a special treat. And if you put all of your love into it, they’ll taste better 🙂
Painted Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies
*Classic sugar cookie recipe adapted from Canadian Living

3/4 cup butter, room temp.
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
heart-shaped cookie cutters
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp almond extract
3-4 Tblsp water
red gel food colouring (colours of choice, I love red for Valentine’s!)

  1. In a large bowl, or stand-mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy and well combined. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Slowly add the flour mixture to the butter mixture a 1/3 at a time. At this point the mixture will start to form a dough.
  4. Divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a thick disc and wrap well with plastic wrap. Place in the fridge for an hour, or also overnight.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375F/180C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Take one of the discs out of the fridge and let stand for 15mins until the dough has softened and is easier to roll. Roll the dough out to a large circle or rectangle, about 1/8″ in thickness. Take your heart cookie cutter and start cutting out your hearts! Place each cut-out onto the parchment paper.
  7. Bake the cookies for about 6mins until just starting to golden. Allow to cool.
  1. Sift the confectioner’s sugar into a medium bowl. Add the almond extract and water until you get a runny frosting. You can add more water to get a runnier consistency if need be.
  2. Dip the top of each cookie in the frosting and set back onto the parchment paper, or drying wrack to dry for several hours.
  3. Once the frosting has dried thoroughly. You can get painting!
  4. Add a tiny amount (about 1/8 tsp) of red gel food colouring into separate bowls. Add a touch of water (about 1/8 tsp) to moisten. Swirl your paintbrush in the colour and paint designs right onto the frosted cookies!
Makes about 50 cookies.



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